19. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Places · Tags: , , , ,

In the morning light I almost stepped on the Gila Monster climbing the rock narrows I was descending. A timely hiss saved us both from a close confrontation, and my sitting quietly nearby while I took some photos calmed us both. Further along, spotted a frog the size of a thumb-end and gawked at a spider having some breakfast, then squished through mud into the remodeled Agua Verde River bed, featuring actual flowing water.

The rains arise in the afternoons under towering clouds, mountain ranges disappear from view behind curtains of rain that seems to dawdle in the air as it falls. Everywhere the water flows is reshaped and sorted. Large heavy objects are moved thousands of feet downstream or into treetops. Mud layers appear in new places as do rocks. Trees find new clumps of debris hugging them in the morning; branches, roots, household items, fencing, signs, metal carts, old metal drums.

A hidden set of life forms emerges (tiny frogs) and the usual suspects are more active.The barrels flower, the prickly pear fruits swell, drop, and get eaten. At night the widespread sonorous frog sound is surreal in the desert air. Where did they come from, and where do they go when it is dry? Magic. Now you see it, now you don’t.

12. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Places · Tags:
Reaching Caterpillar ©Carl Krall
25. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Places · Tags: ,
24. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Places · Tags: , , , ,

Out in the humid air before sunset, I work my way down a little wash and stop to examine some arrestingly-scented flowers that I haven’t noticed before. A few steps down the wash I spot a snoozing coil-shaped anomaly in the sand. After a brief and quiet detour I move on another 9 miles or so, encountering javelina inspecting an old drum, a root fitting in, and a pollen-festooned beetle in a windblown Rock Hibiscus.

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