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Serious People, the Bryces (dailykos.com)
One of the first Mormon settlers in the area and the man the canyon came to be named after was Scottish shipyard carpenter Ebenezer Bryce. He  built a track to help transport the timber he was harvesting in the area and the visitors who used it began to call the canyon at the end of the track Bryce’s Canyon.
It may be apocryphal, but Ebenezer is said to have told an admirer of the hoodoos, “It’s a hell of a place to lose a cow”. Even though he and his family moved away from the area to Arizona, his name will always be associated with the place.
The Canyon isn’t his only claim to fame – he designed the oldest Mormon chapel still in continuous use, Pine Valley Chapel, even though he had never designed one before. He did it on the condition that he was allowed to build it like a ship.

Serious People, the Bryces (dailykos.com)

One of the first Mormon settlers in the area and the man the canyon came to be named after was Scottish shipyard carpenter Ebenezer Bryce. He  built a track to help transport the timber he was harvesting in the area and the visitors who used it began to call the canyon at the end of the track Bryce’s Canyon.

It may be apocryphal, but Ebenezer is said to have told an admirer of the hoodoos, “It’s a hell of a place to lose a cow”. Even though he and his family moved away from the area to Arizona, his name will always be associated with the place.

The Canyon isn’t his only claim to fame – he designed the oldest Mormon chapel still in continuous use, Pine Valley Chapel, even though he had never designed one before. He did it on the condition that he was allowed to build it like a ship.

Phoenix Heat Warning - a brutal July (2014)

Thursday afternoon brought record-breaking heat to the Valley twice, topping out at 116 degrees after already breaking the record with 115 degrees according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

The previous record of 114 degrees was set in 2006, officials said.

The record was broken the first time at 1:28 p.m., but the temperature quickly dropped to 112 degrees by about 1:45 p.m., National Weather Service officials said.

But by 2:15 p.m. the new record was broken when temperatures hit 116 degrees.

Least Bittern - The least bittern is a small heron, the smallest member of the Ardeidae family found in the Americas

Least Bittern - The least bittern is a small heron, the smallest member of the Ardeidae family found in the Americas

It is the diversity of habitats found on the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge that sustains one of the highest diversity of wildlife and plant species within the lower Colorado River watershed. It has been recognized by the National Audubon Society and The American Bird Conservancy as a birding area of global importance.

Tucson Shovel Nose Snake - Photo by Erik Enderson 
Scientific Name: Chionactis occipitalis klauberi

Tucson Shovel Nose Snake - Photo by Erik Enderson 

Scientific Name: Chionactis occipitalis klauberi

Antelope Doe and Fawn - 

The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows Arizona taxpayers to help conserve the state’s wildlife simply by marking the “Arizona Wildlife” box on the annual state tax return.

Since Arizona started the program more than 25 years ago, contributions to the fund have aided the conservation and reintroduction of many species, including bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, California condors, Apache trout, Mexican wolves and several of the state’s most intriguing desert reptiles and amphibians.

Antelope Doe and Fawn - 

The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows Arizona taxpayers to help conserve the state’s wildlife simply by marking the “Arizona Wildlife” box on the annual state tax return.

makeamarklogoSince Arizona started the program more than 25 years ago, contributions to the fund have aided the conservation and reintroduction of many species, including bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, California condors, Apache trout, Mexican wolves and several of the state’s most intriguing desert reptiles and amphibians.

Not many love Mondays, but these two might. This photo, by Yvonne Kippenberg, was a finalist in the Arizona Highways Photography Contest. Look for winners atwww.arizonahighways.com and on newsstands in mid-August.
HH:  These lovebirds are all over our neighborhood.  Once kept as pets in the area and now escaped into the wild again, they have thrived in the desert heat and amass along canals and other riptarian areas in the valley.

Not many love Mondays, but these two might. This photo, by Yvonne Kippenberg, was a finalist in the Arizona Highways Photography Contest. Look for winners atwww.arizonahighways.com and on newsstands in mid-August.

HH:  These lovebirds are all over our neighborhood.  Once kept as pets in the area and now escaped into the wild again, they have thrived in the desert heat and amass along canals and other riptarian areas in the valley.

bluepueblo:

Log Cabin, The Grand Canyon, Arizona
photo via sue

bluepueblo:

Log Cabin, The Grand Canyon, Arizona

photo via sue

Interesting facts about the Sonoran Desert:
The key to the Sonoran Desert’s climate is the amount of rainfall which falls. More rain falls on the Sonoran Desert than any other desert.
This is the hottest of North American deserts, but a distinctly bimodal rainfall pattern produces a high biological diversity.
The Sonoran Desert is home to 60 species of mammals, more than 350 kinds of birds, 20 amphibians, around 100 reptiles and over 2000 native species of plants.
It contains a variety of unique and endemic plants and animals, such as the Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) and Organ Pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi).
When the desert is windy, the sand gets picked up and tossed around which creates a sand storm or if the wind is blowing in a certain kind of way, it creates a whirlwind or dust devil.
Water accumulated by the mountains drains into rivers that cross the desert, creating corridors of riparian vegetation even during dry times of the year.
Many plants not only survive, but thrive in the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Many have evolved to have specialized adaptations to the desert climate. The Sonoran Desert’s biseasonal rainfall pattern results in more plant species than in the other North America deserts. The Sonoran Desert includes plant genera and species from the agave family, palm family, cactus family, legume family, and numerous others.
The seasons are like any other. Spring is a time when flowers bloom if the winter and fall had enough rain that year. There is summer and in the summer it rains the most and that helps summer flowers grow. Then fall comes with a cooler breeze, which lets the deserts summer heat wear away. Winter brings snow to the mountains and cold air to the desert valley.

Interesting facts about the Sonoran Desert:

  • The key to the Sonoran Desert’s climate is the amount of rainfall which falls. More rain falls on the Sonoran Desert than any other desert.
  • This is the hottest of North American deserts, but a distinctly bimodal rainfall pattern produces a high biological diversity.
  • The Sonoran Desert is home to 60 species of mammals, more than 350 kinds of birds, 20 amphibians, around 100 reptiles and over 2000 native species of plants.
  • It contains a variety of unique and endemic plants and animals, such as the Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) and Organ Pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi).
  • When the desert is windy, the sand gets picked up and tossed around which creates a sand storm or if the wind is blowing in a certain kind of way, it creates a whirlwind or dust devil.
  • Water accumulated by the mountains drains into rivers that cross the desert, creating corridors of riparian vegetation even during dry times of the year.
  • Many plants not only survive, but thrive in the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Many have evolved to have specialized adaptations to the desert climate. The Sonoran Desert’s biseasonal rainfall pattern results in more plant species than in the other North America deserts. The Sonoran Desert includes plant genera and species from the agave family, palm family, cactus family, legume family, and numerous others.
  • The seasons are like any other. Spring is a time when flowers bloom if the winter and fall had enough rain that year. There is summer and in the summer it rains the most and that helps summer flowers grow. Then fall comes with a cooler breeze, which lets the deserts summer heat wear away. Winter brings snow to the mountains and cold air to the desert valley.

A long day coming to a close - looking foward to the weekend already

Phoenix, AZ

Smoke rises from the Slide Fire as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Arizona, on May 22, 2014.
 (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Smoke rises from the Slide Fire as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Arizona, on May 22, 2014.

 (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Incoming - Phoenix,AZ - Uptown, July 7, 2014

Incoming - Phoenix,AZ - Uptown, July 7, 2014

Mexican Food Restaurant - La Perla - Glendale, AZ

Mexican Food Restaurant - La Perla - Glendale, AZ

Volleyball in Naco ————————                          Reuters/Jeff Topping
Residents of Naco, Arizona join residents of Naco, Mexico for a volleyball match during the fourth “Fiesta Bi-Nacional” at the fence that separates the U.S. (left) and Mexico (right), on April 14, 2007.
Volleyball in Naco ————————                          Reuters/Jeff Topping

Residents of Naco, Arizona join residents of Naco, Mexico for a volleyball match during the fourth “Fiesta Bi-Nacional” at the fence that separates the U.S. (left) and Mexico (right), on April 14, 2007.