Desert Humor – Christmastime Is Better In The Sand

Those of us who live in the Phoenix area get kick out of watching our northern friends deal with freezing temperatures and large snowfalls. Of course many of them flock to the desert for the winter months and we are glad to have them as our seasonal friends.

In the spirit of good humor and a bit of kidding, I am passing along the following humorous video. Of course, humor is a very personal thing!

Original Song: Christmastime Is Better In The Sand from CCV Media on Vimeo.

 

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Trail Ridge Road (RMNP) Marmots

The first marmot I saw, as far as I know, was at Yosemite National Park. I thought it was a beaver scampering across Tuolumne Meadows, but after doing some research and speaking with others, I came to the conclusion it was indeed a marmot. I had never heard of a marmot before that encounter.

“Yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris) are one of the largest members of the squirrel family. They can be two feet in length and weigh up to 11 pounds. Their large body size is an adaptation to the cold, high elevation sites in which they live. Marmots have reddish-brown fur and a yellow belly, from which they get their name. They are related to woodchucks and groundhogs in other parts of the country.” (Via link below)

We recently visited Rocky Mountain National Park and they have their share of marmots as well. One day we drove along the Trail Ridge Road picking spots to get out and hike. It was bitter that day especially when considering we were coming from the N. Phoenix (100+ degree) area. The temperature was 34 degrees with serious wind gusts. Nevertheless, we braved the wind and cold to see beautiful vistas and whatever else we came across.

As I emerged from the car wearing a hiking shirt, hoodie, nylon rain jacket, lip balm, gloves and toting two cameras, I walked to the end of a paved path outpost and sunning themselves on the distant boulders to gather whatever heat they could were two marmots.

Marmots at Rocky Mountain National Park
Two marmots sunning themselves at Rocky Mountain National Park
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You can read more about marmots here – Rocky Mountain National Park (Service)

 

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Cool Pictures, really cool!

As a resident of the desert southwest, I am pleased to have daytime winter temperatures between the low 60’s to mid-70’s on average with only a modicum of cloudy days and scant rain. I suppose the heat of the summer, which may reach as high as 115 degrees on some days, tends to balance the scale a bit.

I appreciate how those in the colder and more northern climes deal with the cold and often relish their environment. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2015 is no exception. These ice sculptures are just fascinating and inventive. I hope you visit the link below to view all of the photos. Some are taken in the evenings with colored lights reflecting in the crystal-like surroundings.

Piano Made of Ice
Picture courtesy of REUTERS

Ice-sculpted train
Picture courtesy of REUTERS

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2015