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Gallery 2-2 - 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 1, or 3 in this Gallery, or use the tags at the top to view other galleries on our site and place your order.

 

Desert Greenery

Desert Greenery

Desert Greenery©.  Wander through the canyon in the early morning.  Just now, the sun is peering over the canyon edge, suddenly warming you.  When you glance up, you notice an amazing sight:  a column of giant saguaros march up the canyon wall.  Each is back-lit by the rising sun, but their feet are still in the shadow of the rocky cliff edges.  The canyon has become resplendent with shades of light!

 

Desert Overlook

Desert Overlook 

Desert Overlook©.  Look from the Tucson Mountains west to the next mountain range.  The valley between seems flat and plain from here.  But any thoughts of this are forgotten in the realization that every step of the Sonoran desert is alive with plants and animals.  Here a giant agave has staked its claim, beginning to flower outófirst with green buds and then, increasingly, with delicate bright golden flowers.  The bird at the very top is already enjoying the buds.

 

Dove Mountain Springtime

Dove Mountain Springtime  

 Dove Mountain Springtime©.  Wander an old Indian trail into the weathered granite cliffs of the Tortolita Mountains.  Within an hourís hike, ravines and washes of startlingly diverse color begin to appear.  Nestled in the rocks are parches of bright gold Mexican poppies and flaming red Indian paintbrush.  A little further on are a dozen of varieties of other seldom-seen wild flowers.

 

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

 Grand Canyon©.  Edge of the canyon.  Still a little snow up here in the crisp early spring weather well over a mile above the river rushing below.  Sky is dappled with an approaching weather front.  Button your jacket and enjoy the soft colors of the scene before they fade in the oncoming evening light.

 

Majestic Catalinas

Majestic Catalinas

Majestic Catalinas©.  There they are, rising to over 9,000 feet, an island of amazing wildlife and vegetation in the midst of the Sonoran Desert.  This lovely view of the Catalinas is from the edge of Honeybee Canyon, looking across the valley.  And while we take it in, the overlook is also enjoyed by a tiny ground squirrel perched at the very top of the rocky cairn.

 

 

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