Category Archives: photography

In Search of Autumn Leaves

This article first appeared on ARHtistic License last December. When you live just outside of Phoenix, Arizona, you don’t see a lot of fall leaves. So last Friday my daughter Katie and I traveled an hour to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, … Continue reading

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St. Anthony’s Monastery, Part III: The Gardens

St. Anthony’s Monastery is located in the desert outside Florence, Arizona. The monastery’s water comes from three wells, each a quarter-mile deep, which turn the grounds into an oasis. I’ve never seen bougainvillea this color. Adding to the beauty of … Continue reading

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St. Anthony’s Monastery, Part II: the Iconography

One of the highlights of my trip to St. Anthony’s Monastery last fall was the many icons displayed in the church and the chapels. They were brought over from Greece. Some of them look to me like hand-painted originals, others … Continue reading

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St. Anthony’s Monastery, Part I: the Architecture

In the summer of 1995, six monks traveled from Mount Athos in Greece to the Arizona desert to build a monastery. They acquired 165 acres outside Florence, Arizona, and began construction. Today, St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery houses 65 monks. The monastery … Continue reading

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Hiking in the Arboretum

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Two Fridays ago my daughter Katie invited me to go hiking with her at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. It had been three months since the last time I’d hiked, so I was interested in an easy…

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10 Best Blogs for Beauty and Inspiration

I am so thankful for the readers of Doing Life Together. When we first started this blog in August of 2014, our goal was to share our lives with you, and possibly help you through difficult times with the benefit … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Towers

I enjoy following Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge, and this week’s theme, towers, reminded me of my old high school, Rumon-Fair Haven Regional. The central clock tower of the building served as a symbol of our school. Its image graced … Continue reading

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Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery

In response to The Daily Post Photography Challenge prompt, Life Imitates Art, I submit a photo I took during a high school reunion weekend: This is a portion of a large mural on the wall of the cafeteria of my alma mater. … Continue reading

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Is That Really What I Look Like?

The smile wasn’t quite right…kind of forced. The eyes lacked sparkle. And look at those crow’s feet. And those droopy lids. I knew I had a great photographer. Her pictures flattered her subjects, exposing their unique beauty. She’s that good. … Continue reading

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