Oh my gosh, we saw a refuge sign and took a side trip on the way, the place was ladened with birds from the north, once the snow geese landed, there was barely room for a crouton in that soup bowl. We are very prone to side trips, we hit pay dirt here....
YES!!!!!! I know these are old hat for some of you but not for me, this is a first, a Sandhill Crane, well more than one....more on the refuge later but I must say it was hard to tear ourselves away. Even though we started out before the first mornings light, the days are short and there is so much to do, so we drove on to Quartzite, oh and we lost an hour crossing the CA AZ border.
This time I thought you should meet some of my friends......... this is Armando from Chihuahua Mexico. He's not only adorable but sweet and soft spoken, his father owns the Sierra Madre agate mine and cuts the stone, I found some pretty lapis cabs in his booth this time.
*camera shy :)
This is John of Village Silversmith from Boston, I was sorry to hear this is the last time they will be showing here. They have TONS of beautiful cabs and are really a pleasure to do business with.
I am not planning to go to Tucson, it was not my idea of fun, once was enough for me but I'm wishing them much success.
*John, not camera shy when this lady who introduced herself as Queenie begged to get into the shot :)
These are my friends Tony and Noyam, they did NOT want their pictures taken, good sports, both of them, Tony is responsible for all the hells canyon stones you see everywhere but he has the most beautiful picture jaspers out there and his work is impeccable.
*Noyam wanted to show you her beautiful hells canyon pendant, notice her picture ring. They live in a refurbished art deco service station in Idaho and their business name is Service Station Gems.
There's always a million cute dogs, check out these little tap dancers. I'm finishing a few new projects and also some orders while skittering around.
Thanks for visiting, xoxo sandhill Ro
(I've never seen a snow goose before either)