Last minute not-a-plan! It has been quite some time since I have spent the day walking between tents, looking at the creative output of my fellow human beings. And, what better place than Fountain Hills? This was not intended as a photo-trip but we always have our cameras with us. We just never know what we might see that mom might like to look at. So, mom you can just walk around and pretend to smell the popcorn while evading cute doggies in strollers and big dogs pulling their owners along!!
Fortunately, the traffic and vendors were pretty much kept to the street, leaving the grass and lake undisturbed. Many artists do not like photos taken of their work. We get that. That did not stop us from taking photos with permission, usually of such small detail that one could not replicate the art using our photo. Besides, we had our cameras and practiced lots of technique from depth of field under low light to bright shiny bling along the way. What I most enjoyed was seeing the work of 27 photography exhibits, looking for inspiration and, when possible, talking to the photographer about their work.
We oted for eating at The American Grill. A thirty minute wai,t but we get to have good food and avoid the crowd. Well, we didn't avoid the crowd! While we waited Barbara headed for the bar! We amused ourselves by pointing our cameras at each other and composing shots of the table's display. We laughed a lot!! A manager- type walked by and asked how it was going. I told him his mustard would be going viral by three. He gave me two thumbs up and said he would check on our food right away!
Before we left Karen and I walked down to the lake to take some 'more traditional' photos.
We had not planned on staying long but we did. Notice the Golden Hour light on our dancers. Great day with friends. You would have had fun with us.