Monday morning, my brother, David Crook, friend Martha Retallick, and I, went to the Phoenix Zoo. We had a wonderful time. Retallick recently published a book, Bike-tography. "When I was in my early twenties," she says, "I set the goal of bicycling through all 50 of the United States. I accomplished this over a twelve-year period, traveling more than 15,000 miles in the United States, plus a bit of Mexico and Canada." These days she lives in Tucson, where bicycling is a huge culture, and she covers many events, bicycle and other, by using her bike as transportation. I'd hoped to show her the Komodo Dragons, but they weren't visible, so we went off to see what else we could find. We discovered lots of little creatures in the first part of our trip, since only one elephant was visible and it stayed near the shelter. We finally got to the area where the giraffes lived, which is always fun. Martha hiked around that area while David and I grabbed a hamburger. We stopped to enjoy the brilliant, beautiful koi, then headed back for Peoria.
Martha Retallick, who is known for her work with postcard marketing and web development for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs in colleges and universities, just published a dandy new eBook: Freelancer's Guide to Finding Clients. This is the first in a series of "how to" books that blend numerous marketing techniques that the author has applied. If your client level is not as high as you need it to be, you may want to consider this book. It doesn't have a single focus, although much of it is about cold calling. It is full of tips for small businesspeople and anyone who wants to be self employed. Retallick is also known for bicycling through all 50 states (she often stayed awhile and worked at many jobs, learning, earning, and photographing). Her ultimate goal was to find an ideal place to live, and during her travels, she found Tucson, Arizona to be ideal. And it is now her home.
My brother, David Crook, joined me and Martha Retallick of Tucson as we spent several hours at the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. We had Sunday Brunch there, and it was fabulous. I love it when great food and a casual atmosphere blend. It means I can eat my bacon with my fingers. Here are just a few of my shots, mostly redigitized, which I love to do.
Martha Retallick & I visited Desert Botanical Garden today. This time I focused more on using my telephoto lens. Here are several pictures, including two of Chihuly glass, and one of a ground squirrel.