Tucson Tuesday III ~ Forecast

Forecast for Tucson, AZ High /Low (°F)

Today
Mostly Sunny 103°/74°
Wed
Jun 25 Sunny 104°/75°
Thu
Jun 26 Sunny 105°/74°
Fri
Jun 27 Partly Cloudy 104°/73°
Sat
Jun 28 Sunny 104°/76°
Sun
Jun 29 Sunny 105°/76°
Mon
Jun 30 Sunny 106°/78°

Forecast

Tucson in June. Seek shade, cool and sweet, like this pocket in my front yard.

When desert heat
Permeates
Beats
Threatens to defeat

Seek shade
Quiet
Retreat
then
wait patiently
for rain

*Although it was not always the case, I love Tucson summers. The snowbirds and students leave us with much quieter roads and great summer rates at restaurants and resorts. Even more important, I’ve learned how to live here. I adore early mornings, sunrises, sunsets and cool nights. During the middle of the day, I retreat. I paint, I write, see movies, read books. It’s a lovely existence, really.

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Tucson Tuesday II ~ Cool Retreat

Tucson Tuesday II

Cool Retreat

In the desert
Tucked to the east
A park
Cool retreat

Agua Caliente Park

Agua Caliente Park

Agua Caliente Park, a registered national historic place,  is an oasis in the desert. Agua Caliente, literally meaning hot water, is a 101-acre park with a perennial warm spring. An artificial stream links three ponds within the park. The ponds are fed by the spring water and support diverse wildlife and fish populations.

Agua Caliente Park is located on the far east side of Tucson and has a long and interesting history. Human habitation dates back about 5,500 years, based on archeological digs that unearthed archaic projectile points. In 1150 A.D., a Hohokam village extended into a portion of Agua Caliente.  In 1873, a ranch and health resort was developed to promote the curative properties of the warm springs. The ranch bunkhouse, which dates back to the 1920s and is still used for classes and exhibits.

Flickr Friday II ~ Impressions

Impressions

Squint
or tremble

just a bit
and you will see as he
who saw beauty everywhere
and shared it

*I took this photo on a recent trip to Claude Monet’s water garden in Giverny, France. It’s a favorite because I moved my hand just a touch, creating an image similar in “strokes” to his famous water lily paintings. As his eyes failed, so too, did my steady hand. You can see more of my Giverny images here.

Yams

Yams

Yams. A Portrait in Pastels.

yams.
sweet
yams

from the garden
to the kitchen
she brought
simple roots
in trug

gently washed
and pared
them
~ prepared
them
with love

Red yarn
’round
her right wrist
intentions
of winged dove

She laid them,
warm,
on table.
smiled
from above

Nothing
Nourished
More

*Shared at The Imaginary Garden