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Gallery 2-3 - 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.

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Moon Watch

Moon Watch

Moon Watch©.  The Harris hawks of Southern Arizona enjoy taking advantage of their ability to perch atop the giant saguaros while they scout for a morsel scurrying across the desert floor.  Mornings and evenings are the best times because thatís when the wildlife most enjoy the desert temperatures.  Here the moon has not yet set and the early sun lights up the chest of this sharp-eyed hawk.

Ocotillo Hillside

Ocotillo Hillside 

 Ocotillo Hillside.  There has been a little rain on the mountain, and the gangly ocotillos are celebrating by leafing out and igniting the bright scarlet torches on their tips.  In a month, the prickly pears will take over the mountainside with a profusion of yellow blooms.  In the meantime, a jack rabbit surveys the situation, unsure what makes the best lunch among all the possibilities being offered.

 

Snow in the Desert

  Snow in the Desert©.  Yes, it does snow in parts of the Sonoran Desert.  This particular part lies north of Tucson and east of Phoenix where a late winter storm has crested the Superstition Mountains and blown across the southern ridges of saguaro, sage and ocotillo.  The deer didnít look warm, but at least she had plenty of water.  The next day, the snow was completely gone.

 

Spider Rock

Spider Rock©. Think of it as a towering remnant of a by-gone era.  Spider Rock is all that remains within the enormous canyon carved out of rock by the seemingly tame stream on the floor of Canyon de Chelly.  Here distances are deceptive.  The rock towers over 1,000 feet above the valley, and the wall in the background is miles away. Watch out, donít get too close to the edge. 

 

 

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