Archive for April, 2009

30
Apr
09

Hohokam Petroglyph

298. Spiral

298. Spiral

This prehistoric rock art is one of many petroglyphs found on Signal Hill in Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. Petroglyphs are found throughout the American Southwest, wherever prehistoric people lived or journeyed. The carvings were chipped into the rock by the Hohokam peoples over 1,000 years ago.

It is unknown exactly what these carvings mean. They might have been of religious or ceremonial significance, or clan symbols, or decorative motifs. Or perhaps they are simply ancient graffiti.

29
Apr
09

A Touch of Glass, A Touch of Class

Glass Art Exhibit by Chihuly

118. Garden

Glass art exhibit by Dale Chihuly, at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona

28
Apr
09

Saguaro National Park

347. Vacations and Holidays

347. Vacations and Holidays

When you live in Wisconsin, where spring snow in April, even occasionally in May, is not unheard of, it is a real vacation to spend part of spring in the desert. This is the entrance to Saguaro National Park located just west of Tucson, Arizona. On the days we visited, the temperatures had turned “summer-like” and topped 100˚F, and so we were limited in what we could do. We visit a lot of National Parks and Monuments–it’s kind of my “thing”–and we usually include long hikes in our day. But when it is 100˚ in the desert, it is advisable to not spend the day hiking in the heat.

We spent a lot of time in the Visitor Center, checking out resources. Then took an 8 mile tour of the park in our car, stopping for photos every few minutes, so the drive took us 2 hours. Finally, as evening approached, we were able to get out and do some hiking. Gorgeous–the desert in the evening, a red sunset silhouetting saguaro cacti, roadrunners “beeping” across the trail in front of us, a faint breeze still filled with the day’s warmth.

Now I have to go back to Tucson when it is a bit cooler so I can really explore this amazing habitat.

27
Apr
09

Red Mud

6. Abstract

6. Abstract

The scenery at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle is extra-ordinary. All that you expect in Texas–sprawling, massive, big-skied. So what was I attracted to?

The dried mud deposited in a recent flash flood, now curling in the heat.

26
Apr
09

Steak and More

58. Coin-Operated

58. Coin-Operated

As we were traveling through Texas, we stopped at a motel in the Panhandle. It had an adjacent restaurant where the draw was an offer of a FREE 72 ounce steak–IF you could eat it all in an hour. I can’t even imagine!

However, steak was not the only draw. These “coin-operated” slots were in the bar.

Coin- operated? If slots aren’t coin-operated, I don’t know what is!

25
Apr
09

Tumbleweed

219. Out West

219. Out West

How much more “out west” can you get than tumbleweed blowing across your trail?

Seen in southern Arizona on the road to Chirachahua National Monument.

24
Apr
09

Yucca

279. Shadows

279. Shadows

The yucca. I love the contrast of the green plant and the red earth. And how the shadow makes the plant larger than life.




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