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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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Western Light: Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is a stunning example of the power of simple elements like wind and water to shape and sculpt formations in stone.

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Western Light: Cactus Flower

This cactus flower, a hybrid trichocereus called a Flying Saucer, blooms at night because it is pollinated by bats, not by bees and butterflies that are out by day.

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Western Light: Water

Water has an amazing capacity for taking on a multitude of colors, tones, textures and reflective qualities.

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Western Light: Water

Water has an amazing capacity for taking on a multitude of colors, tones, textures and reflective qualities.

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Western Light: Ephemeral quality of grass against the eternity

The ephemeral quality of grass against the eternity of stone, just a reminder that Nature is hard and fragile, fleeting and eternal, changeless and changing all at once and forever.

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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.