Category Archives: Arts-a-Poppin’

Special focus on the Visual Arts (or when I am being extra artsy with the camera)

GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM

  The Great American Southwest Adventure Continues!   Driving South from Brice Canyon, we made our way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Northern Arizona just south of the Utah border.     Most people who visit … Continue reading

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Panaroma View of Grand-Staircase Escalante

  I haven’t completed posting my tour of the Great Parks of the American Southwest.  Just took a little pause.  Coming up next, the Grand Canyon! But first, to re-whet the appetite, a quick panorama faraway view of the Grand … Continue reading

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BRYCE CANYON – PEEKABOO & QUEEN’S GARDEN TRAILS

  Hiking the Peekaboo Loop Trail and then the Queen’s Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon     After hiking and driving along the Bryce Canyon rim and taking the Navajo Loop Trail, we returned the next day to hike from … Continue reading

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BRYCE CANYON – NAVAJO LOOP TRAIL

  Entering the Canyon Walls of Bryce Canyon   After enjoying the awesome views of Bryce Canyon from all along the rim, it was time to go inside.  Here the view from the top at the Navajo Loop Trail.   … Continue reading

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BRYCE CANYON AMPHITHEATER

  A Place of Fantastical Beauty In the series of marvels that we saw in the our tour of the Great American Southwest, Bryce Canyon may easily be the most marvelous.  (Although how to compare Wonders of Nature each so … Continue reading

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ZION!

  Announcing my new biblical musical extravaganza!?!   um, no – just an extravagant photo tour through Zion National Park in Southern Utah.     Right at the entrance into the park, one is greeted by this majestic vista. Let’s … Continue reading

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HOOVER DAM, MEMORIAL BRIDGE and a CACTUS GARDEN

Featuring Another Theme-tastic Music Quiz   Approaching the Hoover Dam on a day trip from Las Vegas, you first get these views of Lake Mead, the body of water the Hoover Dam created.     This is the first view … Continue reading

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The Staten Island September 11th Memorial

  This year at this date, I would like to share photos I took earlier this summer at the Staten Island September 11th Memorial, just across the water from Manhattan’s financial district, and the new World Trade Center. The memorial … Continue reading

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LAS VEGAS STRIP TEASE

  Ah, Las Vegas… They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And that may be true, or it may just be a somewhat devilish advertising slogan. But these photos of Vegas, or more specifically, the famed Vegas Strip … Continue reading

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Sunset in the Trailer Park

Just a little amuse bouche of photo and music quiz in between larger courses of Two-fisted Touristing   Ed and I stayed a few days in an airbnb 20 miles south of the Grand Canyon (major photo blog post to … Continue reading

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DEATH VALLEY

  A Day in Death Valley Intense Heat and Awe-Inspiring Desert Beauty   Our first stop in Death Valley, after driving two hours west from Las Vegas, was Zabriskie Point.  A million years of volcanic emissions, lake-bed sediments, seismic activity, … Continue reading

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VALLEY OF FIRE

  East of Las Vegas. West of Lake Mead. North of the Hoover Dam. A Day in Valley of Fire State Park.     We start our tour of the Valley of Fire in and amongst the Beehives, wonderfully fabulous … Continue reading

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RED ROCK CANYON

  A Scenic Drive West of Las Vegas Ed and I flew into Las Vegas last weekend.  It’ll be our base for a week (more on that later) as we plan a tour of the Great American West, or as … Continue reading

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SKY MUSIC PUZZLE

  Some views out the window on our flight home from Wisconsin will accompany this music quiz (as ever the answers are tucked within the tags below).     Sky Music Query #1: Who sings this song called “Big Sky”? … Continue reading

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Oh How I Love Our Japanese Red Maple In The Sunshine

  Includes the “Red” music quiz All answers, as ever here at Notes from a Composer, are tucked inside the tags below.       Red Music Query #1: We all remember Prince’s  “Purple Rain”.  Which pop/rock legend sings “Red … Continue reading

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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor

  The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus   Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land;   Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand   A mighty woman with a torch, … Continue reading

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