Valley of Fire

December 22, 2015 at 5:34 am (Nature, Nature photography, Nevada, Southwest Landscapes) (, )

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One of the most beautiful Western landscapes I’ve ever seen is in a Nevada state park that I would have missed if I hadn’t exchanged a little trail banter with a fellow hiker at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas this past May.

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The Valley of Fire State Park is aptly named, and the “fire” really shows its mettle at last light or in the day’s first kiss of sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona

December 14, 2015 at 6:00 am (National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Landscapes) (, , , , )

Organ Pipe cactus, Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona

Organ Pipe cactus, Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona

The distinctive organ pipe cactus is so sensitive to freezing temperatures that its northernmost range is in very southern Arizona in and near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. ¬†However, the most noticeable cactus is the saguaro. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ajo, Arizona

December 13, 2015 at 6:01 am (Bird photography, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Birds, Southwest Landscapes, Wildlife) (, , , )

Mule deer doe in saguaro forest

Mule deer doe in saguaro forest

Although I chose not to visit Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge with a heavily loaded minivan due to the rugged roads, I stopped at the refuge’s visitor center in Ajo, Arizona and found out about a loop drive that was much easier to navigate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kofa NWR – Arizona Landscapes

December 12, 2015 at 6:52 am (National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Southwest Landscapes) (, )

 

Kofa NWR, Arizona sunrise

Kofa NWR, Arizona sunrise

Any excuse for a road trip:  I moved to Oklahoma for a better job, and I stopped at some scenic places enroute.

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Almost as soon as I crossed from California into Arizona I started seeing saguaro cactus. Read the rest of this entry »

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