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Western Light: Slot canyons

Slot canyons are a peculiarly Southwestern phenomenon, beautiful and other-worldly.

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Western Light: Slot canyon sunlight

Sunlight filtering through a slot canyon makes for soft light, pastel colors and delicate shadings.

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Western Light: Raindrops on Roses....

Raindrops on Roses.... Or not. Maybe a cherry tree. Regardless, spring has sprung in the Verde Valley and nothing says spring like the first peek of blossoms sprinkled with rain

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Western Light: Petroglyphs

At the V Bar V Heritage Site is a group of panels depicting various petroglyphs believed to have been created for the sole purpose of tracking seasons and facilitating the successful planting of crops.

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Western Light: Swift Water, Still Water

The recent rains coupled with snow melt have turned Clear Creek into a rushing muddy creek, yet even amid the tumult, a pool of still water reflects the naked trees overhead.

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How do you make an ice spider?

How do you make an ice spider? Easy; put a rock in shallow water and let it freeze overnight

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Western Light: Fogbow

Fogbows are created the same way as rainbows, but because the water droplets in fog are so much smaller than rain, the colors are weak and very often hard to see.

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Western Light: Frost-limned sycamore leaf

A frost-limned sycamore leaf sparkles in the sun. Even in death, the seasonal dress of the trees near Clear Creek still shows beauty, just in a different way. And in the darkest part of winter, we especially look for those tiny glimmers of light that promise warmer days in the coming spring.

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Western Light: Eight Aricaris

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

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Western Light: Sun on Jerome

Recently while walking Wingfield Mesa on a cold autumn day, the clouds were just scudding off after a small storm front. Although most of the world was still in deep shade, I noticed Jerome occupied the small sliver of sunlight that was slanting through the clouds.

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Western Light: Sun Dogs

Sun dogs are part of a halo around the sun, only seen when the conditions are right and ice crystals form in the atmosphere.

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Western Light: Thin, blue band

Have you ever had an unobstructed view of the horizon about sundown, and seen a thin, blue band in the sky just above the earth?

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Western Light: Waterfalls

The gently pattering waterfall over Tonto Natural Bridge has a tendency to capture and reflect a delicate rainbow in its scattered mist. So rare in Arizona, this tiny oasis had to have been a secret treasure for Native Americans and explorers and settlers alike.

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Western Light: Dragonfly

Nature is amazing. I have never understood how living tissue can be transparent, but obviously on this dragonfly, it is very much so. We can easily see right through the wings to the bushes beyond.

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Western Light: Monument Valley

The pictures you usually see of Monument Valley are the mittens against a brilliant blue sky. Not so recently, when Hurricane Paine was still shrouding the Southwest. Still, the mittens are impressive, even with cloud cover.

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Western Light: Fall Color Reflections

Autumn is coming. The dryer air, the cooler nights and the hint of changing color in the trees all attest to it. The

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Western Light: Jewels of Dew

We woke up to fog the other morning, a sure sign fall is on the way. Walking out on Wingfield Mesa, I was surprised to see the moisture from the fog had condensed on myriad spider webs in the brush on the mesa.

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Western Light: Monsoon Storms

There's no denying that this time of year, we get spectacular storms. Our skies, usually clear and blue, are now populated with dramatic clouds, crepuscular rays, rain shafts, rainbows and more. It's the time of year when I will go outside and look at the sky every hour or so, just because it changes so quickly and every change can be breath-stealing.

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Western Light: Deep Shade

This time of year, when the temperature soars and the sun is relentless, deep shade is becomes a haven.

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Western Light: Smoky Moon

With all the wildfires around us right now, we often get smoke drifting into the Verde Valley.

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Western Light: Reflections

Reflections on water can create numberless intricate effects. From the startling clarity of a glass-surfaced pond to the kaleidoscope of a funhouse mirror, reflections can enhance, disguise, stylize, or focus a subject beyond what any other background might do.

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Western Light: Basalt Columns

Took a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad the other day. We have such gorgeous, interesting scenery in our valley. So much of the Verde River channel is lined with basalt, the remnants of ancient volcanic activity.

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Western Light: Soft Water, Hard Rock

The new improvements to the Clear Creek waterways underneath Verde Lakes Drive yielded some very zen results. Once town crews were finished enlarging the spillways, they set several large boulders along the roadway.

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Western Light: Conjunctions

In astronomical terms, a conjunction happens anytime two or more objects in the sky come close together. Last month, the planets Venus, Jupiter and Mars were all together and doing a waltz across the sky, edging closer, then drifting apart over many days.

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