Curt Blanchard

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Monsoon 2015

During the last half of June, July, August, and the first half of September we receive over half of our annual rainfall. This often arrives as brief, heavy thunderstorms. The mountains around Tucson receive the bulk of the rain and when they are visible, the storms are ultra-dramatic. We watched this small but strong storm travel along the Catalinas on August 31. 

New England treats

We lived on Cape Cod for twenty years. We go back each year to visit friends and family. I don't miss the winters, but I sorely miss the seafood. Two of my favorites are here. Real lobster rolls with big, juicy chunks of meat. Whole claws even. That with a cup of steaming clam chowder and I can die happy. My guilty pleasure is fried clams at Cooke's. Wonderful clams, a few fries, and the very best onion rings anywhere ever.


Snowy Cactus

In July we bake in Arizona's midsummer. The Monsoon rains were sparse this year so we were hot and oh, so dry. I was browsing through some of my January photos from when we were cooler and rediscovered this Queen Victoria cactus with a light dusting of snow. Yes, snow in the desert. This was in our front yard after a rare, brief overnight snowfall. This only happens every few years and when it does, I always rush out to capture the contradiction - snow/cactus. It looked so refreshingly cool I wanted to post it to defy the summer heat.


Wild Turkeys in Tucson

On May 2, 2013, we had three wild turkeys land on our back wall. Big guys. 

As it turns out, these were Gould's turkeys and were among seventeen released in the Happy Valley area in February. They were being tracked and monitored by the Arizona Fish & Game Department. They were recaptured at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and released without harm up on Mt. Lemmon on May 17. There are already a number of these birds in the Rincon mountains.

The Arizona Fish & Game Department with the National Wild Turkey Federation have been reintroducing them since 1980 into the Sky Island mountain ranges across southern Arizona. They now number around 1000.