June 29, 2022 With the best and earliest start to the monsoon season underway—3.8 inches of rain—the well is pumping, the tanks are full, and the creeks burble and gush with wild abandon. Already, the tawny dead landscape leans toward living green. I feel the long exhale shifting…
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June 21, 2022, Summer Solstice This morning I suffered a bout of rarebirditis. An infection probably caused by my recent sighting of the orange-billed…
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June 19, 2022 This week’s lesson in mindfulness: It’s essential to be in the moment during the long periods of ordinary if you want to see the rare…
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June 15, 2022 5:30 am. A cool 60 degrees F. this morning but the heat is on with the blazing sunrise. Typical June. Hot, dry, and stupefying. I’ve just…
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June 11, 2022 Last Thursday evening the eastern sky roiled with clouds of burnt umber sutured together with dendrites of lightning. The air smelled of…
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June 5, 2022 A day of absences. One year ago today, my best friend left this world. Walker Thomas. Caveman, writer, teacher, social hermit, my hiking…
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June 1, 2022 The month of May brought the Big Yard 81 species of birds, a bit of a dip from April as expected as the migration wanes, but a surprising…
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May 27, 2022 I’m still thinking about cowbirds and adoption. I spent the past week in Mountainaire near Flagstaff with the kids and grandkids…
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