Grand and diminutive,

vast and intimate – these are

my alternating currents.

Five days in the Sonoran desert

allowed me to exercise

my predilection

for absorption in the

distant and near.


Sunrise, Sulphur Springs Valley, Arizona :

Weed seeds by the San Pedro River:

 Desert grass in winter:


Desert grasses, distant mountains; Cochise, Arizona:

Dried flower heads in the desert:

Going to seed in the desert:


The Dragoon Mountains:

An unidentified flower at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix:

Roadside grasses and the Chiricahuas:

Soaptree yucca (Yucca elata) and power plant, Cochise, Arizona:

Sulphur Springs Valley from the Chiricahua Mountains:

Mesquite with granite outcrops at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona:

Desert plants:


Evening at Whitewater Draw, Arizona:

The southeastern corner of Arizona is a fascinating mix of varied desert habitats, subtle colors, wide open spaces and amazing mountains. For our trip, we flew down to Phoenix, where we picked up a rental car and drove to Tucson. At the lively Union Public House, we enjoyed a wonderful evening with old friends from back east who just happened to be in Tucson that week. The next morning we drove southeast along Route 10 to the Sulphur Springs Valley, where gravel and dirt roads led us the final miles to our little hand-built adobe cottage in Cochise, hard by the Dragoon Mountains. Each day we explored the valley and the mountains on either side of it. I will post more photos soon!






  1. Such a fantastic series of photos ~ a far cry from the glory of the Cascades and Olympics of the PNW, but also a bit like the eastern parts of Washington and Oregon. Beautiful lighting in all ~ the going to seed in the desert shots were inspiring.


  2. I especially love the vistas of the Dragoon Mountains and the Sulphur Springs Valley…your trip was productive! Looking forward to seeing more…


  3. What beautiful images! Your macro shots are filled with such lovely soft light and tones. Love that roadside image with the glowing grasses. Wonderful post, thanks for sharing!


    • The greasses DID really glow, and they grow right up to the asphalt, which was so pretty. The macro ones were mostly done early on an overcast morning, right by the little place where we stayed. Thanks!


  4. Another beautiful series of photos…Love that last shot of Whitewater Draw! And I can’t get the images and thoughts associated with “going to seed in the desert”. Nicely done, Blue!


  5. I’ve never been to Whitewater Draw or the Chiricahuas, I’m embarrassed to say, but I know the birding is awesome down there with species not seen up here in the Phoenix area, so I really need to go. Great photos!


    • Yes – but for birding you should go later, as I’m sure you know. The Mexican species weren’t around when we were there ( a few weeks ago) but since I’ve never been to the southwest at all, I was happy with what I saw – the plants, the views, the colors, the open space, and the birds! But the Sandhill cranes – that’s reason to go in the winter, really. What an experience. And I have to add – the Chiricahuas are just the best! I’d love to get to the other side – by Portal – and see the research station – but like I said, I was happy with what I saw!!


  6. I love herons, cranes, egrets – always have – living on the east coast, I never saw Sandhill cranes until a few years ago when I took a trip to Florida. I was driving around back roads and there was a pair in someone’s yard – a very large yard, with a pond – it was so exciting because unexpected. But even with the expectation of Whitewater Draw, there is still much power in the experience, since there are big numbers, a lot of activity, few people, and noise, noise noise! They’re really vocal!)


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