About the only thing I like about certain holidays is I get to ride without dodging rush hour traffic. Hence my early morning foray into the as yet still rather hot Arizona atmosphere (supposed to drop into the not-nearly-as-hot range by mid week). 89 at the start, dropped to 83 out in the northern reaches of the Valley (Jomax and Lake Pleasant Road), 86 or so when I got back. This shot is on Happy Valley Road at the top of a little rise right around 90th Avenue (I’ve been surprised how many people have written and said things like, “Hey, my parents live out there!” or “I grew up in that area” etc.). It was still so dark it is a little fuzzy (long exposure), but it caught the desert foreground and the crescent moon which was so amazingly bright just a few weeks ago. Another reminder of the passage of time, to be sure, and the beauty of God’s creation.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

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