A Desert Tortoise
This is our fifth winter here in Arizona, and we have never seen a desert tortoise. We did find bits and pieces of a shell earlier this year, but that’s the closest we have come. Until our Sunday afternoon stroll through the desert.
We were walking along and Torrey went over to look at something. I called her and she was hesitant to come to me, which is kinda unusual. We could see she was looking at something, but couldn’t tell right away what it was. So we walked toward her, and were shocked to find a tortoise. We never would have found it if not for Torrey, so yeah for her! I snapped the photo above with my cell phone, because of course that’s all I had. I also used this photo for the Dogwood 52 prompt of Storytelling-Perspective. The tortoise’ perspective was pretty low to the ground.
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This has been a really tough week
Last Monday we left Tucson feeling pretty dejected, and drove straight to our spot outside Quartzsite. Feeling the need to regroup, and just chill out, this was the logical place for us to come. Our plan was to hang out for a few days, then head back to Phoenix on Friday to set up another art show. But the universe had other plans.
Wednesday morning I went out with my camera to see what I could find, Al said he would probably catch up to me. I got back and he was out walking, without his phone. A couple hours later, I’m getting worried and finally saw him in the desert out my back window. I ran over to him, to find him with stroke like symptoms. I got him back to the RV, got him relaxed, and the symptoms subsided. We were thinking TIA, which is a mini stroke with no lasting effects. Since we don’t have insurance, we decided to wait and see how he felt. The next morning he still felt “off” and his chest was heavy. So we drove the 80 miles to Lake Havasu hospital ER. Long story short, they did a bunch of tests, kept him over night, and concluded that it was a severe panic attack that resulted in the TIA symptoms. Thankfully everything came back negative, so we know that there isn’t a real stroke lurking in his brain somewhere. The dogs and I stayed in a hotel in Havasu, and they were both so worried that something was obviously not right. Torrey about jumped out of her skin when we picked Al up at the hospital she was so excited to see him, and Roxy had to sit with him the whole ride home.
So now we are just relaxing in the quite of the desert, making sure that Al feels better, then we will make plans. In the mean time, the desert is going crazy with flowers from all the rain we have had. I have never seen this many flowers in this area.
Golden Suncup with raindrops.
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Artsy Fartsy Craziness
Seems like we just can’t escape weird weather this year.
Friday as we were setting up the show, a microburst came through. We had just got the tent put together, and the weights on, when we noticed an art show tent about 100 feet in the air. My brain was like, “Hey…look at that craziness, that tent looks like a kite.” Then the wind hit us. We have a heavy, professional tent and had about 200 pounds on the legs but we were still going to go over. We each took a corner, stood on the bars at the bottom of the tent, and tried to keep it in one place. Meanwhile, another tent across from us took off. Suddenly there was a tent, a 40 pound weight, and a pro panel wall headed straight for me. I had nowhere to go. Thankfully Silver, the big ass truck, was parked in front of our tent. She took the attack from the tent full on, saving me. She got some dings, and scratches that will need fixing, but nothing too serious. It was all over in 5 minutes. Some people lost tents, and couldn’t stay for the show. All of our art was still packed away, so nothing was damaged. To say I was shook up, would be an understatement.
We finished the set up, and had fine weather the rest of the weekend. It’s all an adventure this art show world.
And now, this weeks photo challenges. The 2LilOwls prompt this week was Movement. I shot this image last weekend. There were some Native American dancers at that art show, and I knew that would be perfect for movement.
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