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Spring Break, Nature's artwork and me

As most of you know for spring break, my dear hubby and I traveled to Arizona and Nevada to help my MIL celebrate her 93rd birthday! Had a wonderful time and did some things I never would have done but for wanting to do something for my MIL to make her BD one to remember. Can't believe I rode a zip line 1 1/4 miles (the entire length of Fremont Street in Las Vegas) held some 100 feet up by a harness and holding onto a rope! The people looked so tiny down below and I'm afraid of heights! But it was worth it and I proved to myself that there is nothing I can't do if I put my mind to it. ~2~


Thougth you might enjoy seeing a picture or two that I took at 35,000 feet from the airplane window. They may be a little gray but that was due to frosting on the window from the cold air outside. At one point the temperature outside the plane was a balmy -74 degrees F. Brrrrrrr.


I have no idea what this is except there were several miles of them of various shapes, colors and patterns.


I just found these interesting.

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Comment by Terri D. on April 5, 2011 at 5:02am

Velma, thank you for providing information on what makes the circular pattern in the fields. I never thought of the irrigation systems as being responsible. I just thought it was a strange way the farmers in that area were plowing the fields.

I thank everyone for the very nice comments on the pictures. The ones I took of the rockies and their snow capped peaks and some of the cloud formations I am also toying with as art quilts. All these things will have to wait until the end of the spring semester as I have lots of term papers to write and exams looming on the immediate horizon.

The zip line is just one straight line that you zoom along and there is a person at the other end to catch you and keep you from hitting the wall at the end. I had a very short little guy that almost got knocked on his backside when he caught me. He looked over at the other guys and wanted to know why he kept getting all the "big" people and they caught the "little" ones! The other catchers just laughed. I think they were trying to get him to quit, but he has a lot of spunk and I don't see him giving up. Just hope he doesn't get hurt catching someone twice his size.

Comment by Irene Gallway on April 5, 2011 at 4:38am
That zip line sounds like a hoot, if it's anything like a roller coaster you could hear me screaming 4 States away. lol The photos are amazing. I agree the design would make a beautiful quilt.
Comment by Vanda on April 5, 2011 at 2:47am
I see these all the time and have always wanted to do an art quilt from my memory, but, what can i say, just never got around to doing one. these kind of remind me of crop circles! i often wonder if the birds see the same things that we do when we fly?
Comment by valma honeyfield on April 4, 2011 at 8:17pm

The round circles are formed by pivot irrigation. Makes a beautiful pattern from the air. I think it would be a good idea for a quilt pattern done in different greens.

Envy you for your zip ride. I would probably have my eyes shut part of the time.


Comment by B J Elder/WA on April 4, 2011 at 6:31pm
fields make wonderful patterns, don't they? I'd love to do a zip line some day - what fun!

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