Canyon Sunset. If you are lucky enough to have explored the Grand Canyon or any of the other canyons of the West, on foot, by mule or by boat, you know it is an experience you will never forget. You also know you want to go back.
I’ve done all three. . . and each trip was too short. You can’t take it all in no matter how many trips you make.
The stunning red sandstone arch anchors the Capitol of the Navajo Nation, in the town named after it, Window Rock, Az. The 60′ arch was formed by weathering: freezing and thawing which took a small pothole on the back of the arch to a larger and larger opening. A small spring under the arch and pottery shards indicate the area has sheltered Native Americans for over a thousand years.
That Monk is praying day and night. You’ll find this stone outcropping on the northwest side of Camelback Mountain, a landmark that divides Paradise Valley from Phoenix. His silhouette can be seen for miles from East or West.
Mining Town is Jerome, Arizona, where my great uncle sold real estate. Even though he died when I was young, his stories fueled my childhood and I was drawn to the romance of the West when it really was the ‘Wild West.’
The Road Less Traveled. This remote byway might be the one that my daughter and her mountain biking friends found last weekend. Arizona is full of wonderful mountain roads that criss-cross our state, perfect for hikers and bikers.
Remember: Always carry more water than you think you’ll need and don’t forget your cell phone!
Storm Over Milk Ranch Point: Mountain storms can turn the landscape every color in my paint box: a brilliant red or a lustrous gold, green or purple. You need to be ready with your camera; once you run inside to get it. . .the colors have faded.
This small painting was picked for an exhibition because, the juror said, it was a “gentle painting.” We do have rainy days. . .and we savor them. The landscape, even the cactus can look soft and cuddly. Word of warning: don’t be fooled. . . “
Red Mountain is a Mesa, AZ landmark but you can see it better from the north, going east on Shea in Fountain Hills. Yes, this is where the Red Mountain Freeway, also known as Highway 202 through Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix, got its name.
Milk Ranch Point, just south of Pine, Arizona, was named for a dairy that used the flat top of the mountain for its pasture. Boys looking for strayed dairy cows discovered them munching grass on a wide plateau high above the dairy. Soon after, the dairy operation was moved uphill.
The Monk on Camelback Mountain is a calming figure. He looks the same from the East or West; you can see him miles from away. Hopefully, he will always be there and not collapse like New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain.