Category Archives: Desert

Weekly Photo Challenge: GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

And who could forget it? A picnic in the Saguaro Desert in Tucson, Arizona, at sunset. Dear friends, dear friends of dear friends, icy margaritas, saguaro cactus all around, and a majestic spectacle we felt was put on just for … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CONVERGE

When day impinges upon night each morning — When night overtakes day each evening — A zone of convergence is created. Here is blackness giving way to first light in Tucson, when the morning meets the mountain: And again in … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: DESCENT

Well! The English language is often ambiguous/indeterminate, and DESCENT proves to be no exception. Here are some stairs to descend at the New Century Theater at Smith College, Northampton: And here is the snow descending upon us — gently, for once! — last winter (not … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: BEGINNING

I woke up this morning to blue sky and sun and the orange of the desert flowering, and puffy white clouds and dry heat on my skin and then —- I really woke up. To 12 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SATURATION

I love love love color, the more saturated the better! It restores my flagging spirits, it makes the world a livelier and more cheerful place, it makes me gasp sometimes for sheer beauty. Perhaps that’s why I love the high … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: GEOMETRY (4)

Here we go round the prickly pear Prickly pear prickly pear Here we go round the prickly pear At five o’clock in the morning. T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land Botanical geometry, now we see ONE globe: And now there are TWO: … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FRIENDSHIP

Some ten miles south of downtown Tucson, AZ, on desert land of the Tohono O’odham tribe, is the church of San Xavier del Bac Mission, a baroque confection founded by Jesuits and completed at the end of the 18th century. … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SUN (5)

“Day” is almost done for this week’s photo challenge, and before the sun sets on this week’s  SUN here is my own personal favorite of my own sun photos. It’s a cliché, yes, but banal? Never! The sunset in its … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast, 4

We’re still contrasting Inside and Outside, but look what’s happened here: When the outside is so spectacular — Mountains! Arizona desert light! — the inside dwindles to insignificance, to nothingness. I sense a parable emerging; does anyone else find double, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows, 6

Not much of a window, maybe? But it’s an opening in a wall, with a removable covering, so it qualifies. There’s a fine barrel cactus and some rocks in the desert sand of the “garden” overlooked by the window, and … Continue reading

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