(#0) My daughter Erica took this photograph on her recent trip to NY City.  Taken with her iPhone X.

(#0) My daughter Erica took this photograph on her recent trip to NY City.  Taken with her iPhone X.

 (#0) I hope I never lose my sense of awe when we drive around a corner and see this.  Taken with Tom's Nikon D810 and AF-S Nikkor Zoom 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED lens at 300mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/2500.

(#0) I hope I never lose my sense of awe when we drive around a corner and see this.  Taken with Tom's Nikon D810 and AF-S Nikkor Zoom 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED lens at 300mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/2500.

 (#34) Phyllis reports that the love birds use her fountain for bathing.  I can see why.  I just love the way the bird's colors are reflected in the water!!  Taken with a Nikon Coolpix P900 at 125mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000.

(#34) Phyllis reports that the love birds use her fountain for bathing.  I can see why.  I just love the way the bird's colors are reflected in the water!!  Taken with a Nikon Coolpix P900 at 125mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000.

 (33) Passion flower up close and personal.  The flower are a butterfly favorite!  Captured with Canon Powershot SX60 HS at 13mm, ISO 800, f/5, 1/50.

(33) Passion flower up close and personal.  The flower are a butterfly favorite!  Captured with Canon Powershot SX60 HS at 13mm, ISO 800, f/5, 1/50.

 (#32) An even more intimate look!  Canon Powershot SX60 HS at 13mm, ISO 800, f/5, 1/80.

(#32) An even more intimate look!  Canon Powershot SX60 HS at 13mm, ISO 800, f/5, 1/80.

The challenge this month is 'any photograph taken this month'.  My motive is not subtle!  First, I want you to share what you are photographing with me and others.  Second, I hope this motivates those of you who are reporting that you have not touched your camera in months to get that beauty out and dust it off!  Hard to imagine.  There is no limit on submissions.  Choose your best as you go and know that we are going "WOW".

 (#31) Barbara was on a walk and spotted this beauty.  She captured the image with her Samsung phone.  Good job Barbara!

(#31) Barbara was on a walk and spotted this beauty.  She captured the image with her Samsung phone.  Good job Barbara!

 (#30) This is one of those photographs where you look . . . and then look again.  Then you smile.  Cory wrote: "Look what I saw on a lavender blossom! It was about the size of a pin head! Lucky to get all my extension tubes on and get a quick portrait before it vanished!"  We are lucky too.  Taken with her Nikon DH750 and AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED at 58mm, ISO 100, f/2.8 

(#30) This is one of those photographs where you look . . . and then look again.  Then you smile.  Cory wrote: "Look what I saw on a lavender blossom! It was about the size of a pin head! Lucky to get all my extension tubes on and get a quick portrait before it vanished!"  We are lucky too.  Taken with her Nikon DH750 and AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8G ED at 58mm, ISO 100, f/2.8 

 (#0) A sunset at Mono Lake!  Taken with a Nikon D810 and a Sigma 15mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 500, f/22, 1/6 sec.

(#0) A sunset at Mono Lake!  Taken with a Nikon D810 and a Sigma 15mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 500, f/22, 1/6 sec.

 (#29) Steve was returning from Tucson to Huachuca City and he spotted these cholla blossoms.  Photograph taken with a Canon EOS 5DS and a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DGHSM lens at !SO 800, f/10, 1/800.

(#29) Steve was returning from Tucson to Huachuca City and he spotted these cholla blossoms.  Photograph taken with a Canon EOS 5DS and a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DGHSM lens at !SO 800, f/10, 1/800.

 (#0) Tioga Pass was partially open for several days and we drove up to see how far we could get before turning around.  Then it snowed up in the mountains and once again the road is completely closed.   Taken with a Nikon D850 and Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 24mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/750.

(#0) Tioga Pass was partially open for several days and we drove up to see how far we could get before turning around.  Then it snowed up in the mountains and once again the road is completely closed.   Taken with a Nikon D850 and Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 24mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/750.

 (#28) Kati sent a lovely rose for all of us mothers!  Thanks Kati.

(#28) Kati sent a lovely rose for all of us mothers!  Thanks Kati.

 (#27) Cory wrote a nice long description of the importance of this photograph.  "After 92 years as the center of educational and social life in Redmond, the Evergreen school has entered a new life. Built in 1922 as Redmond Union High School, this building has also served as a junior high and an elementary school. But, like everything, time has taken its toll on the 96 year old structure. For four years, it sat vacant as city council debated its future. The decision: renovate! Today, this historic beauty houses Redmond City Hall. The sense of pride still lingers, history lives on!  Locals can go inside for a stroll down memory lane. They can see themselves in pictures that hang on the walls. Nice job Redmond!"  So nice to have a 'story'.  Taken with a Nikon D750 and an AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 at 27mm, f/9, 1/320.

(#27) Cory wrote a nice long description of the importance of this photograph.  "After 92 years as the center of educational and social life in Redmond, the Evergreen school has entered a new life. Built in 1922 as Redmond Union High School, this building has also served as a junior high and an elementary school. But, like everything, time has taken its toll on the 96 year old structure. For four years, it sat vacant as city council debated its future. The decision: renovate! Today, this historic beauty houses Redmond City Hall. The sense of pride still lingers, history lives on!  Locals can go inside for a stroll down memory lane. They can see themselves in pictures that hang on the walls. Nice job Redmond!"  So nice to have a 'story'.  Taken with a Nikon D750 and an AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 at 27mm, f/9, 1/320.

 (#0) We caught the 'wee hours of the morning' and photographed these wild iris.  Around here the locals will tell us to check them out, they don't last long.  We have seen them in several cattle pastures where the field gets water.  The iris makes cows sick if they eat them!  The heat and wind has just about done these lovelies in.  Taken with a Nikon D810 and an AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8 prime lens with ISO 400, f/8, 1/60.  The image is focus stacked.

(#0) We caught the 'wee hours of the morning' and photographed these wild iris.  Around here the locals will tell us to check them out, they don't last long.  We have seen them in several cattle pastures where the field gets water.  The iris makes cows sick if they eat them!  The heat and wind has just about done these lovelies in.  Taken with a Nikon D810 and an AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8 prime lens with ISO 400, f/8, 1/60.  The image is focus stacked.

 (#26) This is the new otter exhibit at Bearizona in Williams, AZ.  It will open on June 1st.  We love Greg's inside scoop!  Taken with a Nikon D750 and a Tamron 24-70mm f/228 lens at 24mm, ISO 1000, f/6.3 1/160.

(#26) This is the new otter exhibit at Bearizona in Williams, AZ.  It will open on June 1st.  We love Greg's inside scoop!  Taken with a Nikon D750 and a Tamron 24-70mm f/228 lens at 24mm, ISO 1000, f/6.3 1/160.

 (#25) These baby otters will soon occupy that new otter exhibit.  Taken with a Nikon D750 and a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 46mm, ISO 1000, f/5, 1/125.

(#25) These baby otters will soon occupy that new otter exhibit.  Taken with a Nikon D750 and a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 46mm, ISO 1000, f/5, 1/125.

 (#24) This is a wood carving in progress at the Gift Shop at Bearizona.  I imagine it to be pretty big!  Taken with a Nikon D750 and a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 24mm, ISO 1000, f/5, 1/100.

(#24) This is a wood carving in progress at the Gift Shop at Bearizona.  I imagine it to be pretty big!  Taken with a Nikon D750 and a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 24mm, ISO 1000, f/5, 1/100.

 (#0) Sunset at Mono Lake last night.  The pink sky turned to orange and then the tufas turned to a rich brown.  Taken with a Nikon D850 and a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 42mm, ISO 45, f/11, 0.7 seconds.  You might guess from my settings that I was trying to smooth out some choppy water!

(#0) Sunset at Mono Lake last night.  The pink sky turned to orange and then the tufas turned to a rich brown.  Taken with a Nikon D850 and a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 42mm, ISO 45, f/11, 0.7 seconds.  You might guess from my settings that I was trying to smooth out some choppy water!

 (#23) My sister has a new iPad and used her new photographers' skills to send me a rose from her yard.  Thanks Sister!!

(#23) My sister has a new iPad and used her new photographers' skills to send me a rose from her yard.  Thanks Sister!!

 (#22) Diane Kaiser took this photograph with her Sony 6000 and E18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens at 18mm, ISO 3200, f/3.5, 1/50.

(#22) Diane Kaiser took this photograph with her Sony 6000 and E18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens at 18mm, ISO 3200, f/3.5, 1/50.

 (#21) I believe I mentioned roses to my brother.  He went out and got me a couple.  Such a great brother!!!  He apologized for the ragged petals.  I appreciate spent flowers and this one is just getting started.  But, look at the pollen sacks on that bee!!!!  Taken with a Canon EOS 5DS and a Tamron SF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens at 90mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/400.

(#21) I believe I mentioned roses to my brother.  He went out and got me a couple.  Such a great brother!!!  He apologized for the ragged petals.  I appreciate spent flowers and this one is just getting started.  But, look at the pollen sacks on that bee!!!!  Taken with a Canon EOS 5DS and a Tamron SF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens at 90mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/400.

 (#20) Nice bokeh. Taken with a Canon EOS 5DS and a Tamron SF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens at 90mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/400.

(#20) Nice bokeh. Taken with a Canon EOS 5DS and a Tamron SF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens at 90mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/400.

 (#0) Tom was in search of a pastoral scene.  What better than mules against a magnificent mountain background!  Taken with his Nikon D810 and Sigma 15mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 2000, f/13, 1/69. That tongue gives this mule away!  Yum, yum, a fisheye would be good for breakfast!

(#0) Tom was in search of a pastoral scene.  What better than mules against a magnificent mountain background!  Taken with his Nikon D810 and Sigma 15mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 2000, f/13, 1/69. That tongue gives this mule away!  Yum, yum, a fisheye would be good for breakfast!

 (#0) There you go.  A pastoral scene!  Taken with a Nikon D810 and an AF-S Zoom Nikkor 70-200mm f/4.5-5.6 lens at 70mm, ISO 100, f/13, 1/40.

(#0) There you go.  A pastoral scene!  Taken with a Nikon D810 and an AF-S Zoom Nikkor 70-200mm f/4.5-5.6 lens at 70mm, ISO 100, f/13, 1/40.

 (#0) Had some fun with this image.  As we were driving home to Bishop from June Lake I spotted these old houses out in a field.  We pulled over and tried to capture an 'artistic' scene.  Not so easy as the sky was blah, hard and white.  I played around in ON1, first changing the lighting, structure and adding some color.  Then I replaced the sky with one that was more interesting.  The one thing that still bothers me is the grass in the front is not sharply focused.  Dang it!!  But, you get the idea of what I was after.  Taken with a Nikon D850 and Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 70mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/750.

(#0) Had some fun with this image.  As we were driving home to Bishop from June Lake I spotted these old houses out in a field.  We pulled over and tried to capture an 'artistic' scene.  Not so easy as the sky was blah, hard and white.  I played around in ON1, first changing the lighting, structure and adding some color.  Then I replaced the sky with one that was more interesting.  The one thing that still bothers me is the grass in the front is not sharply focused.  Dang it!!  But, you get the idea of what I was after.  Taken with a Nikon D850 and Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 70mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/750.

 (#1-20) Cory wrote: "May 5th and 6th is the 12th Annual Crooked River Ranch Steele Stampede Vintage Motocross (say THAT 3x fast, LOL!) This image is my favorite of the ones I took at today's time trials. We are planning on attending again tomorrow for the races. I will select the best and share!"  Taken with her Nikon D750 and AF-S VVR Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens at 75mm, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/800.

(#1-20) Cory wrote: "May 5th and 6th is the 12th Annual Crooked River Ranch Steele Stampede Vintage Motocross (say THAT 3x fast, LOL!) This image is my favorite of the ones I took at today's time trials. We are planning on attending again tomorrow for the races. I will select the best and share!"  Taken with her Nikon D750 and AF-S VVR Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens at 75mm, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/800.

 (#0) As we drove back to Bishop from the top mountain areas, the snow had already started to melt.  A bush resplendent in pink caught my attention.  Just had to get out my 55mm f/2.8 manual focus micro lens.  Was rather windy and a tripod would not even begin to work.  Upped the ISO and took a lot of photographs under the spray and pray method.  This is the best one.  ISO 1100, f/7.1, 1/500.

(#0) As we drove back to Bishop from the top mountain areas, the snow had already started to melt.  A bush resplendent in pink caught my attention.  Just had to get out my 55mm f/2.8 manual focus micro lens.  Was rather windy and a tripod would not even begin to work.  Upped the ISO and took a lot of photographs under the spray and pray method.  This is the best one.  ISO 1100, f/7.1, 1/500.

 (#0) Tom took this photograph while we explored Buttermilk Canyon.  I would call this a tree with a view!  Taken with Tom's Nikon D810 and Sigma 15mm, f/2.8 lens at 15mm, ISO 200, f/18, 1/200.

(#0) Tom took this photograph while we explored Buttermilk Canyon.  I would call this a tree with a view!  Taken with Tom's Nikon D810 and Sigma 15mm, f/2.8 lens at 15mm, ISO 200, f/18, 1/200.

 (#0) I photographed this lovely spring wildflower display yesterday. In the background you see Basin Mountain. We were driving along Buttermilk Canyon Road, west of Bishop.  It was an easy iPhone photograph.

(#0) I photographed this lovely spring wildflower display yesterday. In the background you see Basin Mountain. We were driving along Buttermilk Canyon Road, west of Bishop.  It was an easy iPhone photograph.