Newly transplanted from southern New Jersey to Phoenix, AZ, the stark light of “the valley of the sun” incites me to take pictures (though infrequently), using a background in design and experience teaching the subject. Photography becomes a tool for experiencing the new surroundings and working out of picture designs; photography is also seen as an extension of painting. Work is done on ways to see past the web of prosaic reality, noticing some moments of visual poetry. Encouragement from artist/filmmaker Jon Jost helps spur on more picture-taking. Continued forays into the languages of photography ensue.