Water and life

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Most of the country is experiencing a snowy winter, but it is hard to imagine that cold here in the Sonoran desert. Our latitude and placement relative to the Pacific Ocean give us the climate of a typical midlatitude desert. Life thrives in the winter, especially in the canyons where the winter precipitation concentrates as runoff. Here are a few quick shots from the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness.

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A javelina (Pecari tajacu) crossing the water.

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Cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii) caught in late afternoon light – leafless, but very much alive.

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Saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea) and sycamore (Platanus wrightii) in a canyon bottom.

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Insects (unknown species) mating in a late afternoon sunbeam.

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The last light of the day catches the canyon walls and is reflected on the water rushing through this wilderness. There is no snow, and that is just fine.

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