Our monsoon season, which Arizonans long for as it brings cooling rain, also can bring danger. Frequently, even if there is no rain, it can produce lightning. And in the dry climate of my state that can start fires.
I spotted the smoke from this one on the other side of the Bradshaw Mountains from us yesterday evening.
It has been named the Cellar Fire and it began Sunday from a lightning strike.
It was a small 5 acre fire then but by yesterday it had grown to 8,000 acres.
If you live in Arizona you probably know it is wise to avoid the "Jumping Cholla". That's a member of the cactus family whose parts are only lightly connected to the plant and if you come into contact with one, even lightly, it will attach itself to you. This hiker has just learned that lesson as the police try to decide what to do next.
Just when you (Acosta, Epstein, Coates) thought today would be a bad day here comes Your Favorite Catalyst (Me) to brighten your day and your weekend. Yes, laddies and lassies, it is time once again for Fun, Frolic and THE FRIDAY FUNNIES!
Okay, you sweet sixteens, sixties and seventies, I know it seems like a sesquicentenary sometimes, but stifle your superstitions and start (whether sleepwalking or staggering) sampling your surroundings of satisfaction.
In other words, have a great weekend!
And always remember to keep laughing.
Here, kitty-kitty . . .
(oh, that's not what I expected . . . . and I'm not lyin'.)
Arizona's Monsoon Season begins on July 4th but this year we've had no rain yet. So, the heat continues as we launch into the middle of another long weekend. There's a Ladder-Backed Woodpecker working over the tree right in front of me (sorry, no picture) and it's time for me to work over the Friday Funnies.
With that to think about, it's time to tinker and toy with your transfiguration, harking always for the tremulous tones from tintinnabulation.
In other words, have a great (continuing) weekend.
Here in the heart of Ye Olde West, it's rodeo week. It began last night in the neighboring town of Prescott, Arizona, but don't worry if you missed it. There are a total of eight "performances" running all week. Hang on to your hats. And, as is tradition, your beers.