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desert heights

Saguaro and Hot Air Balloon over North Phoenix


last saturday

After I trimmed the overgrown rose bush last evening, I had planned to cut the grass this morning.  I had already mowed the front yard, but still needed to do the much larger back yard…for the last time.  The weather forecast said it was going to be partly cloudy today, so I was looking forward to completing the chores in a bit of a cooler morning.

Well…it is much cooler…and the lawn-mower is still in the garage…where it needs to be when the late-spring rains come visiting in northern Utah.  I have been to the store already and completed my weekly shopping…everything is in the cupboards…the dogs’ food bowl is refilled and they have already consumed their snacks and are sleeping somewhere in the house…as is the rest of the family.

It’s been more than a couple of years since I’ve made pancakes in a pan on the stove…I am more in the habit of using an electric griddle…or of making waffles with a waffle-iron…but the griddle and waffle-iron are in boxes already, packed and prepared for the upcoming move to Phoenix…so it was the frying pan and pancake mix this morning…soft and sad music from Stephan Moccio playing on Pandora…the sound of falling rain coming in through the open windows and back door…and warm cinnamon and nutmeg wafting up from the stove-top….

During my pancake preparations, it dawned on me that this is my last Saturday in Utah…we will be packed and driving away next Friday morning and next Saturday will find us unpacking and living in Arizona again.  The words “last Saturday” reminded me of a folder of photos I have in my files that is titled, “First Saturday,” the photographic journal that I created on my very first Saturday living here in Utah…September 11, 2010.  Below is one of the images from that outing…looking up into Bells Canyon from the southern edge of the lower reservoir.  You might remember some of my later photos from hiking in the area, as I found myself in that location probably close to two dozen times over the past almost four years.  Well…I guess you could say this is where it all started….

Bells Canyon First Saturday 9-11-2010

Well, crap…I just hit the Publish button when I meant to hit the Preview button…so maybe you’re looking at this post in it’s incomplete stage…or maybe…I don’t know…anyway.  I’ll continue like nothing happened….

So…some final images from my last Saturday here in Utah…the cloud covered mountains…fresh pancakes that turned-out ok after I burned the first set…snow-boots on the floor by the back-door that will likely never see snow again…and the paddle from an Arizona wind-chime, with a cloudy Twin Peaks in the background, that will soon be returning to Arizona….

 


drops of morning

before the rains the desert smells like dust and rock

sometimes an unknown metal rides the glands of nose and mouth with searching

creosote 1

and after they come it is sweet with a knowable something

creosote 3

one that you know when you’ve been there and one that you don’t when you haven’t

creosote 2

 creosote or greasewood blossoms on a spring morning in the sonora desert north of phoenix arizona


North Phoenix Desert Morning

We’ve not completely made the move yet, but I was in town for the past few days for an interview and to see a bit of the new neighborhood.  I made these images on a short walk through the desert area that is about five minutes away from our new home in the far north part of Phoenix.  Please remember that you can click on any image to be taken to a slide-show that presents each photograph in a larger format.


Low Clouds over the Wasatch Mountains

Low clouds over Wasatch Mountains 1

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Low clouds over Wasatch Mountains 2

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Low clouds over Wasatch Mountains 3

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Low clouds over Wasatch Mountains 4

 


lakeside

Beside Rush Lake, Tooele County, Utah

Another shot of Rush Lake in Tooele County, Utah, with the snow-draped Stansbury Mountains in the background…from late February of this year.


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to earth again

deer bones in golden grass


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My Huckleberry…..

Little One in straw hat


red earth…blue sky

red earth blue sky

Looking west from Highway 89, just south of Page, Arizona….the Grand Canyon is a bit further west and Lake Powell is just a couple of miles to the north and east of this location.


street scene….

SLC Street scene

I made this image, facing east on 9000 South, after exiting the I-15 freeway last Sunday evening, April 27, 2014.


winds of change….

There are all kinds of witty and hackneyed sayings and cliches about Change that I could use to introduce this post, but I will pass on all of that and just get right to the subject…my time in the Wasatch is quickly coming to an end.  My family and I will be returning to the desert of Arizona and I will soon be embracing the challenge of viewing that desert through a camera lens…looking for and capturing a different beauty that I know is out there.  While I will be living in a different location than the one I featured in my post Tribute to the Desert, from October of last year, I hope to find a similar desert-ed wonderfulness nearby…or within a not-too-long drive, anyway.

Clouds rolling over Stansbury Mountains and plains

I made this image in late February of this year as I was exploring the area west of Salt Lake City, Utah…beyond the Oquirrh Mountains.  It is looking south and east from the side of a road.  Those are the Stansbury Mountains off to the right…so The Great Salt Lake is a few miles behind us as we stand here admiring the unusual clouds and plains and snow-covered mountains…..