Desert View Tower

2017 April 23
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The watchtower was the last of the series of Mary Colter-designed visitor concession structures at the Grand Canyon until her renovation of the Bright Angel Lodge in 1935. The tower was designed to resemble an Ancient Pueblo Peoples watchtower, but its size dwarfs any known Pueblan-built tower. The closest prototypes for such a structure may be found at Hovenweep National Monument. The structure is composed of a circular coursed masonry tower rising from a rubble base. The base was intentionally designed to convey a partly ruinous appearance, perhaps of an older structure on which the watchtower was later built. The base is arranged within a large circle with the tower to the north. Tiny windows are irregularly disposed, some of which are themselves irregular in shape. The main space is the Kiva Room in the base structure, apparently roofed with logs that were salvaged from the old Grandview Hotel. The ceiling is a false structure concealing the roof structure that supports an observation deck. The Kiva Room features a fireplace with a large picture window directly above where the chimney would ordinarily go. Smoke is drawn away through an offset, concealed flue. The room still contains its original furnishings, which are part of the historic designation. A separate, apparently ruinous structure was actually built in that form to provide a storage place for firewood.

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Grand Canyon

2017 April 21
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The Grand Canyon (Hopi: Ongtupqa; Yavapai: Wi:kaʼi:la, Navajo: Tsékooh Hatsoh, Spanish: Gran Cañón) is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in the U.S. state of Arizona in North America. It is contained within and managed by Grand Canyon National Park, the Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, the Hualapai Tribal Nation, the Havasupai people and the Navajo Nation. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited it on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters). Nearly two billion years of Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While some aspects about the history of incision of the canyon are debated by geologists, several recent studies support the hypothesis that the Colorado River established its course through the area about 5 to 6 million years ago. Since that time, the Colorado River has driven the down-cutting of the tributaries and retreat of the cliffs, simultaneously deepening and widening the canyon.

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Desert Botanical Garden

2017 April 19
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The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acres (57 ha) botanical garden located in Papago Park, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, central Arizona.

Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937 and established at this site in 1939, the garden now has more than 21,000 plants, in more than 4000 taxa, one-third of which are native to the area, including 139 species which are rare, threatened or endangered.

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Devils Bridge Set 3

2017 April 17
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Here is the final set of pictures from Devils Bridge.

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Devils Bridge Set 2

2017 April 15
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Here is the second set of pictures from Devils Bridge.

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Devils Bridge

2017 April 13
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Devil's Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area. Don't let its name fool you: it's one of the most heavenly sights in an area famous for them.

From a trailhead elevation of 4,600 feet, there's a mere 400 foot climb in altitude during this moderately difficult, 1.8-mile round trip trek. The journey to reach the top won't leave you breathless -- but we would never say the same about the views you'll witness when you finally get there.

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Chapel of the Holy Cross

2017 April 11
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The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic chapel built into the buttes of Sedona, Arizona, run by the Diocese of Phoenix, as a part of St. John Vianney Parish in Sedona.

Compared to the churches in Europe this one is a new kid on the block, but this was definitely a work of art. Built on and into the rock it sits on and with a view that invokes awe this is a fantastic place.

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Antelope Canyon

2017 April 09
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Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as "Upper Antelope Canyon" or "The Crack"; and "Antelope Canyon" or "The Corkscrew".

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks". Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí (advertised as "Hasdestwazi" by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or "spiral rock arches". Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

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Casa Grande

2017 April 07
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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (O'odham: Siwañ Waʼa Ki: or Sivan Vahki), in Coolidge, Arizona, just northeast of the city of Casa Grande, preserves a group of Ancient Pueblo Peoples Hohokam structures of the Pueblo III and Pueblo IV Eras.

The national monument consists of the ruins of multiple structures surrounded by a compound wall constructed by the ancient people of the Hohokam period, who farmed the Gila Valley in the early 13th century. "Archeologists have discovered evidence that the ancient Sonoran Desert people who built the Casa Grande also developed wide-scale irrigation farming and extensive trade connections which lasted over a thousand years until about 1450 C.E."

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Table Top

2017 April 05
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This is at the top of the Summit at the airport. It is a nice flat area on the rocks that gives you some amazing views of Sedona.

For those who are not into hiking, not sure why you would be in Sedona, but for those who do not want to spend hours on a trail this is perfect for you. It is a simple less than a quarter mile walk to the top of this rock.

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Banjo Bill

2017 April 03
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Banjo Bill is simply a campground area off of 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff Arizona. If you are driving too fast you will simply go by and not even see it. But that would be a mistake.

This place runs right next to Oak Creek, which on any day would make it worth it but because of the rain it was even better.

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Aqua Fria

2017 March 27
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This happened on day 2, but to me this was when the vacation truly began. When I went to rent a vehicle, I had reserved a intermediate or some shit car, and they offered me a upgrade to a BRAND NEW Jeep Wrangler. By simply just being nice to the person attending to me, she was able to get it for a mere more than 200 dollars more than what the crappy vehicle would have cost.

So of course I jumped at this, as you will find out in late posts this trip was very much prepaid, so this expense was minor. Here I was given a 4x4 Jeep, brand new with only 3 miles on it, how could I possibly say no.

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Bell Rock

2017 March 25
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From the previous post you would have seen Bell Rock and others rock formations at night. So of course I had to show you them in the daytime. I wanted to make sure everyone knew how beautiful these places were.

Around this beauty outside of Sedona in Oak Creek, you just seem to forget everything else. I mean how could you not, every direction you look is just another beautiful view. You almost overwhelm your brain with the beauty and it does not have enough capacity for anything else.

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Bell Rock at Night

2017 March 23
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Before leaving for Arizona in talking with someone I work with about night photography. I had tried this before with the super moon, sort of, but the conversation had piqued my interest.

So a few dozen YouTube videos and I had an idea of what it takes. Now no matter what I knew still have to put it into practice.

So a beautiful clear night in Sedona, Arizona, I decided to do just that. I found a beautiful spot, set up the tripod, worked on my camera settings and I was off. the results are what you see below.

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Arizona

2017 February 28
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I just wanted to throw a quick note up about my most recent trip to Arizona. This was a much needed vacation and I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to spend 10 days and 9 nights going all over the state.

Of course this site will benefit with the thousands of pictures of all the places I visited. Those will be coming as soon as I can start editing them.

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