It’s a simple life in the desert.
While fishing at Lake Pleasant in Arizona, this mallard came to visit. We’d seen him with his mate many times before, swimming in the distance. This was the first time either had floated close to shore let alone hopped up on a rock to be photographed. I was delighted and honored.
The Buckthorn Cactus, botanically known as Cylindropuntia acanthocarpia, is a native of the Sonoran Desert. It’s flowers are yellow or red with shades in between that bloom in spring. The cane-like stalks are covered with thorns and grow in tangled clumps in dry, arid landscape. The flowers are quite showy and bees love ’em.
When we go fishing at Lake Pleasant in Maricopa County, AZ, we sometimes see some of the burros that live in the surrounding hills and gorges. They’re skinny little creatures but they go and do what they like, a condition of being feral. Desert Life suits them.
We go for walks in the desert. Now that spring is warming everything up, all types of desert inhabitants start to appear. Heat loving cactus are blooming, cold-blooded lizards bask in the sun and rabbits forage fallen seeds. I love the desert.
Another fishing trip, another inspiration for a painting. The Arizona mid-afternoon sun saturates all colors. They sparkle and glow. I do love Arizona.
The white bass are still biting at Lake Pleasant in Maricopa County, AZ. This is a view of the embankment at the lake shore. Ted’s doing the fishing, I take pictures, pic up fistfuls of discarded fishing line and look for lost Rolex’s on the beach.
Ted caught this fish in Lake Pleasant, a lake in northern Maricopa County in Arizona. It’s about 14.5″ long and is painted close to full scale.
A hot day, a steep climb, another place in the world I’d never seen before. Wonderful. https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/1157215
This scene is from the end of a fishing trip. No fish but nice winter sunset.