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A time of day and a frame of mind...come early or come late, but either way prepare yourself for the romantic prismatic colors of sun, clouds and landscape. Come to the Southwest at sundown. The oblique rays of the sun light the undersides of the clouds and shower a prism of beauty on canyons, flowers and homesteads alike. Then add a desert monsoon and a cruising hawk for awesome drama. Be sure and check our other galleries; they overlap a little.
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Night of the Hawk
Night of the Hawk©. The night belongs to the Harris hawk perched briefly for the sake of reconnaissance on a giant saguaro cactus as sunset crosses the Sonoran Desert. The Tucson Mountains appear in the distance, but this hawk is clearly hoping that a midnight snack may be much closer, perhaps hopping through the brittle brush and creosote bush below.
Pusch Ridge© is a gigantic westward protrusion of the Southern Arizona’s Santa Catalina mountains. The head of this sky island range is often veiled in snow, while the foot is planted firmly in the surrounding warm Sonoran Desert, creating a distinctive weather pattern. Here the final clouds of the evening seem to boil from the rugged mountain tops, observed quietly by a tall saguaro.
Rider in the Sun
Rider in the Sun©. In the Southwestern Arizona desert, the sun has just set. There is still a glint of the sunset on the back of the lone cowboy heading home. The tips of the saguaro are also lit, guiding him home at the day’s end.
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Scattered Showers© are the rule in monsoonal Southern Arizona. In the midst of summer heat that sometimes seems interminable, the clouds form over the mountains and drift slowly across the land. And wherever they go, the refreshing rain brings the promise of a cool evening filled with the rustle and whistle of birds and the scratching of the enlivened coyotes and javelinas.
Sky Light©. The sun rises over the Catalinas gradually highlighting both the desert floor and the Tortolita Mountains in the background. In the midst of this vivid display rise the plumes of a flowering agave. Keep watching carefully and perhaps you will see one of the colorful humming birds who enjoy the nectar.
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