Today’s drive

by Jennifer on February 21, 2008

It was one of those world-on-my-shoulders mornings, which is usually a sign that I should get out of my house and see the world. It always gives me perspective. Besides, it was Thursday, so I’m sort of bound by my blog title to get on the road, right?

My camera doesn’t take the best photos, and neither do I, but these will do. I don’t have mad PhotoShop skills, either, or I could make up for those things.

This first photo is taken from the side of the road, on the way to Saguaro Lake.

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This next photo was taken alongside the same road. I love this time of year, when the winter rains have made everything so green and lush–two words I hardly ever get to use here. This looks nothing like the dry, brown desert it will become in just a few months.

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In the distance, you can just make out Four Peaks, or part of it. It looks more like Two Peaks, with those low, hungry clouds hiding the rest.

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This is a road I want to explore, but my Altima doesn’t. Note to self: get a car that’s not such a sissy.

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I wish I could give you a better sense of the sweep and depth of this valley. When you come around this curve, the whole valley stretches out, and it’s breathtaking. One of my favorite parts of my drive.

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I took this while I was driving over 80 mph. Again, my camera and my skills can’t quite capture how gorgeous this was. The play of light was beautiful–laying shadows over some mountains, while lifting them from others.

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It was a great drive, as always. No cowboys this time, but with scenery like this, a girl hardly misses them. Really, I swear.

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marlee February 21, 2008 at 10:32 pm

OMG, I love these photos. I’m up to my arse in snow and ice and seeing cacti makes me want to CRY right now.. *sigh*…

I also love to just get in the car and drive. Love, love, LOVE it. 🙂

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Slow Panic February 21, 2008 at 10:43 pm

It’s beautiful. Even without the cowboys. No. Really.

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ByJane February 21, 2008 at 11:20 pm

I love these. I know it’s not Wyoming, but you’ve sure got some big sky…

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liv February 22, 2008 at 1:18 am

beautimous! so lovely to see your world.

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Brenda February 22, 2008 at 2:09 am

Winter rains? In the desert? Why doesn’t MY desert have winter rains? Who knew it could be so green and lush. It is NEVER that color of green here.

About three summers ago we had more-than-usual rain. I thought it was so green. Really, it WAS! Then I went to Orlando. It was July. It was shocking. Our green is really more sage.

Amazing. Lucky you to have a drive like that, and I hope it lifted a little of the weight off your shoulders.

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HRH February 22, 2008 at 2:58 am

They are beautiful…I love the second one.

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Jen February 22, 2008 at 3:07 am

I’m so behind on your posts….must get caught up. I’m adding you to my blogroll so I can keep up easier (if you don’t mind).

Those pictures are beautiful.

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Angela February 22, 2008 at 3:34 am

Wow. That’s all. Oh? And I am so jealous.

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Kellan February 22, 2008 at 5:10 am

I think you take some pretty darn good pictures – those were beautiful. You live in a magical place – really pretty! I’m glad you had a nice drive! Have a good Friday – see you later. Kellan

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Tootsie Farklepants February 22, 2008 at 6:29 am

How in the frick do you take pictures while driving? I can barely manage in a stationary position.

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flutter February 22, 2008 at 6:44 am

love this state, really.

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furiousball February 22, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Beautiful! great skies.

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Meg February 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Gosh, those are amazing! You DO take beautiful pictures! You are a very lucky girl to live in such an beautiful place!

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JCK February 23, 2008 at 3:51 am

We are somewhat of a desert here in Southern California, too. It is always so dramatic to see those lush, vivid greens sprout up so quickly after the rain.

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Landon February 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm

I know that drive well. One of my favorite views is on the way back, when you turn onto the Bush highway. Just after the lake, when you get to the top of the hill, the cliffs appear, all ragged and noble. Do you know the view I’m talking about?

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Landon February 23, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Oh! You do know what I’m talking about. I just looked through your “how things look” and there it was. I knew you’d get it!

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