While I realized I’d published several desert landscapes in my collections, none of them really encapsulated the wide spectrum of the Sonoran Desert near my home. So I traveled out about 5 miles, looked north, and this is what I saw. This photo was taken on on the Fall Equinox - September 21, 2018, during the mid-afternoon. It was our average three-digit temperature for the season (around 100) with fluffy white clouds in a clear blue sky. This hidden valley is nestled between the Estrella Mountains just south of Phoenix (as seen in the background in this photo) and Table Top Mountain to the south, which marks the northern border of the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation which borders Mexico. Of course the icon of the desert southwest is prolific here - the Giant Saguaro cactus surrounded by creosote bushes sprouting out of the sandy rock bed of the Sonoran Desert upland. This place is sacred to me - it is my home.
February 19th, 2019
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