The first of the year dawned bright and cold here in southern Arizona. With yesterday's clouds lifting overnight, we woke up to freshly snowcapped Santa Catalina Mountains on the horizon; a perfect winter morning in the desert...a perfect day for my wife and I to take a hike.
We weren't on the trail for five minutes yet, when:...and then the deer practically pranced across our trail:
...stopped to pick a fruit from a barrel cactus:
...a bit of chewing:
...and finally, off to graze elsewhere:
A perfect winter day:
snowcapped Thimble Peak
above the cottonwoods in Sabino Canyon,
still hanging on to the last of last autumn's color:
Hiking boots, a bottle of water, some sunscreen...and the iPhone--all you need...