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Dispatches from Arizona, January Sunset

 

I keep the camera close to the patio, and the battery charged. You never know what you’ll see. All the background noise fades away in the Sonoran Desert. Sitting in front of the computer working on the second part of an essay, I noticed that the light was changing in the den. I stepped out onto the patio and then went back into the house for the camera.

Arizona is a state of mind, and the desert shapes you, whether you drive through the big nowhere, or see the sky on fire from your patio. I haven’t seen the bobcats for awhile, but they’ll come back.

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There are 14 comments.

  1. Thatcher

    Nice.

    • #1
    • January 10, 2019 at 5:41 pm
    • 5 likes
  2. Contributor

    Just gorgeous. A beautiful end to my evening. Must be heaven sent. ;-) Thanks, Doug.

    • #2
    • January 10, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    • 7 likes
  3. Member

    Hmmn, any good volcanoes lately? That’s colorful.

    • #3
    • January 10, 2019 at 6:28 pm
    • 4 likes
  4. Thatcher

    Doug,

    When did we become so jaded that we take nature for granted? Maybe it has something to do with not seeing Gd’s hand in all things. We see things so magnificent that they demand our emotions. Yet, Bill Nye the science guy, spews some banal fact that he doesn’t really understand himself and we are supposed to nod in pseudo-pius agreement. Wasn’t it better when people weren’t ashamed to really feel deeply about the world they live in and express it?

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #4
    • January 10, 2019 at 6:38 pm
    • 6 likes
  5. Member

    Wow Doug! That is stunning – so so beautiful! Thank you for capturing it for us! From the angels’ paintbrushes to your camera! Not to deter from the moment but…I want to ask you something else – what is going on in Phoenix? From the RSOE site:

    “After months of explosions, the Phoenix Police Department has finally gone on the record about a series of incidents that have put those living in northern Phoenix on edge. The department has received more than 200 calls since late October when the explosions started. The incidents have been so frequent that nearly everyone in the area has been a witness at some point. “I’ve heard probably like three or four,” said one witness. “I was gonna say about five,” said another. “The windows on some of the offices were shaking,” said a third person, who heard one from inside his work. “Patrol officers are on heightened alert, our investigators are working really hard,” said Sgt Armando Carbajal. Despite all of the calls, no officers had witnessed one of the explosions. That changed on Sunday. “A couple of our police officers on patrol in the area of 35th Avenue and Beardsley, they actually saw a bright flash followed by a loud noise,” said Sgt. Carbajal. In fact, a vehicle similar to the one investigators have been looking for was spotted in the area shortly afterword. “They contacted the driver of the vehicle a short time later, the driver denied any involvement, the investigation is ongoing,” said Carbajal. Police have recovered suspicious materials at multiple scenes but have yet to land any DNA or fingerprints. “We’re still not quite sure who’s doing this, what type of material they’re using and what the impact could be,” said Carbajal. And while investigators don’t have the answers the community may want quite yet, they want to be clear: your concerns are not being ignored. “We want them to know the Phoenix police department is diligently working to figure out what’s going on and if there is a crime that’s occurring and a suspect connect to it, we’re going to bring them to justice,” said Sgt. Carbajal.”

    It’s listed on a worldwide site out of Europe as a “non-catagorized event”. 

    • #5
    • January 11, 2019 at 3:53 pm
    • 2 likes
  6. Member

    Doug Watt: Arizona is a state of mind

    I thought Arizona was the meth lab of democracy. 

    Great pics. 

    • #6
    • January 11, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    • 7 likes
  7. Member

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: Arizona is a state of mind

    I thought Arizona was the meth lab of democracy.

    Great pics.

    Haven’t seen you for awhile in these parts Dr?

    • #7
    • January 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm
    • 1 like
  8. Member
    Doug Watt Post author

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Wow Doug! That is stunning – so so beautiful! Thank you for capturing it for us! From the angels’ paintbrushes to your camera! Not to deter from the moment but…I want to ask you something else – what is going on in Phoenix? From the RSOE site:

    “After months of explosions, the Phoenix Police Department has finally gone on the record about a series of incidents that have put those living in northern Phoenix on edge. The department has received more than 200 calls since late October when the explosions started. The incidents have been so frequent that nearly everyone in the area has been a witness at some point. “I’ve heard probably like three or four,” said one witness. “I was gonna say about five,” said another. “The windows on some of the offices were shaking,” said a third person, who heard one from inside his work. “Patrol officers are on heightened alert, our investigators are working really hard,” said Sgt Armando Carbajal. Despite all of the calls, no officers had witnessed one of the explosions. That changed on Sunday. “A couple of our police officers on patrol in the area of 35th Avenue and Beardsley, they actually saw a bright flash followed by a loud noise,” said Sgt. Carbajal. In fact, a vehicle similar to the one investigators have been looking for was spotted in the area shortly afterword. “They contacted the driver of the vehicle a short time later, the driver denied any involvement, the investigation is ongoing,” said Carbajal. Police have recovered suspicious materials at multiple scenes but have yet to land any DNA or fingerprints. “We’re still not quite sure who’s doing this, what type of material they’re using and what the impact could be,” said Carbajal. And while investigators don’t have the answers the community may want quite yet, they want to be clear: your concerns are not being ignored. “We want them to know the Phoenix police department is diligently working to figure out what’s going on and if there is a crime that’s occurring and a suspect connect to it, we’re going to bring them to justice,” said Sgt. Carbajal.”

    It’s listed on a worldwide site out of Europe as a “non-catagorized event”.

    I haven’t been following this story. My assumption would be that any evidence they have collected will also be examined by the BATF.

    Although the driver of the vehicle they stopped was released that person’s info will be kept as part of the investigation. I suspect that they are keeping this investigation as confidential as they can. They may know more than they are willing to release publicly.

    • #8
    • January 11, 2019 at 4:16 pm
    • 2 likes
  9. Member

    Fort Huachuca had very nice sunsets. I still remember them after almost 50 years.

    • #9
    • January 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    • 2 likes
  10. Member
    Doug Watt Post author

    drlorentz (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: Arizona is a state of mind

    I thought Arizona was the meth lab of democracy.

    Great pics.

    For those of you interested in the camera that I use it is a Nikon D3300. It is a 24.2 megapixel camera. I use 2 lenses, both Nikon that have vibration reduction capability. It also offers 1080 HD video capability. It is a true SLR camera, and the viewfinder allows me to adjust the focus to compensate for the fact that I need reading glasses, so I can take photos without having to wear my reading glasses.

    The cost was affordable, about $500 for the entire package, including Nikon camera bag, and the proper cables for video, and it’s WiFi capable.

    • #10
    • January 11, 2019 at 4:27 pm
    • 2 likes
  11. Member

    Walleye fishing on Lake Erie, last fall with an iPhone. Now in January the desert sounds better.

    • #11
    • January 11, 2019 at 7:55 pm
    • 4 likes
  12. Coolidge

    Gorgeous! Thank you for ending the day on such a beautiful note. Please keep taking pictures!

    • #12
    • January 11, 2019 at 10:26 pm
    • 2 likes
  13. Coolidge
    TBA

    AZ has the best sunsets, to the point that some states are considering doing away with dusk altogether. 

    • #13
    • January 12, 2019 at 2:50 am
    • 3 likes
  14. Member

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Doug,

    When did we become so jaded that we take nature for granted? Maybe it has something to do with not seeing Gd’s hand in all things. We see things so magnificent that they demand our emotions. Yet, Bill Nye the science guy, spews some banal fact that he doesn’t really understand himself and we are supposed to nod in pseudo-pius agreement. Wasn’t it better when people weren’t ashamed to really feel deeply about the world they live in and express it?

    Regards,

    Jim

    Beautiful graphics set to one of my favorite pieces. Thank you!

    • #14
    • January 13, 2019 at 8:19 pm
    • 2 likes