My Lance on the left is almost surrounded by horse trailers at the rodeo last weekend. If I've got to be surrounded by trailers, I would prefer horse trailers to RVs any day.
Bright sunny day today, but It barely got out of the 50s. I'm getting used to it, but I don't want to get used to it; I came here to get out of chilly weather, not to get used to it. Well, the weather is better than in Denver, where it's snowing with more on the way and high temperatures in the 20s.
Colorado is now getting the kind of weather that it used to get when I moved there. Which is it snowed again before the old snow had melted off. And that makes you feel like the snow never goes away because there's constantly ice and snow everywhere. Then the snowplows can't push the snow off the road in towns because the sides of the streets are already full of snow, front-end loaders and dump trucks have to be brought in to load up all the snow and carry it to a vacant lot somewhere. That gets to be a really expensive mess for little mountain towns.
Another day or so, and the next rodeo will be at the indoor event center. I don't think there will be any rough stock at this rodeo; it will just be horse stuff like barrel racing and pole bending. And since it's going to be in the indoor arena, I sure hope it's a sunny day so the skylights will light up the arena. Because I now know that when it's really cloudy, like last Sunday, the pictures I took with only the arena lights on were mostly bad.
Then the weekend after that will be the biggest barrel racing event they have here at the Pima County Fairgrounds. It's the "Sherry Cervi youth championships." Sherry Cervi was born in Tucson, is a four-time world champion barrel racer, has won more money than any other barrel racer in history, and is in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. So, this is a big deal in the world of barrel racing.
I was here last year when this was going on, and I sure wish they held this event in the outdoor rodeo arena so I could get better pictures. But there's a lot of time, effort, and money to put on an event with hundreds of contestants, and my concerns about lighting probably isn't at the top of their worries list... Although it should be.
An incredibly rare Arizona Sonoran bluebird. Bluebirds are common in the desert and you can find them hiding under any shady tree. But these rare red bluebirds are harder to find than a Texas vegetarian. Nobody knows how many red bluebirds there are in Arizona, but I'm thinking this may be the only one, so I was very fortunate to be able to knock him off that fence with a rock, I now have him safely tucked away in my collection of rare and endangered animals.
It appears this girl has two dangerous hobbies. Riding a barrel racing horse, and standing on that two wheeled deathtrap that was invented by an emergency room physician with a shortage of patients.
My favorite tree at the Pima County Fairgrounds, don't know why, it just is.