We've been down to our new little casita (small winter vacation home) in the southern Utah desert, trying to get a bit of furniture moved in and working to get things organized and ready for when we want to spend time here in the winter. I think we managed to be here during the hottest day so far this summer when the temperature hit 110 degrees F. I've been waiting for a hot, dry summer since I've spent the past several summer seasons in rainy, humid, lukewarm New Zealand weather, which is probably why that country is so green and beautiful. Anyway, walking in the desert a short distance from our home I found this little guy sunning himself and he didn't seem too concerned about me. I was able to get about 4 feet from him. Of course I didn't have my camera, and it was in the middle of the day with harsh light, but this is what I got with my iphone. I have no idea if he is a gecko, a lizard, or something else.
WE HAVE RETURNED FROM OUR GREAT ADVENTURE!
Jeff and I have recently returned from an 18 month missionary assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had the opportunity to live and travel in New Zealand and some of the other beautiful islands of the Pacific. We were immersed in it all...the beautiful scenery, the many different cultures, unique foods and customs, and we came home having experiences to remember forever and friendships that will last a lifetime. Even though we spent most of our time on missionary assignments, I found plenty of time for photography, and even though I shared many photos while we were gone, I still have many more to post of some of the most beautiful places on the other side of the world....not only New Zealand, but New Caledonia, Fiji, Tahiti, Moorea, Australia, Samoa. So, I'll continue to give you a glimpse of the places we saw and the people we met, interspersed with whatever I happen to be photographing currently.