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Friday, August 19, 2005

Sedona Sunshine...and a bit of thunder

My wife and I are currently having a bit of work/fun near Sedona, Arizona. I really love this area, for a variety of reasons, but one major reason is its stark, rugged, natural beauty. The striking red rocks against a dark blue sky filled with puffy white clouds just does something to me.

After a trip into "the city" of Sedona this morning, I returned for a quick dip in the pool. It is about 90 degrees here today, so it was a welcome relief. As I floated about I watched as this very large wasp (or more likely, several)returned again and again to the pool. I have seen wasps gathering water before, but it seemed to me that they usually hovered over the water and only lightly touched surface. These wasps would land completely on the water and even float there for 15-30 seconds each time.

Finally, I climbed out of the pool. The cloud I had been watching build over the last minutes or so started dropping rain to the southeast of us and sent peals of thunder rolling over the valley.


Blogger Sylvana said...

I went there nearly two years ago. Word of advice- watch out for the deer and the cactus. They have some sort of evil pact to get you when you least expect it!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Douglas said...

I haven't seen any deer yet this trip, although ur friend has a skunk that is practically tame and sits outside her guest house waiting for the cats to leave so it can clean up the leftovers. Otherwise, lots of birds, but I haven't run into any larger wildlife.

I have a healthy respect for cactus and scorpions, which are around this house in abundance, so no major issues there, either.

6:37 PM  

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