Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Category Archives: Nature

Puff, the magic dragon…

Out shooting in the desert with my trusty IPhone this morning and came upon this dead cactus. Has definite prehistoric implications.

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When the Sun Comes Up in Arizona…

It’s a most dramatic scene…

Yellow Bells…

The desert is deceptive. The amazing number and quality of flowers that grow profusely here is astonishing. Here is a photo of the Yellow Bells that grow in our back yard. I can gaze at them thoughtfully for lengthy moments. Oddly, it never occurred to me to pull out my IPhone, shoot and edit a few renditions of their beauty until this morning.

Fire in the Sky…

In the desert, dead trees can do all kinds of things to you…

One of My Photos Made It…

What I don’t know.

Guinea Fowl…

Yesterday Jo Ann had lunch with a good girl friend who had moved away. I decided to go out for some catfish at a local barbeque restaurant.

There’s a nice lake about a hundred feet away from my window seat and I was astonished to see 20 black duck-like birds with bright white bills frolicking in the water. Almost a quarter of a century in Arizona and I’d not seen any birds quite like that.

I called the manager over and asked about them. He said they were guinea fowls. “They show up every year about this time, stay about two days and disappear just as suddenly – apparently on their way to Wisconsin or Minnesota.”

They were flocked together; swimming, diving and swimming underwater, popping up, waddling up onto the grass lawn to check out possible snacks, then delightfully trooping over to the rock wall that bordered the lake and hurling themselves the 3 feet or so into the lake, enjoying themselves almost as much as I enjoyed watching them. What a treat!

Here’s a Google Image to give you a small idea…