Not really, but I did use my time at my mandated time living in squalor on the border to good use: I played with my camera taking night photos and learning the capabilities of my long lens on wildlife. Oh, I did work too.
My first stop was the Lesna Mountain chain. I fell in love with the morning light (by morning light, I mean the sun did not even crest the horizon yet) on this lone rock formation. I really wanted to wait for the sun to actually hit it while I was parked in front of the Saguaro skeleton, but the waking bee hive residing at what used to be it's root base shooed me away.
After spending a good amount of time enjoying the sunrise from atop a small rock outcrop, I got back into my truck to explore some more. I did a loop and while heading back up Secret Road, I spotted this owl. He was a ways out and refused to look at me. This was the best shot I got. I took some action shots while he was flying away, but his coloring camouflaged him against the rock color.
And then I got yelled at by a crow.
I almost missed these beauties. I threw the truck in reverse. Small white flowers that I have never seen in my 7 years as a desert resident. I did some research later on and I believe they are Night Blooming Cereus. If the internet is to be believed, this cereus only blooms one night every year before shedding its white flower and replacing it with a fruit. If so, I feel very fortunate to have spotted one.
After my love affair with the flowers waned, I made my way westbound. Stopping only for birds atop cactus.
This hawk was less than thrilled with me. I was cramping his hunting time.
My next night out, I was stationary on the border. What better way to protect our nation than to experiment with long exposures at the night sky?
The sunrises this past week were....weak. It figures. A few days later I explored further north and west.
Dead things are always so pretty.
During a pit stop of FR1, I found another dead Saguaro.
And then the hawks. I'm not sure if they were a nesting pair, or if they were in the same area together. But they flanked me and one fussed at me until it realized that I would win the battle of will and flew away.
What little time I had out and about, I took full advantage of. Relearning areas I haven't seen in years and exploring new areas I've never been. Eat your heart out Nat Geo.