WPC: Landscapes of Arizona

For this week’s challenge, I have chosen pictures I took last December in Arizona. We traversed the state from Tucson and south, to the Grand Canyon, visiting Phoenix and Sedona in between.

We took a day trip to Tombstone and Bisbee. Bisbee is a picturesque town nestled in the mountains south of Tucson; it gets freezing temperatures and snow every year! It was cold the day we were there, but no snow.

KODAK Digital Still Camera
Bisbee, AZ from lookout point
Copper mine pit
Copper mine pit (now defunct), Bisbee – there’s a sort of beauty in its ugliness, a defilement of the land. Bisbee had its heyday during the copper mining boom.

Tucson: We spent a week in Tucson, with also unusually cold weather. We visited a cousin of mine who lives in a planned community called Milagro. Our last day there, we finally had perfect weather, and went hiking in Sabino Canyon, which has many photo opps of scenic landscapes!

KODAK Digital Still Camera
Ocotillo fence (a live plant) at Milagro community, with Tucson and the mountains beyond.
Tranquility on Sabino Creek (Sabino Canyon), AZ
Painter in the landscape
A landscape painter in the landscape: Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ

It isn’t uncommon in Arizona, with its breathtaking landscapes, to see artists who have set up their easels to paint the scene. We saw another such painter in Sedona and at the Grand Canyon.

Sedona, AZ – red rocks in the distance, taken from a parking lot on the campus of Verde Valley School (where I attended high school).
Iconic Sedona scene (where we saw another painter, not in this photo), showing Cathedral Rock as the backdrop at Red Rock Crossing (of Oak Creek). This crossing is now blocked off, but I have many memories of time spent here.

Finally we reached the Grand Canyon – at night. The next morning, we saw that about two inches of snow had fallen during the night! It was a very cold day, but I had never seen the Grand Canyon in the winter before. The snow on the cliffs adds a stark beauty. We drove west on a snow-covered road along the South Rim.

I couldn’t decide among these pictures – is there such a thing as a “bad” landscape picture at the Grand Canyon??

Clouds hover on top of the buttes of the mighty canyon. The colors range from white to dark rust and green.
I like the 3 distinct layers in this photo: foreground – ravens in snow; middle – snow-covered cliff dotted with trees; background – the variety of shapes and colors of the canyon under a gray cloudy sky.

These ravens weren’t in the least bit shy. We got out of our car to admire the view, and they didn’t fly off, just sat there eyeing us with curiosity.

KODAK Digital Still Camera
Light and shadow shift as the clouds drift above, allowing an occasional patch of sunlight to shine through.
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Shades of brown and green mingle with white.
The canyon’s vastness can be imagined here – that blue ridge far in the distance is the North Rim! Beyond is a mountain range, part of the southern Rockies.
The Colorado River is visible on the right. This picture was taken from the tower.

It amazes me, looking at the Colorado River from above, that it was responsible for carving this majestic place, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. What will this canyon look like a million years in the future?


Note: Most of the pictures were taken with a Kodak Digital camera. Some were taken with a Samsung Galaxy 5.


7 thoughts on “WPC: Landscapes of Arizona

  1. The multilayered ‘ravens in the snow’ at the Canyon is just such a beautiful photograph. Did you realize when you were taking it that it was going to be so deep and dimensional?
    All of the photos are just stunning. The painter in Sabina Canyon is delicious. Thank you for sharing. 🐞

    1. Thanks, JoHanna! I had no idea that that particular photo was going to come out the way it did. I usually download all my pictures onto my computer when I get back from a trip, then look at each one and decide whether to edit it, keep it as is, or delete it. When I went to look for just a few pictures for this post, I noticed the multilayered look of that photo for the first time.

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