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Desert vistas in words and photos

Poem by Karen R. Sanderson

All photos by John Steiner

Desert Canvas

Canyon de Chelly

A stranger’s first glance at a sandpaper land
To the untrained eye so stark
They think our God forgot to wave His generous hand.
But go within the seeker’s slow embark:

Skyline Park, Buckeye, AZ

Touch and venture forth upon the endless expanse
And excavate where ancestral cultures fade.
Explore the cliff mystery’s romance
And lose your step in ruins adobe made

Montezuma’s Castle

Hear the insistent flutter of looming raptors’ wings
Spooking lizards under rocks of ginger veil
Bringing a prick to jack-rabbit springs
As roadrunners skitter to quick avail

Harris Hawk on the Hunt

See the sapphire skies on copper-penny peaks subsist
Sleeping mantle sprinkled with heaven’s dreamy eyes
From a yawning dawn’s foggy mists
To awestruck travelers this vista lies

Buckeye Sunset

Desert blooms in lemons tart and peaches warm
Meadow hues blushed and painted wild
Beware the sly and patient cactus’ unforgiving thorn
Unsuspected, drawn to their scent, beguiled

Brittlebush and Hedgehog

The moon rises from amethyst mountain cloak
Winds howl denouncing the mesa’s plateau breeze
Arid powder of lost, wandering animals, now bones,
Summer dust awaits the overnight freeze.


Desert Sunset
Sunset at South Mountain
Saguaro National Park near Tucson

John Steiner is a traveler, writer, aviator, drone operator, and avid photographer. A photo fanatic from a young age, John now shares his travel experiences and photographs via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and on his blog. 
Selfie on South Mountain

John’s blog is at http://www.photobyjohnbo.com.

You can find his photo page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PhotoByJohnbo.

He is also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/photobyjohnbo and on

Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/photobyjohnbo.


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A guest post for John Steiner


Fellow North Dakotan, John Steiner, is hosting me on his blog with my heartfelt “Dear Loved One.” Those of you who have followed my blog for a while will recognize this letter.

Many of us have the love and support of our family and friends while on our writing journey – others do not. Perhaps this letter to loved ones will help.

John blogs at Journeys with Johnbo, musings about places traveled and photos taken. His article about the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks appeared during our North Dakota blogs over the July 4th holiday weekend.

See “Dear Loved One” on John’s blog.


Filed under My Guest Posts, Personal Articles

Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks – They’ve got the bases covered for fun

Article by John Steiner

Redhawks-11Fargo, ND

When someone mentions Fargo, it’s been my experience that they reference either the extremely cold winter climate or the Coen Brothers movie of the same name. Some people might find it hard to believe, but the residents of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, her “twin” city just across the Red River in Minnesota, have a real life outside of these two stereotypical references. Though many of us North Dakotans enjoy winter and winter activities, very few of us use a wood chipper to grind up our neighbor.

In the region centered on Fargo, much of the emphasis on sports revolves around three schools; North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University at Moorhead and Concordia College. However, in 1996, a new professional baseball team based in Fargo-Moorhead joined the Northern League. Teams in this league are not affiliated with Major League Baseball (MLB) and serve markets that are not served by the MLB or their minor league affiliates.

Redhawks-5Newman Outdoor Field is the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawk’s home turf. The team’s winning ways have drawn the crowds and the family friendly entertainment keeps the youngsters entertained. I will admit to not paying attention to the team in their early years. At some point, a chance invitation to attend a game taught me that there’s a lot more going on than just waiting for the 20-minutes of action that’s crammed into three-plus hours of a typical baseball game.Redhawks-6


Between innings during pitcher warm-ups, games are played on the field that ultimately wins a prize for someone, and occasionally prizes (mostly discount coupons) for entire sections.

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks finished that first season with a league-best 53-31 won-lost record. Though they didn’t win the championship that year, losing to the St. Paul Saints, that season set the bar high for these boys of summer. Over the years, the team showed themselves to be winners with 2011 being the only season in their history with a losing record of 44-56. The loss resulted in their missing the playoffs for only the second time in their history.


Their mascot, Hawkeye, a 15-year veteran of the team and the players themselves make personal appearances in the off-season. Hawkeye energizes the fans, during breaks in the game play. There is even a well-equipped playground at Newman Field for those younger fans who simply get tired of watching the game.Redhawks-3


Ole, the “ball boy” entertains the crowd during home games. Ole’s original responsibility was to occupy a red rocking chair and make sure the plate umpire was supplied with baseballs. Since his introduction, though, Ole’s role has expanded. Ole wanders the stands while greeting and talking to the fans. Ole always draws a big round of applause when they play “Cotton Eyed Joe” and Ole does his signature dance.

I submit for your visual diversion, a gallery of images taken at Newman Field during a game between the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks and the Winnipeg Goldeyes.







John SteinerJohn Steiner is a retired educator with a multitude of hobbies. John started in the classroom, however he transitioned to Information Technology in mid-career.

Since retiring, John and his wife, Lynn, alternate between winters in Arizona and summers in North Dakota. John’s interests include aviation, photography, technology, hiking and travelling. John has always enjoyed writing and has written four books, now long outdated and out-of-print, published by Prentice-Hall. In the 1980s, John was a columnist and also wrote “over-the-transom” articles for computer magazines.

Since John retired, he shares his interests in photography and travelling via his blog at Journeys with Johnbo.




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