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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.  

         

Ancient Gila Cliff House

Ancient Gila Cliff House 

Ancient Gila Cliff House.  Walk up the steep steps to this ancient structure carved from a cave overlooking the Gila River.  Marvel about how the Indian Mogollon Culture hunted across the desert below and grew their crops along the riverside.  Why did they leave? 

 

 

Better Walk Around

Better Walk Around

Better Walk Around.  Aah, it seems that the trail doesn’t go this way.  But before you turn, take a closer look at the picture created by the desert before you.  It is summertime, and the tops of the barrels seem to be on fire.  Their blooms are joined by the ocotillos, brittle brush, and even the trees beyond.

 

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.

Canyon Edge Morning

Canyon Edge Morning

Canyon Edge Morning.  You’ve been camping on the very edge of the Black Canyon--one of the deepest river canyons in the nation.  Here, the canyon’s ravine seems to stretch off into the distance forever, accompanied by a touch of morning haze.  Enjoy this time, as your edge is already beginning to glow with the rising sun.

 

    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.

 

 

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 out—first with green buds and then, increasingly, with delicate bright golden flowers.  The bird at the very top is already enjoying the buds.

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