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Everyone has opinions.

Mine are the correct ones.





Sometimes I feel like a nut.



Books by author Kathy Noltze:





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Kathy Noltze's

Portals to Europe


Folkestone and

 Bits of Britain



Bits of Belgium



Bournemouth photos

Cologne photos

Good King Wenceslas

Krakow photos

Montezuma Castle

Reclaimed info

Warsaw photos




Two +/- densely wooded acres in Wisconsin's Northwoods. Bounded by residences on acreage, zoned commercial on primary road. Paved. Rural character, walk to Conover amenities. Electricity to lot line. Pound or drill well, put in septic. Taxes: $175.77. (Yes, the whole year.)

Tax parcel #8-817

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Last of the Summer Wine country photos by

 Kathy Noltze.


Clifton Suspension Bridge

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See Portsmouth page.

Portchester Castle



Cliff walk at Dunbar

It's just steps to the beach.




Trapped in the amber of the moment

is a scorpion from prehistoric times.


Toilet missing...nothing to go on.

The builder in our family lays tile.


Prescribed burns on the Rim appear to be over for the time-being.

The forest service does a good job taking care of our state's forests.


Short days and cool nights assure us that winter is on the horizon.


A curious thing to happen upon in the middle of wilderness...


Tonto Natural Bridge




Fish wonder where all the toes go after Labor Day.

These trout await release to Arizona's streams and lakes.


Last rays of sun for the day fall on the Zane Grey Museum in Payson, Arizona.



Exploring Arizona

It was too early for colorful fall foliage this week-end

so I took a picture of a cow instead.



This is the Head Duck.

His committee meets me when I arrive at the park.


At home at Green Valley Lake




Lacking enthusiasm for either major presidential candidate,

he installs a flagpole because he believes in the republic.



There was a lot of controversy about Green Valley Lake when it was constructed as a

reservoir in the '90s. Now it is an attraction for the Payson area. There is a path around

the shore, an adjacent playground for children, fishing holes... Arizona Fish and Game

keeps the lake stocked with trout and other delicious fish. Ducks and geese don't just

winter here but splash around all year.


♪♫...People say we monkey around...♫♪

The funny guy in our family took me to the zoo, but they wouldn't take me.


Arizona Fish and Game controls the number of waterfowl nesting in our lakes

by controlling the reeds. If there are too many birds, the water is too foul for

the game fish to thrive. They stock our lakes regularly from our fish hatcheries.


I didn't go far for a change in seasons; it's everywhere.


Falling water in Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

It all starts with water.


Leader of fashion...


This is a view of the inside of the bridge snapped from above.


A Blue Heron flew into the reeds, stood absolutely still, and caught a trout

before flying off to his nest, probably to feed wife and kids.


Tonto Fish Hatchery


The sun threw its rays parallel to the earth at this moment in time in my bit of the world.


This Blue Heron has a nest at Green Valley Park lakes.

It's a good place to raise off-spring.


This is the first American Avocet I've seen. It likes

to wade close to shore at Payson's town lakes.


President Obama led us in commemorating the 100th anniversary of our National Parks System. The gorgeous backdrop was one of our parks. Which put me in mind of John Muir, its founder. He was born in Dunbar, Scotland. A couple years ago, I was in Dunbar visiting a museum dedicated to Muir's life's labor: to preserve nature for posterity and to make it accessible to all. I found myself whispering because a group of school children was fascinated with my American accent. They were proud of their native son and the contribution he had made to America, which includes Arizona's own Grand Canyon National Park.



Kathy Noltze en route to Weston-super-Mare via Hayes & Harlington


Along the trail in Christ Church Meadows


Kathy Noltze's been to Oxford (on the train).

I returned from a fun-filled week in Oxford,

where just walking across the grounds of

Christ Church College raised my IQ by 2 points.


About us

Bloomin' Desert




Severn Tunnel


How's It Hanging



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March in such a way that

others will wish to join us.

       –-Hubert H. Humphrey

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

–Abraham Lincoln

Numbering your possessions

invites fate to take them away.

Full Circle

My great grandparents rode horses but were afraid to take the train. My grandparents took the train but were afraid to drive. My parents drove but were afraid to fly. I fly but I'm afraid to ride a horse.

He is not happy who does not

think himself so. –Roman Wisdom

A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit.


...I learned this... that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

–Henry David Thoreau

But dost thou love Life, then do not squander Time, for that's the Stuff Life is made of.

–Benjamin Franklin

The Sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

A large red drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone.

–John Steinbeck

The soul awakes...between two dim eternities–the eternal past,

the eternal future.

–Harriet Beecher Stowe

Nature Calls:

Ducks the Issue.

Kathy Noltze's photographs of

not-so-wild life on canals and

riversof northern England


Bournemouth photos

Cologne photos

Good King Wenceslas info

Krakow photos

Reclaimed info

Warsaw photos

Signs of the times:

Gargoyle on York Minster appears baffled; maybe he's trying to decipher signs.


♫♪Yellow Ribbon

I made a wrong turn when I departed the train station and found myself on a lonely street in Bad Godesberg, Germany. Godesburg ruins (notice spelling difference) was my aim but here I was in an isolated residential area. Suddenly I heard music, an American song, and I followed my ears, which ended up at a bandstand between a lively duck pond and a terrace of tea-drinkers who were startled to see me pop through the hedge. An orchestra on the bandstand played "...tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree..."

     Such are the memories that a song or smell evokes. The boss of the dials at our house had dialed a mellow-listening station and I was transported across time and distance.

Skuhrov, Czech Republic

Genealogy studies found me in  Czech Republic a few years

ago digging up Bohemian ancestors. This church in what was formerly Rathsdorf has a monument in its cemetery to residents who were killed in WWI; on the monument are inscribed the names of several Doubrawas and lots of Zimprichs, names familiar to many people in Wisconsin. Skuhrov/Rathsdorf can be  reached by train from Prague to Ceska Trebova and then about 7 miles by local bus.


Desert living isn't for the faint of heart.


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