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Photos from the Wilderness of Rocks/Pusch Ridge Wilderness

Rough week. I am totally exhausted tonight. Headed into Tucson early Tuesday AM for a shower (god, I hate Monkey-Butt) or two, and some decent chow. Then, maybe, another shower!

The photo ops are now coming. Got some drift smoke from the upstate Arizona fires. But I had to get up at 4AM today to get the moonrise-sunrise photos.

Here you go. Enjoy!


"Moonrise in Drift Smoke"
May 26, 2014


"Helios"


"Sun's View Sneaking over Rattlesnake Peak to Surprise Sleeping Tucson"


"Baboquivery Peak - Dusk - Distance"

Why I am here .. in the wilderness .. to capture this .. for you

"Be Still My Heart"



Perhaps, the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. No camera on earth could do it justice. The color was a 360-degree phantasmagoria of color and hue. I shot this (and about 100 more frames) with a Canon 5D MK3 with a 14mm f2.8 lens. I had to bump the ISO up to 500 to get out on the rock and do hand-held. This was at about 7:25 PM local time in south Arizona. I had Natasha Paremski playing Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini" playing during this whole incredible sunset.

I also had some good sunrise shots today, but I will not attenuate the effect of the sunset shot with those. I'll post some more tomorrow.

My gift to DU tonight - Arizona Fire Lookout Pics


"Alpenglow Lookout"


"Burned Bones"


"Kitt Peak"


"I'll Leave a Light on for You"


Youth is wasted on the young, Candid Camera version (photos from the Wilderness of Rocks - AZ)

Seven young women and men (4 female, 3 male) climbed a rock pinnacle near my fire lookout this afternoon. They basked in the sun and had some fun. Then, to my dismay, one of the guys started ass-clowning for his chums. NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR STUNTS, DUDE!



(ABOVE) Look closely and you can see the group on top of this pinnacle.


(ABOVE) Dude shows his ass for his friends.

Well, they got down and back to the Lemmon Rock #5 trail safely. I was worried about having to call out Search & Rescue. Oh, the things I see from my fire lookout perch! Or, rather, the things my Canon 5D-MKII sees, with a 70-200mm zoom and 1.4X extender!!

Some photos from the Wilderness of Rocks blizzard on 4/26






(notice the stone steps up to Lemmon Rock Lookout on the left)

Easter Sunday at the Lookout (cross post from GD)


Moonlight and Tucson lights: 3AM


Easter Sunrise Service @ the Lookout


Early Morning Alidade


The Big Picture


The High and the Mighty

Sunday at the lookout (PHOTOS)


Moonlight and Tucson lights: 3AM


Easter Sunrise Service @ the Lookout


Early Morning Alidade


The Big Picture


The High and the Mighty

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!



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