Desert Days – February 2020

February 11 to 15: My morning walks are like little retreats for me. A time just to be, not to think deep thoughts, not to work out problems, not to dwell on the meaning of life, just time to be aware of my surroundings: the light of sunrise, birds chirping, flowers becoming more abundant, the variety and texture of desert vegetation, the color and nature of rocks.

Palo verde at sunrise
Desert ambiance – a visit to the saguaro I call Grandmother

It is hard to not pick up pieces of quartz, some very white and often with crystals embedded, to take back to camp. More and more, I leave almost all of them in place, appreciating them, but not needed to keep them. I take lots of photos and a few of these will make it to posts and even fewer to my Higher Vibration Series.

The morning dance begins
The special moment of the rising of the sun
The beauty of gnarly old trees

Besides the morning saunter, my day is filled with meals (preparing, eating, cleaning up), blogs, editing for a couple of authors, sending texts with photos to family and friends, and playing bluegrass on viola with Clifford and my brother Rollie.

Clifford participates in ham nets daily, but also devotes hours to playing his dulcimer, learning new songs and making accompaniments.

Clifford playing his dulcimer

While much of the world is in turmoil over political differences and the spreading coronavirus, we are in a bit of a sanctuary of sorts, with the wind being our most troublesome issue.

Peace in the Arizona desert

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