Fall in Tucson

I absolutely love fall in Tucson. While we don’t have trees with yellow, red and gold leaves, we do have plenty of vibrant rich color that will last into the new year. This is the perfect time to be outside here in the desert. Temps are in the mid eighties, the breeze is cool and the sun is warm. It’s Heaven I tell you.

Colorful fall flowers in Tucson, Arizona
Colorful fall flowers, Talavera birds and tree spirits in Tucson, Arizona.
Prayer flags blowing in the breeze.
Prayer flags blowing in the breeze. Fall in Tucson, Arizona.
Fairy door.
Fairy door.
Oklahoma rose.
Oklahoma rose.

The puppies love hanging out in the backyard too. We usually have cool drinks in hand and something delicious grilling on the barbecue.

Rylee, our three year old cockapoo,  enjoying the fall afternoon.
Rylee, our three year old cockapoo, enjoying the fall afternoon.
Kona, our crazy little green-eyed mixed breed puppy.
Kona, our crazy little green-eyed mixed breed puppy.
Luna Bella, our three year old Shih Tsu.
Luna Bella, our three year old Shih Tsu.

Reading, drinking tea, journaling, meditating and yoga are some of my favorite things to do outside this time of year.

Cup of tea and a good book.
Cup of tea and a good book.
New journal, new possibilities.
New journal, new possibilities.
Sunrise Yoga in Tucson, Arizona
Sunrise yoga, Tucson, Arizona.

All Hallows’ Eve is one of my favorite times of the year. Days are warm, nights are cool, and it’s a peaceful time of reflection and introspection.

Talavera pumpkin soaking up the sun. Halloween - Tucson style.
Talavera pumpkin soaking up the sun. Halloween – Tucson style.
Chai tea and puppies on All Hallows' Eve.
Chai tea and puppies on All Hallows’ Eve.
Why yes, as a matter of fact, I can drive a stick ­čśë
Why yes, as a matter of fact, I can drive a stick. That’s my familiar, Harley, in the background.

Where ever you are I hope the weather is beautiful and you are enjoying life.

Happy Fall Y’all!

It's Fall Y'all!
It’s Fall Y’all!

Woo Hoo – it’s finally here. Fall has come to the desert and I am so ready. For Tucsonans this is a big deal. Huge. We are finally┬ádone with triple digit temperatures and this is the time of year when our town really comes alive.

Fall in Tucson
Celebrating fall in Tucson with a beautiful mug from Chalk Full of Love.

It’s time for NFL and University of Arizona football (go Cardinals and Wildcats); tailgate parties; hiking and yoga in the park; fire pits and backyard barbecues; fall planting and decorating for Halloween.

Handmade broom collection.
Hand made broom collection.
Celebrating fall with a Talavera jack-o'-lantern
Talavera jack-o’-lantern.
Fall blankets. Its's fall y'all!
Fall blankets.
Sunflower basking in the fall sun. Tucson, Arizona
Sunflower basking in the fall sun. Tucson, Arizona.

It’s time for apple and pumpkin picking at Apple Annie’s and getting lost in the corn maze.

Pumpkins at Apple Annie's in Wilcox, Arizona
Pumpkins at Apple Annie’s in Wilcox, Arizona.

And it means fall baking – apples, pumpkin and cinnamon galore.

Celebrating fall - harvest and sourdough bread and apple butter
Harvest bread and apple butter.
Celebrating the first day of Fall with chai tea and dirty chai muffins
Chai tea and homemade muffins.
Fall baking underway. Tucson, Arizona
Fall baking.

Fall also means nights under the stars in a warm jacuzzi, long evening walks with the dogs and maybe, just maybe, boots and sweaters (although we never put away our flip flops here in the Sonoran Desert).

Where ever you are on this glorious planet of ours, I hope you enjoy a glorious and bountiful Fall. And if you get the chance, come visit Tucson. It’s gorgeous this time of year.

Late Summer in Tucson, Arizona

Painted Lady butterfly
Painted Lady butterfly enjoying the lantana in our garden.

Its been a busy summer here in the desert southwest but things are winding down as we approach the fall equinox. Butterflies are everywhere these past couple of weeks as they migrate to their winter home. It’s a beautiful sight.

Had a couple of great egrets hanging around this summer too. The dogs didn’t know what to make of these gorgeous creatures who usually spend their time at the nearby Santa Cruz river.

White Great Egret
This graceful Great Egret decided to pay us a visit this summer.
White Great Egret
Great Egret showing off in the summer sun.

And even though it was outrageously hot in the Sonoran Desert I still got some baking done. What can I say? Bakers gonna bake. ­čśť

Cranberry pecan bread
Cranberry pecan bread.
Mushroom galette
Mushroom galette.
Mushroom galette
Warm mushroom galette with garlic and Parmesan in a flaky crust. Who cares that is was 110 degrees outside?
Peach Galette
Peach galette using local farm fresh peaches.
Glazed Apple hand pies
Glazed apple hand pies made with hand picked apples from Apple Annie’s in Wilcox, Arizona.
Sourdough bread
Sonoran sourdough bread hot and fresh out of the oven.
Bacon and cream cheese stuffed jalape├▒o poppers
Bacon and cream cheese stuffed jalape├▒o poppers because it’s finally football season again!

The September full corn moon was especially beautiful this year – bright reddish orange when rising and setting, and glowingly golden when it was high in the night sky.

September 2017 full corn moon.
The September full corn moon glowing behind the shadows of a palm tree. September 7, 2017. Tucson, Arizona.
September full corn moon
The September full corn moon riding high in the night sky. September 7, 2017. Tucson, Arizona.

As usual, summer sunsets provided intense and glorious color to the Tucson sky.

Sunset in Tucson
Pale purple and pink clouds amid the Saguaros in Tucson, Arizona.
Arizona monsoon sunset
Monsoon rain at sunset. Gates Pass, Tucson, Arizona.
Arizona sunset.
The summer sun sets behind a giant Saguaro cactus in Tucson, Arizona.

As for me, I’m thoroughly enjoying the last week of summer while at the same time ┬áhoping today is the last 100 degree day of the year. And so looking forward to the gloriousness that is autumn in the desert – gorgeous sunny days, cool nights and plenty of outdoor activities.

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Reading a good book, sipping chai tea and enjoying a late summer morning in my backyard.
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Goodbye summer, Hello fall.

 

August 2017 Full Sturgeon Moon (aka Full Corn Moon) in Aquarius.

As summer monsoon in Tucson begins to wind down, the August Full Sturgeon moon makes her appearance in Aquarius signaling a subtle but inevitable shift of season.

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Here is a close up of the 2017 August Full Sturgeon Moon (also known as the Full Corn Moon) taken August 8, 2017.┬áThe moon has completely shifted position – her “belly button” was facing to the right earlier in the year. Represents change and evolution.

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And a pull back shot of the August Full Sturgeon moon in all her glory at dawn as she was beginning to set. And the wheel has turned once again.

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