Untamed Land

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bart in the Desert

Since I have spent my time lately illustrating the new children's book, I have not been anywhere intresting; So I will report on Bart's latest travels to the Southwest. The photo above is somewhere in Utah.
Desolate but beautiful.
A Red-shafted Flicker and friend.
Bart purchased a fixer-upper house in Bisbee where his daughter Sarah lives. 
Bisbee is a very funky town in Southeast Arizona near the border. My dad worked the copper mines there when he was young.
A panorama of the area.
In my youth I camped nearby and had some wild adventures with skunks and rattlesnakes among other things but I escaped unscathed.
The Milky Way.
A female Broad-billed Hummingbird.
They only occur in Southeast Arizona and points south into Mexico.
Although the female above shows hints of real beauty it is the male that displays spectacular colors.
There are many species of sparrows in the area and the Black-throated is the most striking and common.
It even displays a short crest.
A male House Finch. I miss Arizona but do not desire to move back.


Anonymous said...

I miss the high desert but if I were to try to return to it, it would be in central interior B.C..

Did you know that when Brigham Young was deciding where to go next from the Midwest, one of the places he considered was Vancouver Island? He sent out an inquiry to see whether they could settle there. ‘Where are you going, Mr. Young?’ I replied that I did not know where we should land. We had men in England trying to negotiate for Vancouver’s Island, and we sent a shipload of Saints round Cape Horn to California” (Journal of Discourses 5:230-231).

I often contemplate how different the lives of a great many would have been.

John Holmes said...

Bisbee looks pleasant in the early evening. And a great bunch of bird shots....