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Western Light: Storm Over the Grand Canyon

On a recent visit to the Canyon, I was lucky enough to see a storm develop over the inner gorge.

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Western Light: Phainopepla

A Phainopepla is sometimes called a black cardinal--perhaps a cardinal's evil twin.

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Western Light: Denali

On a recent trip to Alaska, my family and I were treated to a rare sight of Denali, The Great One, free of its pervasive cloud cover

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Western Light: Rufus Hummingbird

You know the summer is starting to wind down when you see Rufus hummingbirds at your feeder.

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Western Light: Mammatus

Mammatus clouds, named for their similarity to the female anatomy, are generally a sign of unsettled weather.

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Western Light Monsoon Sunset

One thing the monsoon does for us is bring us clouds; glorious, rain-swollen clouds.

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Western Light: Yellow on Yellow

Spring is the time for color, and in Arizona, that color is more often than not yellow.

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Western Light: Desert Spiny Lizard

With the days warming rapidly (too rapidly!), we see more and more creatures out and about, taking advantage of the spring bounty

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Western Light: Cactus Flower

May is the time for cactus, normally so bland, so ordinary, to explode into magnificence.

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Western Light: Slot Canyons

Slot canyons are a distinctly Southwestern phenomena (although they do occur in other places around the world).

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Western Light: Fire night

Cactus are the most remarkable of plants.

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Western Light: Vultures

The vultures are back. Every spring we see them drifting lazily through our skies, wagging their wings on the breezes.

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Western Light: The nose knows

We've trained our dog to not grab at food, but to wait (sometimes patiently, sometimes not) for the "okay" signal before taking it.

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Western Light: wood ducks

Wood ducks are not normally known to include Arizona in their range, but then wood ducks don't read, either.

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Western Light: Super Moon

We've had a lot of Super Moons lately, it seems, and the moon just lends itself to dreamy, peaceful photography.

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Western Light: Door to Nowhere

Jerome is a town of ghosts.

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Western Light: Abstracts in Nature

At first this may look like an abstract painting, just shapes and colors.

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Western Light: Sunrises and Sunsets

We are lucky here in Arizona to have such fabulous sunrises and sunsets.

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Western Light: Water

Water assumes many characteristics. It can be glassy smooth, frothing with foam, swirling around rocks, bending images to its twists and turns.

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Western Light: Iridescent clouds

Sometimes the sun, the clouds, the time of day and the angles all line up together to create ephemeral beauty in the sky.

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Western Light: Reflections of fall color

Reflections of the fall color along Clear Creek bring to mind the impressionistic paintings of Monet.

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Western Light: Waxwing Wars

Walking along Clear Creek, I noticed a flock of birds in one tree, all chattering and flitting about.

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Western Light: Autumn Ripples

The autumn leaves are falling en masse now, carpeting the ground and building up in eddies in the creeks and rivers.

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Western Light: Fall Color

While we have adequate fall color around the state, Flagstaff has cornered the market on yellow and gold.

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Western Light: The Painted Desert

Here in Northern Arizona, we are blessed to have many stunning views nearby, not the least of which is the Painted Desert.

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