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Winter Call of Sonoran Desert

Winter Call of Sonoran Desert

Winter Call of Sonoran Desert

Native to the Sonoran Desert, but now living in the Arizona highlands pinyon-juniper habitat of Sedona, in winter I yearn for these sere landscapes.

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Sonoran Desert in winter.

Desert’s hard edge of the summer sun and heat soften in winter. Sparse gravelly ground becomes a pallet of dramatic long shadow etchings. My sense of smell is stimulated by the sharp, clean smell of desert gravelly soil and aromatic plants who release their oils in the winter moisture.  The throaty long calls of the cactus wren and soothing contented cuckling murmurs of the quail take me deeper into a reverie with the rhythm of the desert.

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How I love the Gambel quail (this one is a male), a familiar friend in the Sedona area too.

Paradoxically these prickly, spikey sere plantscapes are dense with the life-filled presence of wintering birds. As I slow down and focus on details of the surprising variety of plant life, the abundance of life in this harsh aridity comes into stark relief. I hone my appreciation.

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Desert garden in winter flowering by Sandra Cosentino

For a few timeless moments, there is no time. I am simply here now in communion with life expressed as Desert. And emotions which had been percolating beneath the surface, unrecognized, flowed and find release here is the sharp relief of the winter desert.

An inner peace walks with me as I meander out of the garden.

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Palo Verdes not yet in leaf make shapely shadow patterns in this tranquil desert setting by Sandra Cosentino.

The Desert Botanical Garden next to Papago Peaks in Phoenix is particularly enjoyable in the fall – spring season.  From here, it is 2 hours drive to Sedona to enjoy the open canyon vistas, nature walks and hikes.

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First published 2013, updated Jan. 14, 2017