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Sometimes a scene recommends itself for special and unusual treatment. With most of our work, we strive for exceptional beauty or an exceptional mood that enhances the meaning of the image. Still, sometimes an image evokes the need to leap beyond the usual constraints into abstract art and unusual visions of reality. These scenes are always real, sometimes hyper-real. and they have been taken to the level of a dream. We've been very sparing in this gallery. Dreams are the hardest images to capture and we've selected only the best. Take a deep breath, and then take a close look. Later, be sure and check our other galleries as well; they overlap a little.
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Old Times© are reflected in the landscape and ruins of the desert ghost town of Steins. The town sprang up to service the mines along the rail line connecting the cities of the desert southwest. But the riches of the mines donít last forever and a nearby freeway eventually bypassed the little town. Here is all that remains of old times, fun, while they lasted.
Old Tucson© requires a little imagination. Here is a movie set that mirrors the mindís picture of early 19th century Tucson. Surely there was a regular stage coach line running to Bisbee, Nogales, and Yuma, a post office and, by the middle of the century, a fair share of watering holes. The horse and road runner are residents of the 21st century, but surely related to those who came before.
On the Loose
On the Loose. Speckled donkeys arenít seen very often in Saguaro National Park. This little kid seems to be enjoying a few minutes to wander some forbidden trails before he is recaptured. This is a rare day with a low snow line on the Catalinas, and the donkey is probably enjoying the fresh, cool air.
On the Wing
On the Wing©. Evening is the time when the desert begins to cool and life often seems to begin again. Here, the remains of an old saguaro reach their tendrils into the sunset sky. Then, suddenly, with just the whisper of wind, a hawk passes by, on its way toward some unsuspecting rabbit or mouse.
Poker Face©. Does he have the winning card? Maybe itís the one up his sleeve. On the other hand, the bottle and the sort of clever grin suggest this might be a bluff. Quick! Call his bluff before he falls back to asleep.
Rising from the Desert
Rising from the Desert©. Grosvenor Arch in the Grand Staircase National Monument provides an incredible backdrop for this little lizard. The guy is decked out in his spring colors hoping to impress a mate with his beautyóand of course with his ability to do his pushups on the top of the volcanic rock.
Well-Armed. Sometime between 40 and 100 years old, saguaros usually begin to grow a few branches. Usually, they start high up in the plant and grow outward. This astonishing saguaro seems to be one-of-a-kind. Instead of a few arms rising from the middle or top, It has seemingly decided to sprout dozens of healthy arms starting at the very bottom. Perhaps it just enjoys our amazement.
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