Arizona Highways Friday Foto - My Images Used During August Themes
Special thanks to Arizona Highways Magazine for the various images of mine they used in their weekly August 2014 themes. Below is a recap. If you wish to see the image in the viewer on their site, simply click each image to view it in their gallery viewer. If you would like to see the entire blog, ether scroll through left or right, or click the close-x button in upper left to return to their full blog post.
Arizona Highways Friday Foto - There's A Storm Coming
Theme this week was "Stormy Weather"
"Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity." ~ Joseph Addison
Photographed from McFadden peak, which is another place that is in my "backyard" on the edge of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness, in the Tonto National Forest. If the lightning strike was not there, you would see the outline of Four Peaks mountain range in its place...the thrust of this storm was centered right over my land, and while trying to ride the storm out, I gave up when the hail started, and escaped 5 miles north to this peak where I could watch the storm above. When I returned to my land the storm was over, and the other locals in the area told me that was the worst in 2 years. And while falling asleep to the sound of running flood washes nearby and the drip of rain on the tent from the Oak and Pine trees above, I was in perpetual serenity.
Arizona Highways Friday Foto - Fine Furry Friends
Theme this week was "Mammals"
The Majesty Of A Mother's Love
"No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star." ~ Edwin Hubbell Chapin.
Big Horn Sheep ewe and lamb photographed on Parker Bluffs, North of Roosevelt Lake, Tonto National Forest, Arizona. Lambing seasons vary by location and year. Desert bighorn lambs are usually born in January-June, with the majority of births in February-April. The lambing season for bighorn sheep in colder climates is more concentrated and most births occur in April-June. Prior to giving birth, adult ewes isolate themselves in steep rocky areas. Newborn lambs weigh 8-10 pounds and can walk within hours after birth, however they are dependent upon steep terrain for protection from predators. Lambs follow their mothers for the first year of life to learn their home range and behavior.
The Great Spirit Within Us
"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us." ~ Black Elk, Sioux Holyman
I was fortunate to stumble upon this young bull elk foraging on the edge of forest, upon old apple trees long since planted by ranchers in this area's early days. Having many long moments with this elk, I began to feel connected to him; not just the experience of him and being present to the moment, but connected with the beast itself -- and the Great Spirit within us.
Photographed near Workman Creek, of the Tonto National Forest, Arizona.
Arizona Highways Friday Foto - Wild Arizona
Theme was WILDERNESS.
Thy Bounty Shines
"Thy bounty shines in autumn unconfined, and spreads a common feast for all that live." ~ James Thomson
While photographing Arizona Autumn colors near Flagstaff, Arizona, my eyes were becoming full of the gold colored feast of the senses, so when this young Cooper's Hawk flew by me and perched nearby looking for his own Autumnal bounty, I realized the feast was not just my own, but for all that lived.
Arizona Highways Friday Foto - The North Remembers
Theme was "North of Interstate 40 in Arizona".
Autumn On Havasu Creek
Yes, the water in Havasu Creek, located in the Havasupai Native American reservation in the Western end of the Grand Canyon, is actually this color blue. Havasupai translated means “land of the blue-green water” and the creek is well known for this color and distinctive travertine formations. This is due to large amounts of calcium carbonate in the water that formed the limestone that lines the creek and reflects its color so strongly. This also gives the creek an interesting feature as it is ever changing. This occurs because any items that fall into the stream mineralize very quickly, causing new formations and changing the flow of the water. This causes the creek to never look the same from one year to another. The creek runs through the village of Supai, and it ultimately flows into the Colorado River.
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