In the Moon of Strawberries
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In the Moon of Strawberries

What is interesting about double rainbows, like this one I caught over Sedona, Arizona, is that the second rainbow is reversed. It¬†starts¬†with red and progresses to violet on the other side. The second is also softer in hue, and very rare. They just don’t occur frequently. The second rainbow reminds me of quiet people, those…

Cover reveal: Silence in West Fork
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Cover reveal: Silence in West Fork

West Fork is one of my favorite places in the whole world. A tributary of Oak Creek Canyon in the Verde Valley of Arizona, this clear stream runs through ponderosa pine and fir trees. Ferns and yellow columbines carpet the ground, and golden eagles nest in its boundary red cliffs. And, for the inveterate mystery…

Keep your eye on the sky
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Keep your eye on the sky

I had just come out of the grocery store. My mind was filled with eggs and celery and pork cutlets. Then I turned around and saw this. I was transfixed, and so was everyone else in the parking lot. We stopped and stared. And then turned and nodded to each other, aware that what had…

Everything vanishes if you wait long enough
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Everything vanishes if you wait long enough

One of the most famous rock formations near Sedona, Arizona is called Coffee Pot Rock. It is shaped like one of those old-fashioned campfire coffee pots that the cowboy cooks always used to keep at the ready, of course. What could be more fitting for this Western town. I took this picture from an urban…

Look behind you
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Look behind you

It was a cold, sunlit morning in November when I took this photograph of the crystal water at Red Rock Crossing. Behind me were the magnificent totems of Cathedral Rock, but I chose to look down, instead. The soft sandstone had been worn smooth by the creek that ebbs and flows according to the season,…

Dancing in the sunlight
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Dancing in the sunlight

Desert wildflowers are an exercise in impossibility and stubbornness. They chose where they will grow, often in a mere handful of dirt deposited among the rocks by the spring rains. And yet attempt to plant and grow these red penstemons, or beardtongues, in your own garden and they often will refuse to sprout, year after…

The tracks we leave in the sand
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The tracks we leave in the sand

One of the amazing attributes of the dry washes in Red Rock country is that they are used as major thoroughfares when water isn’t flooding down them. Rabbits, coyotes, deer, even a mountain lion or two, travel at night through what becomes a hikers’ highway in the sunlight! There are so many worlds that we…

Setting for PERIL IN SILVER NIGHTSHADE
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Setting for PERIL IN SILVER NIGHTSHADE

One of the fun things about setting a fictional novel in a real locale is that I get to describe favorite places of mine. The setting for PERIL IN SILVER NIGHTSHADE, Red Rock State Park, has to rank right up there. This park was purchased for a state park about 25 years ago from the…

Wanting to fly away
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Wanting to fly away

Bird flight is a miraculous event. I once had the privilege of watching two golden eagles in mating flight over the Red Rocks of Sedona. They swooped and swirled, and at the very last moment the female turned on her back in mid-flight and they joined, the male carrying both of them with his strong…

Early morning walk in Sedona
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Early morning walk in Sedona

I started the walk before dawn, collecting clouds as I went. Wispy ones darted in and out of the red rock formations; others nestled in puddles after midnight rains. The pine needles had felted into heavy mats that softened the ground beneath my feet. They created soft nests for windfalls of storm-blown pine cones. The…