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 done with triple digit temperatures and this is the time of year when our town really comes alive.
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.
It’s time for apple and pumpkin picking at Apple Annie’s and getting lost in the corn maze.
And it means fall baking – apples, pumpkin and cinnamon galore.
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.
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.
And even though it was outrageously hot in the Sonoran Desert I still got some baking done. What can I say? Bakers gonna bake. 😜
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.
As usual, summer sunsets provided intense and glorious color to the Tucson sky.
As for me, I’m thoroughly enjoying the last week of summer while at the same time hoping 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.
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.
Here is a close up of the 2017 August Full Sturgeon Moon (also known as the Full Corn Moon) taken August 8, 2017. The moon has completely shifted position – her “belly button” was facing to the right earlier in the year. Represents change and evolution.
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.
After five weeks of demolition and construction we are finally done with our backyard remodel and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.
This backyard shouts “party over here!” It’s a perfect place to entertain during our beautiful desert nights – and just in time for the summer solstice.
We kept the furniture simple and comfy and used colorful Talavera accent pieces and pottery to decorate with. Our style is a bit ecclectic – Buddah and Buddhist prayer flags share space with St. Francis and pagan gods and goddesses.
The dogs are certainly enjoying their new surroundings too.
And when the sun starts to set, its adds a whole new vibe to the place.
Here is a before and after shot. We enjoyed many years in our “before” backyard and are looking forward to many more in our “after”.
June full strawberry moon in Sagittarius. June 8, 2017. Tucson, Arizona. Six different wild fires currently burning in SoAZ are creating a hazy, dreamy film for the last rays of sunlight to catch on this full moon night. While beautiful, it can also be deadly. Sending prayers for rain and favorable winds to assist the firefighters fighting the fires and the families who live in their paths. Stay safe.
And, as we approach the summer solstice in Tucson, hoping for an above-average rainy and life-giving Monsoon.