Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sledding 2


Sledding 2, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

West Suburban Chicago Flickrers Meetup
Fabyan Forest Preserve
Geneva, Illinois
December 2007

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White-winged Doves


White-winged Doves, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

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November 2007
At the Casa de San Pedro, a bed and breakfast in Hereford, Arizona

Read more about part 16 of our Arizona and New Mexico vacation

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Cactus


Cactus, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

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November 2007
At the Casa de San Pedro, a bed and breakfast in Hereford, Arizona

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Curved-billed Thrasher


Curved-billed Thrasher, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

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November 2007
At the Casa de San Pedro, a bed and breakfast in Hereford, Arizona

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Bee and Coneflower


Bee and Coneflower, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

In Kate's Garden
Batavia, Illinois
August 2006
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Marsh Station Road


Marsh Station Road, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

The double-tracked UP line splits and one track crosses over the other. And there's this beautiful road bridge there that crosses a canyon and one of the tracks. Kate and I spent about an hour waiting, but there were no trains. But we had a chance to visit with Rick, a local railfan. He gave us the low-down on lots of Arizona railroad subjects. It was a very enjoyable wait.

Near Vail, Arizona
November 2007

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

I hope you find a toy train under your Christmas tree

Merry Christmas!

November 2006
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Merry Christmas from Kate and Jim

Batavia, Illinois
December 2007
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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Keeping an eye out for Santa Cat

Pewee guards the Christmas presents while keeping watch for the Santa
Batavia, Illinois
December 2007
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Desert-fern Tree


Desert-fern Tree, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Lysiloma watsonii v. thornberi in the Mimosa family (Mimosaceae)
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Desert Botanical Garden
Papago Park
Phoenix, Arizona
November 2007
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Teddy Bear Cholla


Teddy Bear Cholla, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Opuntia bileloviifrom the Cactus family (Cactaceae)
Desert Botanical Garden
Papago Park
Phoenix, Arizona
November 2007
www.dbg.org/

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CTA Station at O'Hare International Airport

Kinda of impressive actually.
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Part of "Jim's Excellent Adventure"

I was on the road for two weeks in Tennessee and Indiana and rented an SUV to make the trip. I had to return it to the rental car place at O'Hare today, and instead of having Kate pick me up, I decided to take the CTA downtown from the airport (something I've never done), walk over to the Metra station, and then take the train out to Geneva. In other words, an adventure in public transit. Naturally, I took my camera.

It was fun, but it took me over 5 hours to get home from the time I left the airport. Not exactly an advertisement for "rapid" transit. And I wouldn't want to do it with luggage.

Only a couple of these pictures are any good. But as a collection, they're a work of art. Not very good art, but art.



See all the pictures from this excellent adventure


December 2007
Chicago, Illinois

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Kate Enjoys Her Iced Tea


Kate Enjoys Her Iced Tea, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

She's never too far from it.
November 2007
Sedona, Arizona
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Tlaquepaque


Tlaquepaque, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

November 2007
Sedona, Arizona
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Tlaquepaque


Tlaquepaque, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

How many shopping malls have beautiful chapels?
November 2007
Sedona, Arizona
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One Final Shot


One Final Shot, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

We left Williams on Saturday morning and, since breakfast at the railway's restaurant was part of the package, we also timed it to catch this train before it headed north in the morning. On our way to Sedona.
Alco FPA-4
Grand Canyon Railway
www.thetrain.com/ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_Railway
Williams, Arizona
November 2007
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From Maricopa Point


From Maricopa Point, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Grand Canyon National Park
November 2007
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California Condor


California Condor, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

We were surprised to find this guy sailing overhead as we were standing on the south rim near the El Tovar Hotel. Initially we thought this was a Turkey Vulture, but the plumage just didn't match up. Luckily, I snapped off several pictures, including this one, which showed what we had seen. I understand that the Condors are interested in people, so, while they've got the whole Grand Canyon to hang out in, the populated areas are where they tend to hang out. We couldn't tick it, but it was still neat to see.

Grand Canyon National Park
November 2007
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_condor

www.nps.gov/grca

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At Trailview Overlook


At Trailview Overlook, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

I had to take this lone tree shot
Grand Canyon National Park
November 2007
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Grand Canyon Railway 6776


Grand Canyon Railway 6776, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

The first morning train sits at the station at the Grand Canyon. My vantage point is the platform on the rear car as the train backs into the station from the Y. This is an Alco FPA-4
From our trip on the Grand Canyon Railway to and from the Grand Canyon - from Williams, Arizona
November 2007
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www.thetrain.com/

Wikipedia link
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_Railway

Here's a link to part 8 of the journal of our vacation
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Railroad to the Grand Canyon


Railroad to the Grand Canyon, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

From our trip on the Grand Canyon Railway to and from the Grand Canyon - from Williams, Arizona
November 2007
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www.thetrain.com/

Wikipedia link
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_Railway

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The Smart One


The Smart One, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

In the same way that Moe was the smart one.
Gunfight before the train departs for the Grand Canyon
Along Route 66
www.thetrain.com/
Williams, Arizona
November 2007
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Wikipedia link
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_Railway

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Gunfight in Williams


Gunfight in Williams, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

This guy gets killed, several times.
Gunfight before the train departs for the Grand Canyon
Along Route 66
www.thetrain.com/
Williams, Arizona
November 2007
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Wikipedia link
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_Railway

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

BNSF 5841 Westbound at the Amtrak Station 2

Along US 66
Flagstaff, Arizona
November 2007
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BNSF 5841 Westbound at the Amtrak Station 1

Along US 66
Flagstaff, Arizona
November 2007
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Grand Canyon Railway 6776


Grand Canyon Railway 6776, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Alco FPA-4
When we were getting our tickets for our ride to the Grand Canyon the next day, this train pulled into the station. There was a little light left, so I left Kate in the dust and hustled down to the end of the platform to see if I could take some pictures. This one came out OK.
Along US 66
Williams, Arizona
November 2007
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BNSF Westbound through Flagstaff

While we were chatting with some local railfans at the Amtrak station, they suggested we drive up the hill towards the Lowell Observatory (yes, that Lowell Observatory) because of a turnout that gives a nice view of downtown Flagstaff.

We did.

Looks better bigger.

Along US 66
Flagstaff, Arizona
November 2007
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

West Wall of Raingod Mesa


West Wall of Raingod Mesa, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Monument Valley Tribal Park
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_Valley www.navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm
Arizona
November 2007
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Goats on West Side of Raingod Mesa

There was a ranch on the south side of this mesa to whom this herd appeared to belong. We couldn't see the goatherd - the goats appeared to be herded only by a dog.
Monument Valley Tribal Park
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_Valley www.navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm
Arizona
November 2007

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Lone Tree


Lone Tree, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Monument Valley Tribal Park
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_Valley www.navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm
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Arizona
November 2007

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Along US 163 on the Road to Monument Valley

North of Kayenta, Arizona
If anyone familiar with the area knows the name of this particuar formation, please advise.
November 2007
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One good earthquake and that motel is toast

Goulding's Lodge
The guy who started this lodge promoted Monument Valley to John Ford for Stagecoach. And the rest is history. The lodge was the base of operations for the various movie productions.
When we got to Monument Valley, it was noon and I didn't want to take any pictures during the worst light of the day. Our plan was to have lunch at the park's visitor center, shop, then take pictures. But when we pulled up to the entry gate, they had a sign up saying the restaurant and gift shop were closed. Dang! I'm NEVER gonna get my Navajo Fry Bread! Anyway, we saw the sign for this lodge across the road from the park, so we went there for lunch. I'm glad we did. They had a nice gift shop, restaurant and it was in an extraordinary setting.
Rock Door Mesa
www.gouldings.com/english/index.htm
Monument Valley, Utah
November 2007
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Church Rock


Church Rock, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Approximately 300 feet high, just east of Kayenta, Arizona.
November 2007
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Sunday, December 2, 2007

What state of mind is Jim in?


What state of mind is Jim in?, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Well, Utah, Arizona, Colorado or New Mexico
November 21, 2007
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Corners_Monument

Here's more information about part 2 of our trip
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Mesa and House


Mesa and House, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

On US 550 on the way to Farmington near Cuba, NM
November 2007
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Mesa


Mesa, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

On US 550 on the way to Farmington, NM near San Ysidro
November 2007
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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Along the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway

NM 536
www.rosyfinch.com/ www.byways.org/explore/byways/2086/
Sandia Crest, New Mexico
November 2007
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Black Rosy-Finch


Black Rosy-Finch, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Crest House at Sandia Crest
www.rosyfinch.com/
Sandia Crest, New Mexico
November 2007
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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Train Station


Train Station, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Steward, Illinois
April 2007
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Big Spring Park


Big Spring Park, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

I was in Huntsville, AL for a seminar and visited with ghb624. We found ourselves in Big Spring Park with this night shot across the pond. I think Jerry's shot came out better, but for resting the camera on a bench (no tripod), this one came out OK. Here's Jerry's shot www.flickr.com/photos/ghb624/2010709336/
Huntsville, Alabama
November 2007
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House Phones


House Phones, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

El Tropicano Hotel - Holiday Inn
San Antonio, Texas
November 2007
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Little Pumpkin


Little Pumpkin, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Batavia, Illinois
November 2007
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It's better bigger

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Monday, November 12, 2007

McAllen International Airport (MFE)

McAllen, Texas
November 2007
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Fall Comes to the Frazier Homestead

Batavia, Illinois
November 2007
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tank Cars


Tank Cars, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

April 2007
Dekalb, Illinois
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Gourds and Wooden Basket


Gourds and Wooden Basket, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

We were at the French Market in Geneva a couple of weeks ago and they had these bags of gourds for $5. I just had the urge. But then Kate saw this hand carved wooden basket. She won.
Batavia, Illinois
November 2007
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Common Witch-Hazel


Common Witch-Hazel, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Hammamelis virginiana
Thornhill Building Parking, Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
October 2007
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Ex-River Birch


Ex-River Birch, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

This tree was in our front yard and was during pretty poorly, so Kate decided an extraction was necessary. The guys piled some of the wood in a spot where the afternoon sun hit it just right.
Batavia, Illinois
October 2007
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Ground Cotoneaster


Ground Cotoneaster, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Cotoneaster horizontalis var. perpusilla
Kate had another assignment to find some plants at the Arb. While she was stomping around, I looked for something to take a picture of. This plant doesn't look highly photographable, but with a macro lens, just about anything looks interesting.
Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
October 2007
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Copper Top


Copper Top, originally uploaded by jimfrazier.

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
On the National Register of Historic Places
The view from my seminar on the 28th floor of the Embassy Suites
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
October 2007
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