As some of you know I leave this week for the southwest where I will spend the month of February. I will be in a remote area between Arizona and New Mexico, about an hour N. of Mexico, by the Chiricahua Mountains. Many people have asked me why this area. It is quiet and pristine, not very populated and has unique birds. Also possibly the darkest night sky in the lower 48. Out of the 7 life zones in N. America, it has 5:
-Lower Sonoran (desert)
-Upper Sonoran ( chapparal, woodland slopes above 4500 ft)
-Transition ( ponderosa pine above 7000 ft)
-Canadian life Zone (fir/aspen above 8000 ft)
-Hudsonian (Spruce/fir above 9500 ft)
The two zones it is lacking are Tropical and Arctic. For a painter who loves being out in the natural world this is heaven! I will be keeping up with my Blog on the trip and will post photos of things I encounter.