I’ve been on this earth for a while, but I’m still finding my voice, listening to myself. This blog gives me a chance to present my authentic self. Honesty is important, and honesty with myself the most important to me. Photography allows me to share my world, so each blog will have photos. I’ll never talk about f-stops or any technical information, just content. Some of the images are quite good I think, others are just snapshots, but all have strong content for me.
I moved to small desert town to be able to semi-retire. It’s less expensive to live here and much quieter, slower-paced life than my native California. I can hear myself here easier than in the noise and speed of the golden state. I can remember the important things easier and live a truer life. I could handle the city in my youth, but I no longer have the ability or desire to juggle all that input.
In travel or everyday life, I like the back roads – slower, quieter, more subtle. And on a trip I want a new route. New roads – new perspectives. It’s a good life.

If you want to know a little more about me, click here.

And on the 2nd anniversary of this blog, I’m adding a new blog This I Leave just for genealogy – including Grandpa’s diaries which have been on this blog.



51 Responses to About

  1. Hi Donna! Thanks for stopping by my blog. It sounds like you have some pretty incredible stories in your life – enjoyed reading them. May 25 sounds like it’s a pretty powerful day for you – wow, I can only imagine what it felt like to find your son.

    Hope all is well. Take care 🙂

    • Thank you. I enjoyed your blog and have now learned from you how important it is to leave comments. I think I’ll check it out a second time. I signed up for SITS 31DBBB challenge and I believe that’s how I found you. Thanks again for your help.

  2. Allison says:

    Thank you for your kind words on my site! I am enjoying getting to know you a bit through your words and photos (such great photos!) here. I look forward to more.

  3. Just stopping by from SITS. Love your pictures. Very pretty scenery.

  4. firasz says:

    The about page sends out relaxation-waves to the readers, with the joy of settlement and silence 🙂 Great blog!

  5. Hi! I nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award. Go to the link below for more details!


    thank you for following my blog!

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  7. Mom says:

    Donna, there’s a Liebster Award for both of your blogs waiting on mine for you…congrats! Hope they bring you lots of readership

  8. Harold Green says:

    Donna. thank you for discovering my blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. It gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy.

  9. burnettfreelanceimagery says:

    Beautiful images and a wonderful about page – I look forward to checking out more as time goes by – thanks also for stopping by and liking “April Fools” – your support is appreciated 🙂

  10. Melanee says:

    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I enjoyed looking at some of your photos. I look forward to more photos and stories.

  11. amoyer2013 says:

    You are a great photographer! Thank you for liking my coral snake photo. That simple “LIKE” led me to your great blog.

  12. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  13. earthstills says:

    Love your words and images!

  14. Roberta says:

    I’ll go for a back road any time of day.. (:

  15. thexenophilediaries says:

    Thanks for stopping by. I hope you liked what you saw. And I am glad you are enjoying the slower pace of life. I wish your “semi-retirement” all the best.


  16. supremeicon says:

    Hello 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and liking my “Petrichor Road” image. Much appreciated!

  17. Thank you, Donna, for visiting my blog and commenting. I look forward to a post on your napkin rings! I agree that it is so lovely to have found a ‘voice’ at this stage of the game!

  18. enmanscamera says:

    I stopped by and got caught for a time looking. Gosh, there is someone else that photographs building angles, backstreets and odd stuff that for some reason is interesting. I know I will be back again – cuz I ain’t done with my journey thru your posts yet.

  19. Nightpoet says:

    Thanks for having a look at my blog. Am enjoying your work…

  20. BigSkyKen says:

    Hi Donna, I love your photography. You’ve got a knack for capturing the simple and ordinary, and making it unique – which is truly a gift!

  21. Jandy says:

    Hi Donna, thanks for taking the time to comment on my new blog, I wasnt sure if anyone else would ever see it! I’m supposed to be working this morning but I got lost in your backroads instead – and loved every step!

  22. Hi Donna,
    Thanks for liking my photo “Girl with a Pearl Earring” on writewireless.wordpress.com. I love your blog–your photography and sense of things. Thanks for sharing with the world!

  23. Sally's Special Services says:

    Thanks for visiting my Wilson Genealogy website. I like your about me page, and I will be checking out your blog too. I love history and genealogy. I love old things, and old people, good things like love, honesty, peace, and serenity.
    I am semi-retired at sixty, and I love it too. I have over twenty blogs. I write about my sobriety and serenity, history, blogging, webpages, and politics (it is ok if you are not). There is a lot more to me than just politics. I believe in the Balance of life. God bless you, Sally

    • Hi Sally. Thanks for stopping by. Over twenty blogs – Wow! I can barely manage two (one photography and one genealogy). I will look closer at your writings. I am impressed.

      • Sally's Special Services says:

        Thanks, Donna. I just started out writing about my family, then I continued to add a blog for each part of my family. Now, I try to write more about me. I never believed that anyone would want to read about me. So, I do it for me. It helps me to heal and grow. Thanks for the kudos. I planned to write a book for years, but just procrastinated for years. I always wanted to be an author like Louisa Mae Alcott. I lived through my books as a child. My mother taught me the love of books, and my maternal grandmother loved Ralph Waldo Emerson. God bless you and thanks for the comment.

  24. Donna…..thanks for the like on my blog today. We have always loved TorC and spent some lovely days there at the Blackstone. For family reason we have had to move from the Southwest to North Central TX. We are slowing bending to the change.
    I really liked your water tower series. Keep exposing your heart, it seems to be an iceberg yet to be seen………..monos en theos….jim

  25. Philip O'Brien says:

    I love your photos. I would love to spend so.e time wandering the desert with my camera so I am a little jealous of your opportunities. That said, I have no doubt it can be hard some days too.

    • Funny, I was feeling a bit envious of your shots shrouded in fog. The light here is interesting but can be quite harsh – you know that from Death Valley. Take a few more foggy shots and I’ll think of them when the desert gets too hot!

      • Philip O'Brien says:

        that, I should be able to do for you. The weather here is reasonably predictable for the next 2 months so I am sure more fog photos will follow 🙂

  26. Hey Donna, the back roads are always the best, and we’ve plenty of them in Australia 😉

  27. seagirll says:

    Hi Donna,
    Thank-you for visiting my blog and for the follow.:) Keep in touch.

  28. Hello Donna. I like your plan for semi-retirement. I will be there in a few years and have a goal much the same! By the way, I really enjoyed walking through your pictures. Nicely done! Looking forward to seeing more!

  29. azleader says:

    I like your pictures. You and I have traveled to and photographed some of the same places in the Great Southwest. I always feel a kind of photographer kinship under conditions like that.

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