Just Wildflowers

Ninety-six desert blooms. This how many wildflowers, and blooming bushes, trees, and cactus I have photographed and identified the last couple of months in Arizona. (There are 30 or more we haven’t IDed yet and yes, there will be a Just Wildflowers 2.) When I started out photographing wildflowers way back at Buenos Aires NWR …read more

Eviction Notice

May 6 – May 12, 2020. The first surprise of the day was the naked man. We were walking down a disused road deep in the forest at about 6:30 in the morning when we saw him. From a distance, I thought he wore odd colored clothing – kind of flesh-colored. But as we got …read more

Turning Down the Thermostat

April 27 – May 5, 2020. It was hot in Ajo. Really, really hot. Pushing 100 hot. The giant saguaro cacti were loving it. The intensity of the sun beating down on their recently sprouted green nubs growing out of their spiky extremities was causing them to burst out into amazing white blooms. We, on …read more

April 2020 Cost of Being a Nomad

I thought this was going to be one of the easiest expense posts I had ever done. We didn’t walk into a store in April until the 15 and weren’t planning on hitting another store until May 1 after another stint of quarantining. Then things started breaking. Our vent fan broke, but that could wait. …read more

The Desert Around Ajo Part 2

This is part 2 of our The Desert Around Ajo post. See part 1 here. April 20 – April 26, 2020. I was looking forward to visiting the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, even though it wasn’t going to be too much different from the 4 days we had just spent camping on BLM land …read more

The Desert Around Ajo Part 1

April 16 – April 20. It was around 3 years ago when we were driving from Gila Bend south to visit Organ Pipe National Monument. The terrain was flat scraggly fields with a few creosote bushes here and there and mountains lining the horizon in the distance. And then suddenly all that disappeared. Flanking the …read more