Arizona sunsets are unequaled in their spectacular variety of palette and intensity. I have seen wonderful sunsets in Key West, and in New Jersey’s Bay Shore that left one in awe; but while I have seen the colors of Arizona’s sunsets in other places, I have never seen all of the colors, all at one time.
Five minutes after I shot this pic, the horizon turned blood red, as intense a red as I have never seen in nature. Our sunrises are just as spectacular – I usually miss them because I am already in work. Continue reading »
Desert Winter Sky
Superstition Sawblade Clock
The base of the Superstition Mountains are less than fifteen minutes from my house – on the other side of the mountains are 160 thousand acres of wilderness. Apache Junction is the end of the road, or so they say.
Mexican may have prospected the Superstition Mountains as early as 1795, and prior to 1892, the mountains were referred to as the Salt River Mountains. Continue reading »
Desert Detritus Mantel Clock
The knurled wood on this clock i from the root system of a cholla cactus which grows the size of a small tree.
The base is scavenged wood and steel, gathered on our regular hikes in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
The clock works are accurate quartz movement. I now have a half doze clocks in the studio, all keeping the exact time with only a minor deviation of several seconds between them all.
The weather is finally amenable to hiking again – and I can’t wait to get back into the desert and mountains of the Superstition Wilderness.
This is my first mantel clock, the rest have been wall clocks. As I get extra money I buy more clock works; I have a large stockpile of old metal and wood ready to be utilized.
My latest Superstition Sawblade clock (the #1 has been straightened). It can be yours for $45 (plus shipping).
I am getting frustrated as hell on the current painting on my easel – it will eventually work itself out, but I have to walk away from it for a while and concentrate on other projects.
With today’s miniscule paycheck, I bought two clock works. The first one I used on one of my sawblades, the finished product here.
The second will be used on a new Desert Detritus clock. I have a collection of cholla cactus skeletons which I intend to marry to some old rusted metal scavenged from the desert. I have a rough idea in mind for a mantel clock. All of my others have been wall clocks.
The annual ban on open fires has been lifted in Apache Junction, and Liz and I went into the desert with Mike and Tami to enjoy a campfire, enjoy cold beers and roast marshmallows this past Friday night.
I brought the Mossberg 500 pump shotgun – Mike had never fired a shotgun before. Nor had Liz. That’s the nice thing about the Arizona desert, there are plenty of secluded areas not twenty minutes from our home where we can recreate without disturbing others. Continue reading »
Now that the weather is cooling down, and some sort of a steady income dribbling in, work on my pet projects has re-commenced.
The bottle wall has doubled in size since my last post – thanks to three bags of mortar and time off from work.
The finished wall should be twice as long as it is currently, and a lot higher. It will mimic the silhouette of the Superstition Mountains, with areas level enough to use for seating under the Palo Verde tree. Continue reading »