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Great day at the lookout!

Great day today on the mountain in Southern Arizona. We got the water hooked up to the lookout, and the water heater running. My boss and I hiked around in some pretty steep terrain (at 9000 feet) following the water line from the tank to the lookout and then back up. Then he and I drove over to the ranger station for a company cookout at lunch. I got to meet some great USFS people: from young firefighters to long-time volunteers in their 80s. A prevention tech drove me on the grand tour of the area, especially the dispersed camping sites (which were already filling up for Easter weekend). Some of the roughest roads I have ever seen! We toured Summerhaven, and I bought some tomatoes at the General Store. The prevention tech then drove me up to the observatory gate and I hiked back in to the lookout. I went back into service and immediately spotted a large smoke in Tucson, which was a mobile home fire. Big day; exhausted; legs of rubber!

Then there was the eclipse from 9000 feet on Monday night. What a perch! What a view!





All in a black, an ink black sky,
Not like the Sun at noon,
Right over Lemmon Rock did stand,
'Twas the bloody Moon.

Apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Too good not to share: from my 2014 fire lookout gig (cross-post from GD)

Tonight is my first night sleeping in the lookout. What an incredible view!

I've been staffing the lookout during the day and sleeping at the ranger station. Now, I will spend most nights here, except for off-days. But the apartment at the ranger station is mine all summer.

We have a couple of fires going: one down near the Mexico border (Nogales) and the other, the "Brown Fire" (ALL fires are named here, and I get to name the fires I spot) is in Gardner Canyon. I have to stick pretty much to naming fires for geographical or topographical features.



Here is an incredible photo (IMO) from yesterday evening of the nesting hummingbird at the ranger station.



Lagniappe: photo from my lookout of today's aerial demonstration by the USAF Thunderbirds over Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ. Hey Trof, you and I can do this with our eyes closed!


Too good not to share: from my 2014 fire lookout gig

Tonight is my first night sleeping in the lookout. What an incredible view!

I've been staffing the lookout during the day and sleeping at the ranger station. Now, I will spend most nights here, except for off-days. But the apartment at the ranger station is mine all summer.

We have a couple of fires going: one down near the Mexico border (Nogales) and the other, the "Brown Fire" (ALL fires are named here, and I get to name the fires I spot) is in Gardner Canyon. I have to stick pretty much to naming fires for geographical or topographical features.



Here is an incredible photo (IMO) from yesterday evening of the nesting hummingbird at the ranger station.



Lagniappe: photo from my lookout of today's aerial demonstration by the USAF Thunderbirds over Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ. Hey Trof, you and I can do this with our eyes closed!



New digs for the 2014 fire season (cross post from GD)

Southern Arizona @ 9000 feet. Oldest continuously staffed lookout in US (since 1928). On the National Register of Historic Places. Located in designated wilderness area.

I'll be posting most of my photos in the Photography Group. From time to time I'll post alerts here if I put something really good in Photography.





New digs for the 2014 fire season

Southern Arizona @ 9000 feet. Oldest continuously staffed lookout in US (since 1928). On the National Register of Historic Places. Located in designated wilderness area.

I'll be posting most of my photos in the Photography Group. From time to time I'll post alerts here if I put something really good in Photography.





"Sunday Morning Town Square"



Memphis, Texas
Where brick is cheap
May 2012

Sonoran Scenes





"Sonoran Sunset"
Saguaro National Park (West) near Tucson, AZ
May 2013



"Invert"
Saguaro National Park (East) near Tucson, AZ
May 2013
(Color negative converted to B&W)



I'll be leaving SC in two weeks for almost 6 months in the Coronado National Forest - Pusch Ridge Wilderness - working a fire lookout on Lemmon Mountain. I will be able to see both the Saguaro NP East & West from my near-9000 foot perch. I'm looking forward to a lot of night and lightning photography this fire season. This red circle on this photo is the approximate location I'll spend this fire season. This photo was taken from the Saguaro NP East.

Ocmulgee Dawn


Ocmulgee River at Lloyd Shoals
Central Georgia

"Bleak House" - Potential entry into Southern-themed juried show.


"Bleak House"

Too strong? Politically incorrect? Over the top? I'm thinking that it portrays a mindset that keeps parts of the rural South in abject poverty. This photo was taken in upstate South Carolina (serious Tea Party country).

Will Pitt makes BartCop today!



http://www.bartcop.com/
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