22. June 2016 · Comments Off on Juxtapoisals · Categories: Places · Tags: , ,
Long Tail Bug Ocotillo
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The moon or the saguaro pointing at the moon?

Saguaro Moon
18. December 2014 · Comments Off on 2014 Clearance · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

More extras from 2014…

27. May 2014 · Comments Off on Sundry Wonders · Categories: Places · Tags: , , ,

A cat’s-claw moon beckons in the pre-dawn sky, a prickly pear shows some prickly attitude, a bee’s-banquet of saguaro flowers, and tiny eyes peer from the end of a tiny twig in the vast desert morning.

20. September 2013 · Comments Off on Perfection · Categories: Places · Tags: , ,

Maybe I’ve been starving a bit for natural surroundings, but this morning’s walk was perfect. Full moon, desert colors, clouds keeping direct sun and heat at bay…I ask for little more to make me happy this time of year. Everywhere is evidence of a rich monsoon while I was away, the lush grasses and small succulents –which may skip a dry year– are out everywhere. The cacti are swollen with watery wealth. Some perished as a result; two that looked like they were dancing together on a rock wall are now lying in the small canyon below, broken in water-rich chunks.

Post-walk I was checking in at Luminous Landscape, and saw that Miles Hecker had one of his useful articles up. It starts with a Navajo prayer that nicely reflected my feelings this morning.

23. June 2013 · Comments Off on Moon vs Train · Categories: Places · Tags:

In which the horizon comes to the rescue…

Full Moon Setting Over Cienega Creek
27. December 2012 · Comments Off on Strato Phenomena · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

In which the full moon rises and fish appear in the sky.

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03. April 2011 · Comments Off on Full Moon Morning · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

I got up before sunrise and climbed partway up the foothills behind the house for some full moon shots, which are included in the gallery below.

20. April 2009 · Comments Off on This Time For Sure · Categories: Places · Tags: , ,

So we had a relapse, pretty usual in New Mexico for both the weather and –now more understandably– the residents. We went from sunny and 60’s during the early week to blizzard on Friday morning. Even snowed down in Albuquerque. I pulled in late that night and the branches were loaded, prompting old memories of losing power when the snow was heavy like that. Fortunately the clocks were correct and the pellet stove still humming in the morning when the sun woke me up.

We had a big melt and drip on Saturday and Sunday, and warmer temps are predicted. The storm prompted stories of previous late spring snowstorms everywhere I went. Twain was correct, but I think people talk about the weather because they can’t do anything about it.

Here are some photos from the morning after…