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!
Wednesday morning Bill sent me an email, asking if we could have a date night that evening, with just the two of us going out to dinner. Wasn’t that sweet?
We decided to make the trek to Tombstone to one of our favorite restaurant’s, Johnny Ringo’s. The food is always good there, the service is always excellent, and best of all, it is a quiet restaurant. No televisions or music blaring and the building doesn’t echo when it is full of people (which it rarely has been since we started going there). Bill ordered steak (what else?) and I ordered an avocado salad and a plain backed potato with a side of salsa. The waitress later said she had never seen anyone put salsa on a baked potato before! Really?
The sun was going down as we drove the 20 miles to Tombstone and I tried taking some pictures of the magnificent views with my cell phone. Normally I am very pleased with the pictures it takes, but it just wasn’t able to handle the speed of the car combined with the darkness of the sky.
This is looking east towards the Mule Mountains. I should have zoomed in a bit in order to capture more of the mountains in the distance rather so much of the desert up close. The pinks and purples were fantastic, though.
Looking back west towards Sierra Vista and the Huachuca Mountains.
East again, across the San Pedro River Valley and to the Mule Mountains. See the silvery tree line across the center? That is the San Pedro River. Even though this is quite pixilated, I kind of like it!
West again, as the sun sets completely behind the Huachuca Mountains. That isn’t really a plane in the upper left, but a star.
All in all, an enjoyable evening, even if we did end it with a quick stop at Wal-mart on our way home. When we arrived home, Copper let us know that she wasn’t impressed with our desertion and we were required to sit on the couch and give her a massive dose of attention. David said she sat at the garage door and meowed for quite some time while we were gone and then settled down on the floor by the door until we came home. Obviously David is not a suitable substitute!
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.