Spring's coming in the desert. You can smell it at dawn. Birds are starting to nest, and the males are calling up a racket. It's a wonderful time to live here.
Tucson Estates II is a gated community of 600 or so homes nestled on the west flank of the Tucson Mountains. The noise and bustle of the city are on the other side of the Tucson Mountains.
At sunset, we look down over the Avra Valley toward that mountain range you see in the photo above. The distinctive "shark tooth" in the left third of the photo is Baboquivari, on the Tohono O'odham reservation. From my camera's vantage point, it's 75 miles west.
That's a ways off, but the optics (Leica) are pretty good on this inexpensive Panasonic Lumix camera. The lower the sun, the deeper the colors of this evening sky. I backed the 10X telephoto lens down to capture the saguaro silhouetted against the sun's last rays.
By this time, the street was filling with neighbors, drawn out of their homes by the spectacular sunset. The mood was quiet. Hushed. Our little community was a cathedral, and our sky its stained glass window.
Colors intensified, then faded to purple just before the stars made their appearance.
I think it's the purple that discombobulates folks from the more northerly climes. It doesn't seem possible that nature has such a pallette, does it? It does here!
That's the desert floor in the foreground. Minutes after this photo was taken, the mountain range was an inky black sillouhette against a less black sky, and one by one, the stars came out. If I ever wanted an expensive camera, it would be to take photos of the night sky.
There are more than half a dozen lovely homes for sale in our community, from the low $200s to $500,000. Don't you want to come join us? Look up a REALTOR here on Active Rain. Tell 'em Mike in Tucson sent you.
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