Another Blossom

May 10, 2009

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The summer heat is ramping up and the desert is in bloom. Everywhere I look there are delicate little sexpots clamoring for attention and the impregnation of the next generation. What spectacular gifts reproduction blesses us with.

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High Desert Sunset

May 9, 2009

High Desert Sunset

Sedona Lichen

May 1, 2009

Sedona Lichen
Scrabbling down the backside of Cathedral Rock, this particular patch of lichen demanded my attention.

Bear Mountain

April 29, 2009

Bear MountainYucca and prickly pear at 5,700 feet in elevation on the trail to Bear Mountain in the background.

High Desert

April 28, 2009

High DesertOff of the Bear Mountain Trail near Sedona, shot in near infrared with my trusty Minolta Dimage 7.  Man am I sorry Minolta cashed out of the camera business – they made good stuff.

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The First Hedgehog Blossom of the Season

There it was, screaming at me from across the desert, a brilliant beacon of flaming magenta. Hedgehog cactus, in bloom. Spring is in process. The local brittlebush blossoms have passed their peak in only about 2 days. So fast. The hedgehogs will take a more leisurely stroll through the mating process. Come hither, come hither…

Earp Alluvium #6

March 2, 2009

Earp Alluvium #6

Desert Varnish/Desert Flora

Desert Varnish is a wonderful and strange coating that forms on rocks in the desert from heat, clay, biologic stuff and other magic. Flowers, of course, are flowers, and they seem to show up everywhere, even in the desert. And they are espcially dramatic against the backdrop of dry and seemingly barren. Which may just make them ever more magical and special and more effective as a reminder that life is a gift not to be taken for granted, which of course is what I do most of the time except when I don’t. I hope you don’t some today, too.

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– A.

Craggy, the operative word.

February 17, 2009

It Ain't Always Easy