Saturday, July 31, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

I'm fascinated by the delicate intricacies of nature.

Friday, July 30, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Beginning a new journey. Where should the travels take us now that we are released from our tether?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Things in the desert tend to be poky.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

WATER! We had a spectacular monsoon storm last night. Thunder, lightning, and torrential rain at my house. Punctuated by a span of 45 minutes of eerily silent dark without electricity. No sound of the air conditioner, computer fans or refrigerator. Wondering what I would do with the dogs in the morning if it didn't come back on. On the walk this morning, with eyes feasting on the rich colors of sparkly clean everything and surrounded by moist dirt smell, I watched cars swerve just to go through the puddles. The rain brings out the kid in all of us desert dwellers.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

RAIN!!! We had rain yesterday. There's nothing like the first real storm during the summer in Tucson. I can't tell you how many people I saw standing outside, arms out, looking up at the sky, grinning like fools and splashing in puddles. And people driving with arms hanging out open car windows just soaking in the moisture. Thunder, lightning and a spectacular sunset. Yesterday was a good day.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Today (and Saturday) is graduation day for a number of dogs that have participated in the Seize the Leash training classes: Tiny Tyrants and Group Behavior Training. I have been working as their photographer for a while now and am looking forward to photographing the graduations, the changes in the dogs from the first class to now is stunning (and in some cases unbelievable). I have a number of different photos that I really like from the past classes, but these two are my favorites.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

I, camera in hand, am typically chasing after dogs trying for that perfect photo (see my other blog). I've come close, but have yet to get it. In the mean time I get lots of photos of wicked cute dogs. See Exhibit 'A' below.

Monday, July 12, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

There were exactly 14 raindrops on my windshield as I was driving home yesterday! I'm not sure if that was a success or failure. So we're going to move on to other things for a while in the hopes waiting for the monsoons is like watching a pot of water never boil. Most likely, because the heat wasn't turned up high enough. When I see this photo I am always amazed at how many shades of green there are.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

THE TEASER

Argggghhhhh!! Come on and rain already. The anticipation is brutal. It's like waiting for Christmas knowing you are getting the Red Ryder BB gun AND a pair of protective eye wear. It's hot (over 100) and humid. Shall we just say muggy. Yes, muggy in Arizona. Go figure. These are always the worst two weeks for weather in Arizona; the two leading up to the monsoons.

Not that it is hot, we're used to the heat. Not that it's humid. That is a novelty and it indicates there is a promise of rain. The two combined though just sucks. Add to that the anticipation of the rain - the two weeks it takes the clouds to decide they are ready to release that moisture to cool everything off and the earth determines it is ready to receive it, so we can experience the true monsoons. Thunder, lightning, dry washes running, rain curtains, everything sparkly and cleaned of the perpetual layer of dust, towering clouds, and spectacular sunsets (though the last two having started already).

One of my fondest memories occurred the first summer we were here; a completely foreign land after being uprooted from the green and lush of Massachusetts. I walked into a rain storm. This was 20 years ago and I still remember the wonder I experienced when I felt the first light drops of rain which then quickly progressed to larger, fatter and more plentiful drops within 10 steps. The realization that I was at the edge of a storm dawned and then solidified when I tested my theory and retraced my steps to return to dry land. All the difference of 20 feet. I can still hear the 'plat', 'plat', 'plat' of the rain hitting the ground changing tempo as more and more drops fell. I can see the puffs of dust as the water hit the dry, dusty ground. The traditional light brown dirt speckled with a few dark circles proximate to me, then morphing to solid dark brown at a distance, as it turned to mud. My first inclination that there might be something redeeming about this new desert home after all.

So up until it actually rains there are teasing clouds building every day, taunting rain curtains, where the rain doesn't quite hit the ground but you can see it falling, trying to make it to earth. During this time it is just plain uncomfortable. Once the rains actually fall, things cool off, the still high temperatures don't seem to matter quite as much and the humidity seems to go away. Weird, but there it is.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

We are so close to getting rain. The clouds are building every day, there is humidity in the air - my hair is starting to curl, and the creosotes are starting to smell. There was even a rain curtain over the mountains yesterday evening. Soon.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

More fun with the Antelope squirrels.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Hanging out in the shade of a prickly pear flower. Seems like a pretty good way to spend a morning.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Not only did we see fireworks at my Mom's house on the 4th we also saw her newest tenant, this little fox, who was hanging out on her 1950s bomb shelter door.


Monday, July 5, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

A little reminder of the great time we had last night watching the fireworks show from my Mom's front yard.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

OF THINGS TO COME

I just returned from a trip to the Midwest where I was the location photographer for an episode of the Meteorite Men TV show. This lovely church was in a small rural town where we spent quite a bit of our time. There will be more posts about my adventure in the near future (including behind the scenes pictures), so keep checking back!

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Skyrockets for celebrating the 4th.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

Delicate tops of bunch grass. I love that this grows 'wild' in my yard.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

PHOTO FOR THE DAY

My favorite flower bringing back memories of when Judi hiked me into the ground. It is always amazing to walk with someone that can go forever.