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Gallery 2-1 - Southwest Mountains and Canyons

    These are the scenes of the rugged Southwestern US.  They are unique, as the landscape itself is unique.  Although the snow in Alpine Glory and in No Way Through seems strange to those unfamiliar with the Southwest, the territory extends from well below sea level to miles above it.  In other scenes, the landscape seems on fire.  In every case, the scenes are real, very real, and it is the art of digitography that has brought them alive.  Be sure and check our other galleries;  they each overlap a little.

    For your convenience, we've placed only a few images on each page of this gallery.  When you are ready, go to pages 2, or 3 in this Gallery, or use the tags at the top to view other galleries on our site and place your order.           

Above the City

Above the City

Above the City.  A different world lives on the rocky hillsides thousands of feet above the city.  Here, the climate is different, with more frequent rain mixed with cooler weather.  But to flourish, a plant needs to be able to eagerly dig down beneath the rocks in the shorter growing seasons.  The hardy survive and flower, brightening their neighborhood in unusual showings of brilliant color.

 

Canyonland

Canyonland

Canyonland.  The spring season is just thriving.  Wherever you wander in this desert canyon, the plants are vibrant and lush.  There are still late-season flowers on the tall agave stalk and prickly pears, awaiting the opening of their brilliant blooms.  Meanwhile, on the desert floor, the brittlebush and grasses are already in full flower.  Savor it now, before the heat of the summer.

 

Canyon Passage

Canyon Passage

Canyon Passage.  To those from other places, the desert is a dry flat place best traversed by camel.  But the Sonoran Desert is made up of myriad mountain ranges and lovely slot canyons.  Here, the cool air whispers through, giving pleasant life to plants at the very bottom.  The sides are carved by ages of rain, sun and wind, providing us an amazing view through geological history.

 

Chiricahua Faraway Ranch

Chiricahua Faraway Ranch 

Chiricahua Faraway Ranch is located just at the entrance to the Chiricahua National Monument.  From here the incredible shapes of the Chiricahua mountain rocks can be seen looming in the distance.  But down below, this working ranch is dressed in early fall colors and the horses are enjoying the cool mountain weather.  It is time for your visit.

 

Column Garden

Column Garden

Column Garden.  Sedona is a magnificent meeting place.  Here the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert poke into the mountain highlands and dry desert of the Mogollon Rim beyond.  And here Oak Creek drains the uplands into the lush woodlands below.  This is Red Rock Country, an area surrounded by towering, weathered cliffs.

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