When the snow falls in Tucson, as it did this week, it wreaths the city with a white ring, laying on the mountain ranges that surround us. The snow line is usually around 4,500 feet, with the valley and the lower Tucson Mountains getting rain. We love the rain!
Valley dwellers get to enjoy all the beauty of the surrounding snowcapped mountains without any of the inconvenience of actually having to deal with the snow.
These homes in Hidden Valley, near Tucson's Sabino Canyon, are a perfect example. While Thursday's storm laid a couple of feet of snow on Summerhaven (hidden high in the clouds at elevation 9,000,) the valley floor at elevation 3,000 enjoyed two inches of much needed rain.
Of course, not everyone finds happiness in the rain ~ this bedraggled Red Tailed Hawk looked miserable on his perch in the high end community of Sabino Mountain, overlooking the valley below. That Saguaro arm that he's sitting on has been damaged by a rare freeze, causing the normally upright arm to lose strength and fall.
Today (Saturday) saw the last of the storm as it moved off to the east, leaving in its wake the promise of beauty in March and April, when the desert floor will be carpeted with flowers. I hope you'll visit and see it for yourself! If not, be sure I'll be blogging about it, just so you don't miss a thing.
Here's one last photo from today. This is downtown Tucson, looking north toward the Santa Catalina Mountains.
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