The Beauty of Desert Shooting

Last Sunday, my husband and I made what will probably be our last-of-the-season trek to the desert to do a little shooting.  Soon, the desert sun will win the battle and not only will it be too hot to enjoy the sport, but that’s about the time the fire restrictions go in place.  Then it will be time to hit the indoor ranges for the summer.

We shoot in a permitted area, so you’re likely to hear all kinds of ammunition being fired — anything from the pop-pop of the .22’s to AKs and an occasional UZI.  The only things that aren’t allowed are exploding targets and fully-automatic assault rifles — and if you have them — you probably should be in an overseas location, wearing a uniform, and pulling G.I. wages.

I thought I would share a few shots with you.

Target Results
Target Results

 

I’m was definitely smiling! Both head and body shots were good enough to get the job done.

And then, there’s the re-loading process:

Reloading
Reloading

If you’re wondering what the blue tarp is all about, we like to capture the casings so we can bag them out with us when we’re done. Just keeping things in the natural order.

And while the re-loading process is taking place, that’s my time to inhale and take in the ever-changing beauty of the Southwest desert.

Even the most thorny-looking things can be pretty:

Ocotillo
Ocotillo

And then there was a certain beautiful cactus all in bloom:

Cactus in Bloom
Cactus in Bloom

If you recognize just what type of cactus this is, drop me a comment — I haven’t been able to pinpoint it yet.

And, too soon, it was time to head back to the city, but not before taking one last look:

Sycamore Creek Area
Sycamore Creek Area

 

Until we meet again ….