Tag Archives: Landscape

White Sands Revisited

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White Sands National Monument

Last March we went camping at White Sands National Monument for the first time.  The weather was fairly mild although a bit brisk in the morning.  The winds were impressive.  It turns out that 50 mph gusts are not unusual in the windy season.  We enjoyed the trip, but since we only stayed the one night we didn’t get to do as much hiking as we would have liked, so we decided to return during the off season. With our schedule it turned out the second half of January was a good time, and watched the weather and the launch schedule for the missile range to plan the date. This last week the weather was perfect for photography – cloudy with rain in the forecast and temperatures unseasonably warm with to lows above freezing, and no closures scheduled.  Off we went…

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Havasupai

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Havasu Falls the evening we made camp.

Last week we took a five-day outing with Arizona Highways Photography Workshops to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon. The workshop was led by Suzanne Mathia and supported by Tyler, A.J. and Todd from Arizona Outback Adventures. It was a great trip with some excellent hikes, spectacular photographs, and lots of fun!

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...just add water

… just add water

As barren as the desert frequently appears, there’s quite a bit of life to be found.  Water, though scarce, can be found if you know where to look.  The White Tanks got their name from the fact that frequent flash floods over time eroded depressions that hold water.  It’s not surprising that it became a choice grazing area for a cattle ranch in the early 20th century.  During its time as a ranch a windmill powered well was installed that created an oasis.  Now part of a county park, the oasis is almost swamp like in the variety of life to be found there.

Tovrea Castle

One of the landmarks in Phoenix, Tovrea Castle is a recently restored historical landmark. Originally intended to be part of a resort hotel, it was purchased by the Tovrea family in the 1940s. Stitched composite of 9 images taken with the Olympus E-P5 and the 75mm lens at f22 and 1/320 sec and ISO400