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Sky on fire…

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Sometimes color just rules the day. This evening sky, taken from my Phoenix hotel room window overlooking some of the local flora and fauna at the base of Camelback Mountain, was just too compelling not to shoot. These colors became more muted, then unexpectedly reburst in one final blaze of glory before fading into final twilight.

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Days end…

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The Camel’s back…

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The desert is a fascinating place to me. Its timeless existence, its inpenetrable hardiness, its sheer rugged beauty provides such fodder for composition. Perhaps the fact that it’s just so different from what I see day to day that makes it seem like exotic territory, but still… you have to wonder when you really look closely: How does life survive in such a place? And yet, the succulent life sprouting up from these rocky crags proves life is ever-present. This view of the side of Camelback Mountain was shot at dawn’s early light, when the flickers and woodpeckers were stirring to life along with probably hundreds of other life forms I couldn’t see, but I certainly sensed. It was a pristine moment, alone,  in wonderment, in the chill of the February air. Hope you enjoy…

Good morning Phoenix…

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In my day to day life at home, things are usually pretty busy in the morning. I have teens to wake, lunches to prepare, emails to catch up on… the normal flurry of activity in a family household–all usually before 7 a.m. So the opportunity to step away, pack my gear, and photograph a picturesque scene like the one above is usually a nonstarter. But last week I traveled on business to Phoenix and had the pleasure of finding myself at the base of Camelback Mountain just before dawn. I am sure this photograph has been taken before; it’s not unique or ground breaking, but all that mattered to me was being able to witness those rich pink rays as they struck gold on Camelback’s eastern side. It was a pristine, silent moment. The kind you live for as a photographer of nature’s wonders. Hope you enjoy…

If these walls could talk…

 

When I see an old building like this, abandoned and slowly deteriorating, I often wonder about some of the colorful stories that must have taken place between those walls. This old saloon, halfway between the urban sprawl of Phoenix and the red rockscapes of Sedona, seems likely to have witnessed some interesting characters in and out of here in its prime. Why the barbed wire on the roof should tell you something, huh?  I particularly liked the lonely old tree out front, a reminder that while human inhabitation comes and goes, the strongest of nature lives on, impervious to the economy, or the comings and goings of the folks who must have once frequented this old watering hole. And, not to pass judgment of the caliber of those individuals, but the (ahem) name of the establishment below probably says it all. Hope you enjoy…