Melissa writes a photo blog that explores the beauty of Arizona, the Western US and the Western Hemisphere.
One thing the monsoon does for us is bring us clouds; glorious, rain-swollen clouds.
Spring is the time for color, and in Arizona, that color is more often than not yellow.
With the days warming rapidly (too rapidly!), we see more and more creatures out and about, taking advantage of the spring bounty
May is the time for cactus, normally so bland, so ordinary, to explode into magnificence.
Slot canyons are a distinctly Southwestern phenomena (although they do occur in other places around the world).
Cactus are the most remarkable of plants.
The vultures are back. Every spring we see them drifting lazily through our skies, wagging their wings on the breezes.
We've trained our dog to not grab at food, but to wait (sometimes patiently, sometimes not) for the "okay" signal before taking it.
Wood ducks are not normally known to include Arizona in their range, but then wood ducks don't read, either.
We've had a lot of Super Moons lately, it seems, and the moon just lends itself to dreamy, peaceful photography.