Tag Archives: Southwest

A Walk in the Park

Skyline Park

The Missus enjoying a late afternoon walk while west Phoenix gets some rain in the background.

When you live in the southwestern desert you learn to accept that much of the summer is just plain too hot for outdoors activities.  That’s not to say one is housebound the entire time, but aside from morning and evening walks hiking is not on the schedule.

In late September the weather starts to change, and we start getting out a little more.  The town we live in has opened a new park recently, so we took an hour or so to take some pictures and enjoy the weather.

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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