I grew up in the Southwest and have many photos to choose from. I narrowed it down to four. The first one shows me on my 7th birthday. It is taken in the front yard of our neighbor, Mr Murray. In his yard was a pottery statue of a man in a sombrero taking a siesta after a long day of working. It was there for as long as I can remember and Mr Murray died after I moved away. Incidentally, Mr Murray painted scenes of the southwest and after he died, his family sold some of his paintings and my mom bought a few and sent one to me. I have it hanging on my wall in a room that has a definite southwest theme.
The second photo was inspired by the word in the Sepia picture La Proveedora. I looked the word up and it is a place where there is an archaeologic site that has petroglyphs in Sonora, Mexico. One area I visited in the Dragoon mountains in the southeastern part of Arizona has pictographs. It is thought that the Mogollon Indians that lived there 1000 years ago created these pictures.
Finally, I can’t leave the southwest without sharing photos of the iconic Saguaro cactus. The first one is the typical single cactus photo that is usually depicted. These are slow growing and it can take up to 75 years for the first arm to appear. It is the state flower of Arizona and the fruit is harvested by using a pole. Several species of birds nest in it. As you can see, there is a bird in this photo. I think it is a Gila Woodpecker. Click on the image if you would like to see it close up.
The final photo is a landscape of Saguaro National Monument East. I rarely see landscape photos showing multiple Saguaros. Just looking at this photo triggers my senses. I can feel the warmth of the sun, hear the various bird and insects, and smell the aromatic creosote bush. It really is a breathtaking place to visit.
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