Entries Tagged as 'Oro Valley'

The Desert Spring Whispers

May 1st, 2014 · No Comments

If I could offer you just one word to describe the way desert spring comes to the Sonora, the word would be “soft.” Spring walks into the desert on soft feet so quietly that you cannot hear her footsteps approaching. Sometimes she touches you as a soft warmth that brushes against your face like the memory of a lover’s caress. Desert spring enters soft here the Sonora, as soft as clouds scudding by in a nonthreatening sky.

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Tags: Arizona · Arizona photography · Jane St. Clair · nature essay · Oro Valley · Tucson · Tucson Sonoran Desert · Tucson Tourism

The Five Enchanted Worlds of the Yaqui People

February 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Yaqui Deer Dancer is so very beautiful with flowers on his antlers. On his legs he wears cocoons that were once home to beautiful butterflies who are still with him in spirit. Deer Dancer has a rattle and a belt with deer hooves and he makes beautiful sounds as he dances. The Yaqui drummer imitates the heartbeat of Saila Maaso and the sticks imitate his breathing. This ceremony like everything about the Yaqui beliefs is beautiful

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Tags: Arizona · Arizona photography · AZ · Jane St. Clair · Oro Valley · Tucson Sonoran Desert · Tucson Tourism

Henry David Thoreau and the Spirit of 2014

December 13th, 2013 · No Comments

Thoreau wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

I really love his word “deliberately.”

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Tags: Arizona · AZ · Henry David Thoreau · Jane St. Clair · Oro Valley · Tucson

In My Next Life I Want to be A Tree

November 21st, 2013 · No Comments

Trees are just there. Trees are just happy all day long – not wanting or striving or doing, just being, and constantly changing, alive and wonderful.The poet Wallace Stevens wrote, “Let be be the finale of seem.” He might have been writing about ice cream, but he might as well have been writing about trees.

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Tags: Arizona · Arizona photography · AZ · Jane St. Clair · nature essay · Oro Valley · Tucson Sonoran Desert · Tucson Tourist Events

Dia de Muertos — The Day of the Dead!

October 25th, 2013 · No Comments

While I always like the kiddie party trick-or-treat spirit of Halloween, the grotesque images of the Day of the Dead used to creep me out. I mean, skeletons! Then a friend originally from Mexico took the time to explain Dia de Muertos to me.

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Tags: Arizona · Arizona photography · AZ · Day of the Dead · Dia de Muertos · Jane St. Clair · Oro Valley

Arizona Desert Snow, Snow So Rare

April 9th, 2013 · No Comments

Arizona desert snow is rare . I have forgotten the sound of snow because even rain is rare in the desert. I have forgotten how snow can transform the Arizona mountains into some icy moonscape that belongs in a galaxy far, far away, and I have forgotten how snow settles into spaces I ordinarily overlook,

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Tags: Arizona · Arizona photography · Jane St. Clair · nature essay · Oro Valley · Tucson · Tucson Sonoran Desert · Tucson Tourism · Tucson Tourist Events

Grifting Along with the Tumbling Tumbleweeds

January 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

The other day I found out that Europeans are crazy about tumbleweeds from Arizona. They’ll pay $25 for a small one and $50 for a big one — as long as they are genuine Arizona tumbleweeds. So –today at the Tucson Mall I saw a great big humongous tumbleweed nestled next to a potted plant in front of Sears and about to roll into the parking lot, it was just like finding $50 cash! I couldn’t let it go tumbling to waste! I am also selling jeans worn in Arizona and totillas made for cowboys to eat in Arizona.

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Tags: Arizona · Arizona photography · Humor · Jane St. Clair · Oro Valley · Tucson · Tucson Sonoran Desert · Tucson Tourism · Tucson Tourist Events

Tucson’s International Wildlife Museum —-And the Gentle Art of Taxidermy

July 13th, 2012 · No Comments

The outside of Tucson’s International Wildlife Museum looks like a castle with a moat. And it has big statues of lions, sheep and elks! It’s in bad taste but hip at the same time, like Lady Gaga. The inside of the museum is a devotion to the exploits of safari hunters and a tribute to the art of taxonomy.

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Tags: Arizona · Humor · International Wildlife Museum · Jane St. Clair · Oro Valley · Tucson · Tucson Sonoran Desert · Tucson Tourism · Tucson Tourist Events