sculptureThe local two year college has a wonderful garden, quite large, with walking paths.  It is a peaceful place full of shading trees and sculptures.  We took a stroll on a warm summer day, sometimes stopping just to be here and enjoy. No one else around which strikes me as unfortunate as it is so lovely and with so much effort and creativity embodied here.  Towards one corner we left the garden and walked behind the maintenance area and came upon an unexpected delight.  In the dusty lot there was a small arrangement of metal sculptures with a plaque attributing the art to someone.  The surprise of it made me stop, and be, for a few moments.

warm summer day
delicate metal sculptures
reach for the sky

Arizona Monsoon

damselfly on rockThe summer monsoon continues here in Arizona.  The word creates a dissonance just as it brings much needed rain.  I have always associated monsoons with far away, exotic places, India and Southeast Asia, weather patterns to learn before embarking on a journey.  The word elicits a memory of a magazine photo of men wading hip deep through murky water on a street in India.  Better avoid that.  But on the television news last night I saw a similar scene, flash flooding in the usually dry washes in Phoenix, with a car almost completely submerged and rescue workers helping people to safety.  Apparently this is a monsoon by all definitions, regularly occurring at this time of year due to yearly changes in weather patterns.  The local lake is receiving life giving water and I took a short walk to take a look.

visiting the lake
after a summer storm
damselfly poses

Tiny Garden: Fresno Chilies

fresno chileAfter sunset and a brief thunderstorm I went to check on the tiny garden.  We have a couple of pots of Fresno chiles.  I have never tasted one but research says it is hotter than the Serranos.  We shall see.  The ones I see in the supermarket are red so we are waiting for more maturation here.  I am encouraged by the blush of red on this one.

brief thunderstorm
nurturing the garden
peppers sweat

Tiny Garden: Serrano Chilies

IMG_7152There is not much room  in several dimensions for gardening at this house.  Digging down less than a foot, hard rock is encountered.  However the satisfaction from watching something edible grow overcomes many obstacles.  Serrano and Fresno chilies seem happy in medium sized pots.  So far, so good.  Thinking about raised beds next year.

summer lingers
waiting for harvest
chilies gather heat

Looking at Raven

raven in treeOn a breezy spring day I walk into a riparian area.  I don’t expect anything but on the other hand I know surprises can appear at any time.  This is the beauty of this walk.  Not expecting, just being here, and experiencing wonder at whatever appears.  Walking through the corridor of trees flows like consciousness. My tunnel of experience stretches out into the immediate surroundings and it is like I am in a bubble, just what is here, with no thought to what lies outside.  A raven cries and looks down as I look up.  There we are.  That is all there is at the moment.

on a clear spring day
a raven appears and cries
and I look up