Six x Six

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A wide-angle looking east. The Sandias are blocked by clouds.

They kitties and I got up at 6:30 this morning to find 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) of snow on the ground and no power. Since we have our own well, no power means no water. Fortunately, we have a gas stove and keep bottled water on hand, so I could make coffee. Power was restored around 10:45 am, so it had been off 6 hours or longer. We did have cell service, so I was able to call the power company to make sure they knew we were without power. Then the kitties and I went out at 7:00 am, played in the snow and took photos.

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Resa’s tree
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Electric meter.
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Echinacea cone heads
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View looking west along the neighbor’s fence.
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View looking north.
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Catio
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Looking west down our road before anyone had driven on it.

Desertscapes

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On the way to Payson, AZ

These are a series of desertscapes on our way home from Gila Bend, AZ. There is smoke hanging in the hills from controlled burns.

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North of Gila Bend, AZ

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North of Gila Bend, AZ
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The smoke and the early morning sun make the hills look like paper cutouts.

Globe to San Diego

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Giant tires, probably from mining trucks, used to stabilize the embamkment at the hotel in Globe, AZ.

We had a clear, warm day for our drive from Globe, AZ to San Diego, CA. Arizona has nice rest stops at interesting locations. California has most of their rest stops in the median between the traffic lanes on Interstate 8. They were not at very interesting locations. Therefore, I didn’t really get any good photos from rest stops in California, so the photos change from Arizona to San Diego Bay.

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Mining display across from a rest stop.

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Saguaro cactus and lots of blue sky.
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Saguaro down.
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¡Hola!

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A rugged range in the middle of nowhere.
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Lola in San Diego Bay.
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Downtown San Diego from the top of San Diego Bay.
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Moon behind three palms.

Urban Watershed

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If you haven’t brushed up on your geography lately, a watershed is an area where runoff collects into streams that drain into a river basin or particular body of water. In this example of an urban watershed, it occurs in a corner of the parking structure under the stairs. The urine runoff from the walls, and dark corner, collect into streams that drain into a big barf basin that is replenished by people who drink too much alcohol, or people having withdrawals, or people walking by who puke from the rancid smell of the urine streams. I’ve read that urban watersheds such as this have become much more common in urban landscapes across the country.