Tuesday, January 09, 2018

BETWEEN A FIERY SUNRISE AND AN EQUALLY FIERY SUNSET WE SPENT A FEW HOURS WITH GOOD FRIENDS CARON AND CHRIS

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HEY PAT THIS IS WHAT A SUNRISE LOOKS LIKE AT YOUR HOUSE:))

I still have the last of my photos to publish from last week’s Wednesday Jeep scramble up the East side of the Chiricahua Mountains so soon as we get a really rotten pouring rain weather day and I can’t get outside to run amok with my cameras I still intend to post them and finally get myself caught up with my back-logged photo deluge.

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IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY YOU CAN SEE THE BISBEE COMMUNICATION TOWERS HIGH IN THE MULE MOUNTAINS AT THE NORTH END OF TOMBSTONE CANYON

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A touch of wind in the night rolled a morning cloud cover over us which in turn made for milder early day temperatures.  Warm mornings are always nice except they sometimes lead to unpleasantly hot afternoons but that was not the case today.  Sunny afternoon breaks seemed to spur on gusting winds and that made for a marvelous weather day with spectacular cloud patterns.  We did have to dress on the warm side though due to the wind.

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HERE’S KELLY IN HER GROOVY PJ’S PULLING A LONG SKINNY RATTLER OUT OF THE GROUND

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SUNRISE ON THE HUACHUCA MOUNTAINS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SAN PEDRO VALLEY

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Pheebs and I were in the Jeep early and headed a short distance down the road to the San Pedro House.  Fellow RV’ing bloggers and good friends and neighbors from our 5 Seasons Park back home in Bayfield, Caron and Chris were meeting us in the parking lot there.  They rolled in about 8:50 and we led the way from there back to where we are camped for a few days.  Caron writes and takes photos for their blog, ‘Travels With CC And Dixie’.

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PHEEBS AND I ARRIVED EARLY AT THE SAN PEDRO HOUSE AND BRIEFLY WERE THE ONLY ONE’S THERE

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THIS OLD COTTONWOOD TREE IS SO HUGE ONE OF IT’S BRANCHES EXTENDS INTO THE ROOF OF AN OLD CABIN

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The San Pedro River is considered one of the largest and most critical avian migratory corridors remaining in the western United States.

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WE WERENT LONG IN SPOTTING THIS RED TAIL HAWK

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WHILE WAITING FOR CARON AND CHRIS A GROUP OF HIKERS ARRIVED AND SET OUT ON ONE OF THE TRAILS

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THEY WERE A COLORFULLY DRESSED BUNCH AND THAT’S WHAT CAUGHT MY EYE

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THEY ARE HEADING STRAIGHT FOR THE SAN PEDRO RIVER WHERE THOSE BIG COTTONWOOD TREES ARE

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THE GROUP WAS SOON ALMOST OUT OF SIGHT EXCEPT FOR TWO WAYWARD FELLAS I SPOTTED IN THE TALL GRASS

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“HEY BILL I THINK WE’RE LOST”…..”YA, I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT MY WIFE”

Darned if we didn’t have ourselves a great visit and chin wag with Chris and Caron.  Chris is especially savvy about phones and electronic stuff so we picked up some good tips.  Well Kelly did anyway, I’m not so savvy.  He is also a very handy fellow and somehow our brake light got fixed and a mis-aligned windshield wiper on the rig was straightened.  Now I was asked not to bother mentioning how that happened so I won’t.  Caron was busy with her camera and later sent us some pics of which I will include one.  Nice people these folks and we consider them good friends and neighbors.  Oh by the way, a big thanks to whoever fixed those problems for us………:))

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BELOW ARE THE MESQUITE BEANS WE CLEANED OUT FROM BEHIND THE TAIL LIGHT ASSEMBLY

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THE TAIL LIGHT ASSEMBLY HAD TO BE REMOVED AND IN BEHIND IT WE FOUND MESQUITE BEANS AND THE ONLY POSSIBLE WAY THEY COULD HAVE GOT THERE WAS BY A PACK RAT OR MOUSE….FOR AS LONG AS WE’VE OWNED RV’S WE HAVE NEVER HAD A RODENT PROBLEM…..OR DID WE??

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THIS IS CARON’S PHOTO AND HER CAPTION IS ‘HOW MANY CANADIANS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB’…. NOTICE TWO WORKING ON THE PROBLEM, ONE FURRY GUY WATCHING AND ONE GUY STANDING THERE HOLDING THE TAIL LIGHT COVER TRYING TO LOOK REMOTELY INTELLIGENT

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A GREAT WILLOWY GHOSTLIKE SKY EAGLE MAKES IT’S WAY ACROSS THE AFTERNOON SKY

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LOOKING IN THE DIRECTION OF THE MUSTANG MOUNTAINS

Took Pheebs for an afternoon walk and couldn’t help but take another glomp of photos along the way.  Had intended to wrap up my remaining Chiricahua pics in this post but with all of today’s additional photos there just isn’t any room again.  Here in the great Southwest with all it’s surrounding beauty it is near impossible for someone like me with photographic interests not to go overboard bonkers every day.  

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PHEEBS AND I HEAD OUT FOR AN AFTERNOON WALK

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THIS IS A TYPE OF CHOLLA (CHOY-A) PLANT

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I’M THINKING THIS MUST BE SOME KIND OF BIRD’S NEST IN THE CHOLLA

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HAZY SIERRA VISTA ON THE VALLEY FLOOR

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BISBEE’S UP THERE IN THOSE MOUNTAINS

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HMMMM, COULD BE THE BEGINNINGS OF A WALL HERE

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RAIN CLOUDS GATHERING IN THE VALLEY

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A PASSING LIGHT RAIN FOCUSES ON SIERRA VISTA

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CLOUDS OVER THE MUSTANGS

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SKIES BEGIN TO CLEAR A BIT

As mentioned by me many times before one of the big things we look forward to each year about coming to the Southwest is the sunrises and sunsets.  We never see them at home in our pine forest.  Sunrises and sunsets here are massive and today was a good example of that.  Not only did I catch a sunrise but was able to grab me a sunset as well.  With today’s cloud patterns and texture I knew we could be in for a great sunset.   We got one and it was a doozer on all horizons.  One could stand in one spot, level their camera on the any horizon, then turn in a slow circle firing as they went.  Every photo coming back in the 360* turn would have been just fine

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SUNSET CASTS SHADOWS ONTO THE WEST SIDE OF THE MULE MOUNTAINS

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LOOKING IN THE DIRECTION OF THE WHETSTONE MOUNTAINS

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SUN IS DROPPING BEHIND THE HUACHUCAS

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LOOKING IN THE DIRECTION OF THE TOMBSTONE HILLS

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NOTICE THE LARGE NORTHBOUND DUCK FLYING LOW OVER THE HUACHUCA MOUNTAINS

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LOOKING TOWARDS BENSON ARIZONA

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A HERD OF TELL TALE TURTLE TURKEYS SKITTLE SINGLE FILE ACROSS THE EVENING SKY BETWEEN THE HUACHUKA AND MUSTANG MOUNTAINS

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  You're not a kid anymore when:
- You enjoy watching the news.
- You can live without sex but not without your glasses.
- You quit trying to hold in your stomach, no matter who walks into the room.
- The phone rings and you hope it's NOT for you.
- Your best friend is dating someone half their age AND isn't breaking any laws.
- You start singing along with the elevator music.
- You really do want a new washing machine for your birthday.
- The only reason you're still awake at 4:00 am is indigestion.
- People ask what color your hair USED to be.
- You're proud of your lawnmower!
- You point out what buildings used to be where.
- You routinely check the oil in your car.
- You've owned clothes so long that they've come back into style, TWICE.
- You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
- You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.
- 8:00 AM is your idea of "sleeping in".
- Neighbors borrow your tools.
- Others ask for your recipes.
- You paint walls for a reason other than getting your deposit back.
- You can't remember the last time you lay on the floor to watch television.
- You wear socks with sandals.

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16 comments:

  1. The glorious sunrises.. The fantastic sunsets. The imagination to catch all those images in the sky (the duck, for example). How blessed are we all to have somebody to take those incredible photos and share them with us. Thank you for making us all so aware of what a wonderful world we have.

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  2. Absolutely fantastic photos Al. Thanks ever so much for sharing your talent with all of us each and every day.

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  3. Thank You for showing us the great performance the clouds put on yesterday. Fantastic.

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  4. Love the pictures! Enjoyed the caption from your friend, that was too funny.

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  5. Wonderful pics and interesting post Al....Mesquite beans??? Really???

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  6. Nice that you caught up with friends and that you managed to get your tail light fixed.

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  7. Amazing photo opportunities you have down there, including those sunrises and sunsets. Heading outthis morning to photograph frozen waterfalls with my point and shoot before they melt in tomorrow's warm blast.

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  8. Beautiful pictures, Al. The clouds sure tell and awesome story morning and night time.

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  9. Love the cloud pics, especially the eagle.

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  10. Beautiful sunset photos!
    That looks like a cactus wren nest in the cholla.

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  11. Beautiful sunrise and sunset photos. I guess you missed out on the rain, but did get some beautiful cloud formations.

    Ad you got that taillight fixed and that mysterious bent wiper.

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  12. What wonderful photos of the sunrise. Especially liked the photos of the shadows on the Mule Mountains.

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  13. Incredible desert skies. Love the giant cottonwood tree and the smokey ghost eagle in the sky!! Always nice to meet up with folks where things miraculously get repaired :-))

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  14. "How many Canadians does it take to change a lightbulb?" I think that qualifies as your best Groaner yet!!! :cD

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  15. Shhhh...your very welcome Al. Thanks for the nice visit!

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