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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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Western Light: Long Exposures

I've been playing around with a new app for iPhones called Longexpo Pro; it's made to allow you to take a long exposure (2 seconds) of a moving object,

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Western Light: Nature's Beauty

Many animals make use of camouflage, their bland coloring or stripes or prints helping them to blend into the background and therefore be less visible to predators.

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Western Light: Monsoon Fireworks

A series of mini-storms rolled through the Camp Verde area on Monday evening, leaving not much rain but a lasting impression of lightning.

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Western Light: First Bite

First Bite is a term more often associated with fishing than with astronomy, but the very first occlusion of the sun by the moon during an eclipse is known by the same term.

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Western Light: Making Rainbow Eclipses

Here's a different idea for viewing the solar eclipse. If you have a crystal (the bigger the better), stand with your back to the sun and hold the crystal up beside you so it is in the sun.

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Western Light: Splendor in the Sky

The rain is just one of the many benefits of the monsoon season.

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Western Light: Bighorn Sheep

We all know our islands of civilization are surrounded by wilderness, but the reality of that can be stunning when the boundaries of the two overlap.

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Western Light: Goodwin Fire residue

Luckily for us, some of the wildfires have been fought into containment. Not so for folks elsewhere, but we can give thanks for our hard-working firefighters and their support teams.

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Western Light: Smokerise

Summer is smoke season in Arizona, no doubt about it. In recent days, the Goodwin fire near Mayer, AZ, has been clouding our skies with orange, ruddy smoke.

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Western Light: Water Mosaic

When the weather turns summer-hot, the creeks and rivers call out to us in multiple ways.

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Western Light: Summer Smoke

Summer (or close to it) can mean only one thing in Arizona: wildfires.

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