Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is located in the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona on the Mexico border. Known primarily for the monuments namesake, the Organ Pipe Cactus, the national park also has extensive stands of Saguaro cactus and both Teddy Bear Cholla (jumping Cholla)¬†and Chain Fruit Cholla. The surrounding desert landscape is stunning as […]

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Organ Pipe Cactus

Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantean), Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, USA

I finally finished editing my Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona photographs. This is one of my favourites, additional images can be seen at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument photos.

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Signs, Sedona, Arizona

Antique signs at Son Silver West, Sedona, Arizona

I have always enjoyed photographing signs and Sedona certainly has no shortage of old signs. This is part of an excellent collection at Son Silver West, a funky gallery and craft store.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument, located near Camp Verde, Arizona, features well-preserved cliff-dwellings. These dwellings were built and used by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people, northern cousins of the Hohokam, around 700 AD.

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Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Arizona

Tree, Oak Creek Canyon

The drive through Oak Creek Canyon is amazing and the trails are even more spectacular with steep red cliffs and beautiful streams. While the weather was overast on this hike I took advantage of the softer light by shooting intimate landscapes.

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Sedona, Arizona

Tacky Indian, Sedona, Arizona

I haven’t been through Sedona, Arizona for about 35 years and as expected it has changed dramatically since the 1970’s. Gone is the old funky town having been replaced by a tacky main street with too many t-shirts and ice cream parlours. And the art; tacky, tacky, tacky! Fortunately much of the town off the […]

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V Bar V Ranch petroglyph site, Verde Valley, Arizona

V-bar-V Ranch petroglyph site, Verde Valley, Arizona

The The V-bar-V ranch petroglyph site is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley of central Arizona, and one of the best preserved. The rock art site consists of 1,032 petroglyphs in 13 panels. The petroglyphs were created by Southern Sinagua residents between about 1150 and 1400 AD. Fortunately the ranchers protected the […]

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Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic chapel built into the mesas of Sedona, Arizona, which was inspired and commissioned by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Visiting is well worth the effort if in the Sedona area.

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Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Wood, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona has as expected, petrified trees. I’ve been reading up on the whole science of this and hopefully will get around to providing some useful information but for now, just photos!

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Mission San Xavier del Bac

Window, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona

Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O’odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. Photos only at this point.

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Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson

Aircraft tails at the Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson

The Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson is definitely an aviation nerds paradise. Over 300 airplanes of all types are on display, many beautifully restored in 8 hangers. Aircraft tails at the Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson The airplanes on the tarmac are an amazing snapshot of aviation history since the 1940’s and […]

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Harris Hawks – Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Harris Hawk

We spent a wonderful afternoon at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson and were able to watch Harris Hawks in action courtesy of the hawk handling staff. What a site as these majestic birds would swoop low over our heads for tiny bits of mouse or quail meat. What impressed me most was how quickly […]

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Arizona’s Roadside Shrines

Arizona roadside shrine

At first I wondered why the road from Ajo to Tucson was dotted with hundreds of roadside shrines. Some were simple crosses, others elaborate alters housing a statue. My first thought was these shrines were the markings for serious accidents like so many other areas of the country but research fortunately has proven my theory […]

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Organ Pipe Cactus and Mars

Organ Pipe Cactus in a Martian Landscape

One more Organ Pipe Cactus image before heading off to some new territory. The interesting light on this young specimen only lasted a few minutes and was very eerie, looking a little like a Mars landscape with a few strange plants thrown in. Unfortunately no aliens came to visit although the Arizona and New Mexico […]

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Saguaro Cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Saguaro at Sunset, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

While Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is named after the impressive stands of Organ Pipe Cactus I expect most visitors are more awestruck by the gigantic Saguaro Cactus that dot the landscape. These cacti are difficult to uniquely photograph as every conceivable angle, lighting and composition has probably been shot hundreds of times before. At […]

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Gringo Pass, Arizona

Mexican Insurance and Money, Gringo Pass, Arizona

There’s a very long story here! Lukeville, Arizona existed for many years in relative obscurity until a fellow named Al Gay purchased the town and maybe renamed it about 8 years ago. I’ll leave the story to the Tucson Weekly at www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/the-pope-of-gringo-pass. Anyway, not much here!

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Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona

Cholla Cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

I’ve been particularly looking forward to heading back to Organ Pipe National Monument again as it must be 30 years since I last visited. Not much has changed which is very good. Unfortunately the best road in the park is now closed due to “border issues” but the Mount Ajo loop is still open and […]

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America is Crumbling!

Vacancy with Steam Heat, Gila Bend, Arizona

I have been really saddened by what I have seen in small towm America the past few years. I remember travelling through these areas many years ago and seeing vibrant communities with lots of life, friendly people and thriving business. Maybe it’s the shift of vehicle traffic to the major interstates, maybe a result of […]

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