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 The Sonoran Desert, also called Desierto de Altar, is an arid region covering 120,000 square miles (310,800 square km).  It spreads across southwestern Arizona and southeastern California, and includes much of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, part of Baja California state, and the western half of the state of Sonora.

The Sonoran Desert has a subtropical climate and receives 3 to 15 inches (75 to 380 mm) of rain per year. Most of it falls during the monsoon season (July–September), when strong, brief thunderstorms bring heavy rain. Lighter winter rainfall occurs in December and January. Frosts are rare. The hottest and driest part of the desert is near the lower Colorado River, where summer temperatures can reach more than 120 °F (49 °C) and rainfall is less than three inches.

Arizona & Sonoran Desert
March 2015

The giant saguaro cactus and the harsh drylands of the Sonoran desert - along with the wonderful bird and plant species that make the desert their home  - had always caught my imagination.  Earlier this year I travelled through the area for a week or so, ending up at the Grand Canyon.  

The plan is to develop a series of woodcut prints and oil paintings from the fieldwork below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna's Hummingbird was seen often - but how to creatively include such a tiny jewel in such a dominating 'other worldly' landscape?  Should keep me busy back in the studio.  Anna's Hummingbird was seen often - but how to creatively include such a tiny jewel in such a dominating 'other worldly' landscape? Should keep me busy back in the studio.