Jewelry is one of my favorite things but I have quite a bit so I try not to buy much anymore. However, I couldn’t resist this necklace from Shutter Sisters. It represents a vintage flashbulb (which is made from botanical bilberry–sounds very herbal, doesn’t it?) and is a symbol of the sisterhood that is shared by women with a passion for photography. Part of the proceeds benefit Girl Power Africa. Shutter Sisters has a lot of fun, interesting projects and they attempt to make a positive difference in the world.
It was only 109 degrees today but we are heading back into a heat watch for the weekend (115 on Saturday). The monsoon season has arrived in Arizona, the time of year when we actually have some humidity, too, and that combined with the heat makes it pretty miserable. A dry heat is really a lot different than a humid heat. It’s pretty difficult to be outside for any length of time during July and August.
Dust storms roll in many evenings as well as a lot of lightning and, if we’re lucky, it rains but more often than not, it just threatens to rain. The wind gusts can be very violent, blowing trees down, often knocking power out (and then it gets really hot). Brush fires can break out and sometimes develop into wild fires, which often destroy a lot of forest land. Tonight was the first big storm of the season. In our area, it only gusted a little but there were more severe storms elsewhere in the valley and the night isn’t over yet…
It’s hard to motivate yourself to go out and take many photos this time of year. Breaking out the frosty margaritas and blog surfing is pretty much all you can do…it’s really my least favorite time of the year, weather-wise.
But I have some photo projects planned and may take a day roadtrip or 2 in the not-too-distant future. How are you keeping cool? Unlike me, is summer your favorite time to get out and take photos?