Reflections of The Southwest

Water In The Desert


Because the southwestern United States of America tends to be dry and very hot, I decided to introduce an uncommon element into this digital desert landscape – water! Find products here:

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Poem In Response

After reading a delightful poem entitled “A reading reptile?” by poet Michele Lee, of Arizona, I wrote this fun poem in response

A toad named Todd
Gave Michele the nod
And the two began to chat.

They spoke of books
Of different looks
And his desert habitat.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


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Poem of Gardens

Having read a wonderful poem entitled “Connected Roots“, by poet Michele Lee – where she highlights the life & beauty of a desert rose named Lady Banks – I was inspired to write this short poem…

From separate places to common spaces
In a garden tended by loving hand
Plants and people of nature and nurture
Sharing golden beauty across the land

© 2021 Phil Perkins


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Traveler In Time


A blinding light appeared on the horizon as a child from another dimension stepped through a time portal, landing on the parched terrain of a remote Arizona desert.

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Disc Golf Stories, No. 12

It was 1998 and I was living in Scottsdale, Arizona, when a disc golfing friend – Ron Klein – informed me that he was driving to California to retrieve items from storage, and wondered if I wanted to take a disc golf road trip to the west coast?

We played several courses while visiting The Golden State, the most memorable of which was DeLaveaga, in Santa Cruz.

Upon arrival, we learned that a local monthly disc golf tournament was just about to begin, and so we both paid a nominal entry fee to enter the event.

It was a small field and there were only two divisions – Ron signed up for Pro, and I signed up for Amateur – scheduled to play one round of 27-holes.

I’d played here once before, and hoped that my performance during this particular event would be competitive. When finished, all of the scorecards were submitted and official results tallied.

Although several of the top players from the Santa Cruz area were absent – playing instead at a PDGA tournament held in San Diego – it was nevertheless very cool to hear the Tournament Director announce that the winners of both divisions were from Arizona!

In addition to receiving my payout for winning, I also sold a dozen t-shirts to the local club following the event – contributing to a fun disc golf road trip!

Disc Golf Stories, No. 8

The year was 1998 and I’d recently moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Now, my home course for disc golf was at Vista del Camino park, where I played the Shelley Sharpe Memorial Disc Golf Course.

As is commonplace at many courses, there are oftentimes a few folks on hand who sell discs, either new or found. Here, “Johnny B.” was known for fishing discs out of the canal, a stagnant waterway which changed color to a deepening shade of green throughout the summer. Anyway, the deals were good and one day I purchased a Roc golf disc for a fair price.

Sometime later, my friend Mike Milne and I set out to play other courses in the area, winding up on this particular day at a (now closed) disc golf course in Chandler, Arizona, called Hoopes.

My drive on the first hole finished 35 feet short of the basket, with a slightly downhill putt remaining. I drew chains but missed the putt. Just for fun, I decided to take a second shot with the recently purchased Roc which I’d brought along.

I missed again (#@&!) – the shot hit the tray and immediately shattered into a dozen pieces! It was shocking to see, as that isn’t supposed to happen (I never miss twice, lol).

I later learned that that Roc wasn’t found in the canal. Rather, it was discovered on the rooftop of a building adjacent to Vista Del Camino, where it had likely baked in the Arizona sun for a couple of years. Hence, the brittle state.

Johnny and I had a good laugh, and he gave me a replacement golf disc for free.

Arizona Canyon Sunshine

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The warm southwestern sun casts shadows across this three dimensional digital landscape of rocky mountain buttes, created using Bryce design software. If you’re interested in decorating the walls in your home or at the office, then please visit my galleries to review a variety of different print types – Redbubble, Society 6 and Fine Art America.

Sun Over Arizona Canyon Wall Tapestry

 

Visit the canyons of Arizona from your living room with this decorative wall tapestry, made of 100% lightweight polyester with hand-sewn finished edges. Available in three sizes (here, large measures 104″ by 88″) and durable enough for both indoor and outdoor use. I created this western landscape using Bryce design software. Enjoy!