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Mon Apr 14, 2014, 12:00 AM Apr 2014

Too good not to share: from my 2014 fire lookout gig [View all]

Tonight is my first night sleeping in the lookout. What an incredible view!

I've been staffing the lookout during the day and sleeping at the ranger station. Now, I will spend most nights here, except for off-days. But the apartment at the ranger station is mine all summer.

We have a couple of fires going: one down near the Mexico border (Nogales) and the other, the "Brown Fire" (ALL fires are named here, and I get to name the fires I spot) is in Gardner Canyon. I have to stick pretty much to naming fires for geographical or topographical features.

Here is an incredible photo (IMO) from yesterday evening of the nesting hummingbird at the ranger station.

Lagniappe: photo from my lookout of today's aerial demonstration by the USAF Thunderbirds over Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ. Hey Trof, you and I can do this with our eyes closed!

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How beautiful! KT2000 Apr 2014 #1
How rare and beautiful! I've never seen a hummingbird nesting. northoftheborder Apr 2014 #35
I was going to say I've never seen a hummingbird resting Thor_MN Apr 2014 #44
Great shots, my dear DemoTex! CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2014 #2
What city is that in the first picture? Vashta Nerada Apr 2014 #3
Tucson, indeed. DemoTex Apr 2014 #6
You get all the fun nadinbrzezinski Apr 2014 #4
Way too cool! Love the bird pic! MADem Apr 2014 #5
Mac did you see this article Skittles Apr 2014 #7
Beautiful pictures - thank you for sharing them Samantha Apr 2014 #8
Doing the Kerouac thing, eh! ChazInAz Apr 2014 #9
Visit DemoTex Apr 2014 #14
wow! what's your hardware? stg81 Apr 2014 #10
Canon 5D MK3 w/14mm WA DemoTex Apr 2014 #16
nice! no graininess with that high ISO stg81 Apr 2014 #19
I am taking a moment to reply truedelphi Apr 2014 #37
You have a great eye! shanti Apr 2014 #11
Dayum, these are wonderful shots, DemoTex! calimary Apr 2014 #12
k&r... spanone Apr 2014 #13
Wow. Warren DeMontague Apr 2014 #15
Wow. Keep those pictures coming, DemoTex! SunSeeker Apr 2014 #17
I'm so looking forward to more of your photos this year. Sissyk Apr 2014 #18
amazing images, as always tomm2thumbs Apr 2014 #20
Thanks for posting. Keep your reports going. Love them. JDPriestly Apr 2014 #21
Always look forward to your reports, and especially your pictures. longship Apr 2014 #22
KnR Always look forward to your reports and photos Hekate Apr 2014 #23
Magnificent malaise Apr 2014 #24
New year new digs? hootinholler Apr 2014 #25
awesome madokie Apr 2014 #26
Wow!! DarthDem Apr 2014 #27
Those pictures are amazing..... a kennedy Apr 2014 #28
You on top of A mountain? B Calm Apr 2014 #29
WOW! Lady Freedom Returns Apr 2014 #30
My Father did that in the 50's Red State Rebel Apr 2014 #31
Same here. In the Idaho panhandle JimDandy Apr 2014 #38
Being moved to a station near Tucson Warpy Apr 2014 #32
keep them beautiful pics comin Tex! dionysus Apr 2014 #33
Thank you for the lovely pictures n/t sarge43 Apr 2014 #34
Wow! SalviaBlue Apr 2014 #36
If I thought I could handle the job Aerows Apr 2014 #39
Job Calista241 Apr 2014 #40
Hope the conditions favor some good blood moon shots! Blue Owl Apr 2014 #41
Beautiful! A question for you... SaveOurDemocracy Apr 2014 #42
My husband is sooooo jealous! He is originally from Tucson Nd whenever he goes home Liberal In Red State Apr 2014 #43
Stunning! obxhead Apr 2014 #45
DemoTex, you have the coolest job of anybody I know or know of! hatrack Apr 2014 #46
thank you for those beautiful pics--especially the nesting hummer!! looking forward to more niyad Apr 2014 #47
So DU is more than adequately covered now Iwillnevergiveup Apr 2014 #48
And Flying Squirrel's DUzy Awards threads on Fridays pinboy3niner Apr 2014 #49
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