Friday ritual inspired by other blogs. A single photo from this past week…. few no words…. just a moment captured in time. If you feel inspired to share…. leave a link in the comments with your moment.
Arizona sunrise over the Mule Mountains.
One nice thing about February – longer days, more sunshine. Here the sun is rising over the Mule Mountains (on the left) and Bisbee. The lone mountain on the right in the background is in Mexico. Just after I snapped this, the sun broke over the horizon. I have been able to capture some lovely sunrises on the mornings when I take Bill in to work!
A week ago today David and I took a fun little excursion to Bisbee. It had snowed there earlier in the week and I wanted to take pictures of the snow. And David wanted a little time away from “screens” and he was eager to see snow also. Living in Phoenix will do that to you … warp your senses until you are eager to see snow!
Bisbee is a rather unique town. In the late 1800s it was the largest population center (other than San Francisco) west of the Mississippi. It even had its own stock exchange. Now, it is a quirky little town revitalized by artists and entrepreneurs, making it a tourist haven away from the heat of Tucson.
First order of business was to find a place to have lunch. Since it was so close to the New Year’s holiday, many places were still not open. I have always wanted to visit the High Desert Market and Café, but thought that it was a long trek from downtown. We discovered that it really isn’t that far from downtown, maybe a five minute hike. Of course, we picked a day where the temperature was in the thirties, so that five minute walk was a brisk one.
At the High Desert Market and Café we both ordered Specials of the Day. I had a Spinach, Goat Cheese and Olives personal pizza AND a cup of Sweet Potato/Carrot soup.
Both were delicious!
The last piece of pizza, which I took home for next day’s lunch.
From our table we could see the Cochise County Courthouse and what I am assuming is a statue of Vulcan.
After lunch, our walk back to downtown was in swirling snow!
This must be Castle Rock, because the building opposite is named The Inn at Castle Rock.
Notice the snow flakes?
By the time we got to the downtown section, we were glad to browse a couple of antique and what-not shops just to get warm! David and I are not avid window shoppers, though, and we quickly decided it was time to head for the car. We stopped at the On Consignment in Bisbee store, just to see what treasures could be found, but I didn’t see anything I couldn’t live without, so we continued on. Our last stop was the Bisbee Breakfast Club for a warm drink to go.
Tomorrow I will post up some of the pictures I took of the Huachuca Mountains on the way home.
I mentioned on my May 9th More Wildfires post about the Horseshoe 2 wildfire that began on May 8th. Mostly our wind has been from the west, so we have not experienced much of the smoke from that fire. Yesterday I took these pictures looking off to the east.
You can see the Chiricahua Mountains in the center of the picture, far in the distance. It doesn’t show up so well in the picture, but you can actually see a smoke plume rising from those mountains. Notice the blue sky?
When I zoom in as far as my camera will allow, the blue sky is gone and all you have is a smoky haze. Trying to see the area where the smoke is actually coming from is sort of like looking at the Pleiades, you can see it better if you look at it with your peripheral vision.
The mountain range in the foreground is the Mule Mountains, with the town of Bisbee and the Mexico border on the southern end. The Horseshoe 2 wildfire is approximately 80 miles northeast of Sierra Vista. As of this morning, the news report said that it had consumed 32,000 acres and was 25% contained.
Here is a time-lapse video of the Horseshoe 2 fire and some more information from the JeffBeamish.com blog, a local (Tucson) blog pertaining to weather in Arizona.