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Dec 182015
 

It’s nice being in the desert in winter.  Finally, there’s a chance to find some cloud cover as opposed to the constant blue skies you find most of the time.  And the temperature.  So pleasant.  On this morning, I headed out before sunrise and spent some time wandering around Papago park in Phoenix.  This stand of palm trees caught me eye and the mostly calm reflection in the lake provided a rich fullness to the serenity of the scene.

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Jun 082015
 

Rafting down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon is a monumental experience.  The water’s ice cold and often quite frisky.  The rock most often a rusty shade of red.  But, what’s most impressive is the size of the walls and how small I felt inside this immense cavern.  The timeless quiet, the constant flow of water, the movement of the raft.  Nothing compares to the feeling of being so small inside something so big.

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Jan 282015
 

Believe it or not this was taken in the Arizona desert at White Tanks Park just west of Phoenix.  I love cloudy days in the desert.  Much cooler even when it’s winter.  I wasn’t able to spend a lot of time here, but the desert environment is invigorating no matter what the circumstance.

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Sep 082014
 

Night is my favorite time to wander around a strange town and create artful images.  I don’t always take the time to do it, or I get too lazy if I’ve been out all day, but it usually gives me results I like.  On this dark night I had driven from Palm Springs to the Phoenix area and had walked around the area for many miles already.  But, I chose to keep plodding on.  I made it over to Tempe to see what I could see and after I got settled in for the night I chose to take off again.  This foot bridge over Tempe Town Lake caught my eye.

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Jun 142014
 

A large park in the middle of the city.  Love it.  We need all the natural spaces we can get.  When I stayed in Tempe I decided to get up early and head on over to Papago Park in Phoenix.  A beautiful, expansive desert park.  I love watching the sun rise and found a place within the desert rocks that looked down on other parts of the park.  Sure like the perspective of height.

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Apr 032014
 

I was tired.  I’d been wandering around downtown Phoenix for hours and ready to sit for a while.  I’d just reached the car when, of course, on the other side of the street I noticed this scene of palm trees set against the downtown architecture.  Well, one or two more photos won’t kill me.  Later in my travels I had many of my images stolen as my empty camera bag, except for memory chips, was stolen out of my car.  At least I enjoyed my time.

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Nov 252013
 

When I go somewhere relatively new, at least for photographic purposes, I always spend time beforehand researching the web and looking at maps for places that might be interesting to see.  If it looks interesting enough to go and be there, then I’m sure there will be some interesting photographic images that show themselves; like a sculptor chipping away at the stone to reveal the figure inside.  That’s what happened here and how I even managed to wind up at the Biltmore in the first place.  It looked like an interesting place, at it was!

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Aug 252013
 

I got to Tempe late and checked into the hotel.  Then quickly out again to have a bite to eat and enjoy the ambiance of a busy university town.  I could easily have gone back “home” to get a bit of sleep, but the night was still calling.  So, I headed down to the river to wander around a bit and see what was there; bridges and color and water and Tempe’s big mountain, Hayden Butte.  Perfect for a bit of night work.

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Jun 222013
 

I was driving west along I-10 last winter, heading back to the Coachella Valley from Phoenix.  It was actually raining out!  It was fresh and different.  Nothing like the desert can be with its heat and dry endless blue sky.  I pulled off to the side of the road just to enjoy the scene.  No hurry.  Don’t have to be somewhere.  There’s so much life and beauty around, even in the depths of winter gloom.

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Jun 122013
 

That’s what journeying down the Colorado River is; blending and morphing into everything that’s there.  There’s no distinction between the rock and canyon walls and river and sky and person immersed inside it all.  Human and nature blended as one.  That’s really what rafting into and through the Grand Canyon is all about; accepting the flow of the river and just being a part of it.

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