Doriot and I had a lovely New Year’s Day. We got up early AND stayed in bed late (yes, it’s possible) and then, once it had warmed up to at least 40F, we felt it was safe to move about in the world. Most of the snow had melted off of the Catalinas by mid-morning.
the view from the Target parking lot, which is a nice place to check on the mountains from mid-city
The snowmelt turned out to be a fabulous thing for us, as we ended up in Sabino Canyon later that afternoon. Melted snow means water, and lots of it. When Bri and I were up a few weeks ago, there was just a trickle. Today, water was flowing and dancing and making lots of rushy noise as it flowed under bridges and over rocks.
It was so wet that the entire sandy mica beach in front of our wedding rocks was underwater.
The little cavelet on the left is where Allison and I saw the family of coati a few years ago.
The light was magnificent, and every leaf was dancing, especially on the cottonwoods.
Perhaps my most vibrant sighting today was Doriot herself, sparkling in the sun.