saguaro sunset silhouette

The high daytime temperature yesterday was somewhere in the low hundreds…and I imagine that it was probably somewhere in the mid-nineties by the time I came down from the mountain and entered the neighborhood again.  There had been clouds across the sky throughout the day, but they didn’t stick-around long enough to be significant with regard to the sunset…but there were bats circling the near-nighttime sky, skittering and dashing about as bats will do, finding their evening (or morning?) meals on the wing and disappearing into the blue-black shadows of the coming night.

I was walking back to my truck when I noticed the dash of white-yellow-orange-pink of the airliner passing the silhouette forms of these statuesque Saguaro cacti.  If you’re interested, the tree is a Palo Verde and the more linear stalks of cactus in the lower right corner are from a single Ocotillo…..

Wishing you a pleasant evening from north Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

saguaro sunset silhouette

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32 responses

  1. Such a very different scene, but beautiful in its own right.

    June 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    • It is more than a little bit different than what I used to post here, that’s for sure….thank you, Gunta.

      June 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

  2. Wow, the light there is fantastic! The soft hues of the sunset are spectacular. I love that kind of light. It’s like the magic light on the mountains of NM. This is a fine silhouette against the sunset, Scott.

    June 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    • Wonderful words, George….thank you. 🙂

      June 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

  3. Beautiful atmospheric silhouette, and those plants – definitely ‘statuesque’!

    June 13, 2014 at 1:45 am

    • Thank you, Meanderer…despite the heat, it’s rather beautiful here, although in a very different way.

      June 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

  4. That’s a ‘plane? Looks like a comet! Great shot; I can feel the heat radiating all the way to Scotland!

    June 13, 2014 at 2:17 am

    • Yep, it’s a plane, HH….thank you.

      June 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

  5. I’d bet that you’ll be seeing a lot of great sunsets there!

    June 13, 2014 at 4:28 am

    • I know I will, Allen, and being so close to the desert, it will be easier to enjoy them than when I was living in the city-proper.

      June 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  6. I miss the desert! Thanks for taking me back to a favorite place. When you get a chance, send some of that heat this way…please!

    June 13, 2014 at 5:36 am

    • Oh, you’re welcome, Laura….I’m glad you enjoyed the photo…and yes, I wish I could send you some of the heat, too. It hasn’t been horrible yet, but the hottest time of the year is yet to come. Sigh…..

      June 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

  7. Very nice landscape.

    June 13, 2014 at 5:50 am

    • Evening is a beautiful time here, Shimon…probably very similar to your desert home….

      June 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  8. Scott, I use to live in Tolleson there in Phoenix and I can attest to the weather being hot this time of the year. I love the landscape it brings back a lot of happy memories. Take care and if your a Father Happy Father’s Day.

    June 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    • Hello Kat….and yes, Tolleson gets pretty warm, as well. I’m glad the photo brought back good memories for you. 🙂

      June 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

  9. Peaceful, still and hot…..now that’s my kind of place….great shot old mate.

    June 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    • I’m sorry we didn’t get to tour the Wasatch together, John, but if you’re ever in this part of the desert world, I’ll be sure to show you around….and hopefully it will be sometime between October and March. 🙂

      June 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      • Wasatch would have been good, desert for desert…..bucket listed……cool months noted……cool. You live in an interesting part of the world, Scott…..and thanks for the offer…..living in hope.

        June 24, 2014 at 2:35 am

        • Yes, indeed, John…in hope.

          June 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

  10. Nice!

    June 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    • Thank you, Terry. 🙂

      June 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  11. Lovely

    June 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

  12. CrazyGuyinThailand

    Awesome pics.

    June 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    • Thanks, Crazy Guy. 🙂

      June 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

  13. LB

    Beautiful!!
    So how are you adjusting to the heat? Or is it not much warmer than Utah in the summer?

    June 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    • Thank you, LB…and I’m not hating it yet, so I think things are going ok so far….and yes, it is quite a bit warmer here than it was in my northern Utah summers. I think the hottest it was in my time there was about 105 degrees, and that was unusual…it will be upwards of 110 degrees pretty soon…and it can stay that way for a couple of weeks at a time…..but the A/C works better down here….. 😉

      June 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm

  14. A wonderful silhouette Scott!

    June 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

    • Thank you very much, Adrian. 🙂

      June 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm

  15. Beautiful pastel sky and lovely silhouettes!

    June 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    • Thank you, Susan. 🙂

      June 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

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