Hello, UTAH!

Moab, Utah sounds like an unlikely place for Outer Banks Joe to visit, but that’s exactly where he was last week.  Not surprisingly, he headed for the hills and took some spectacular photos.

It’ll take more than one post to show them all, but unless you’re sitting in a coffee shop in Utah, bored with all the scenery there, you won’t want to miss these.

Mesa Arch.

Mesa Arch

Wilson Arch (reminds me of half a donut. Maybe it's the chocolate glaze.)

Wilson Arch – Looks like half a donut to me; maybe it’s the chocolate glaze.


La Sal Mountain Range contains 3 clusters of white peaks.  

Highest point is 12,721 feet — 3,877 ft. above sea level.  That’s a long way up from the Atlantic Ocean!

Mesa Arch

                                                           Dead Horse State Park

Arches State Park

                                                                  Arches State Park

“Utah’s mountains are not the Himalayas, but by one standard they are the highest in the country. According to a series of stories in the The Salt Lake Tribune, the average elevation of Utah’s tallest peaks in each county is roughly 11,222 feet. Colorado ranks second, with an average county high peak elevation of 10,791 feet, followed by Nevada (10,764) and Wyoming (10,179). Alaska, home to the country’s highest peak – the 20,320-foot Denali – ranks only sixth, with an average county high peak elevation of 9,280 feet.” 

― Michael Weibel, High In Utah     

I live on a ranch in Utah for now, but I’m gonna move. I’ve got another ranch to move to, but its location is a secret. When I get there, I’m gonna plow the road in behind me.
Wilford Brimley





Wait For It. . . !


A solitary walker near the Nags Head pier on The Outer Banks.  Note the faint orange glow reflecting under the pier.NHP20

The sun is in no hurry this morning.


AHA!  The walker moved on, but BroJoe waited it out.  Hello, sunshine!


Just like one shouldn’t look directly at the sun, that same advice might hold true for reading about the geometries of sunrises and sunsets on sites like that of the Naval Observatory.   It may shatter your belief in the solstices.   Somewhere on the internet is an algorithm formula to let you figure it all out yourself.  Get back to us on that, will you?

BroJoe probably knows it already.  🙂



What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. – Blackfoot

There are four seasons in a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Colour!
– Mehmet Murat ildan

I love winter. The bugs are dead, and the people are indoors.
– Dennis Ruane




Have Some Fun With Us!

BroJoe plays with paint drips occasionally to see what he can make.  Sometimes he  sends photos of his renderings to me.   Now and then he shares what he thinks they are,  but I rarely see it that way.

This time, we’ll leave it to you to give them titles or descriptions according to what YOU see.  Put them in our Comments section.   I’ll put my own sisterly thoughts at the very bottom.

Here we go with #1:

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So. . . exactly how did three pieces of “serious art” speak to you?   Why yes, “No way!” is an acceptable answer, should you be wondering, but we hope you give it a shot.

These are not exactly artsy fartsy works that we’re sharing here.   Not to worry–he’s keeping his day job.


Here’s how I see them:

  1. The Penguin Redux.  The Penguin (of Batman fame) having a psychedelic flashback, with Batman in the center of his brain.  In fact, there’s Cat Woman toward the back of the head.  On the other hand, it might be George Washington with a migraine.
  2. Trumped!   An elf who bears a faint facial resemblance to a Boston terrier, agonizes because Donald Trump (note the brown hairpiece) is trying to take over his brain.
  3. Surfer in a Slick.   That’s not the name BroJoe chose, for he  titled this one himself.  According to him, that’s Banzai Pipeline/ Heavies/North Shore Oahu.  I would add only that it has to be “after one horrendous oil spill.


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea. – John Anthony Ciardi

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.  – Edgar Degas