ARIZONA

December, 2005

Arizona's nickname, "The Grand Canyon State", proudly honors one of the world's most stunning natural spectacles... But the name also mildly implies that Arizona has little more to experience. Let it be known that America's 48th state has an incredibly diverse array of environments and scenery. Within a few highway hours, visitors will encounter forests filled with stately saguaro cactus, regal Joshua tree, mighty ponderosa pine or charismatic juniper. There's a meteor impact crater similar to one you'd see on the moon... a "forest" filled with trees that have turned to beautifully colored stone... and a desert that has been masterfully "painted" by Mother Nature. Arizona is filled with well-preserved ruins created by those who were here long before us. And London Bridge did not fall down... it was transported and reconstructed in a small Arizona town on the Colorado River.

   
 

I had the good fortune to spend a few days in this great state in mid-December, 2005. Here are some of the scenic highlights... (CLICK ON THUMBNAILS FOR LARGER IMAGES... CLICK ON HEADINGS FOR WEBSITE LINKS)

     

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  Saguaro National Park - near Tucson...
     
 

PARK ENTRANCE

  SAGUARO CACTUS   SAGUARO N.P. LANDSCAPE
           
     
  SAGUARO CACTUS   SAGUARO CACTUS   SAGUARO CACTUS
     

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  Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Tucson...
     
  MUSEUM ENTRANCE   CAVE   BIG PRAIRIE DOG
           
     
  AGAVE - A.K.A. CENTURY PLANT   COATI   ORGAN PIPE CACTUS
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Sunset Crater National Monument - north of Flagstaff...

     
  PARK ENTRANCE   SUNSET CRATER   SUNSET CRATER
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Wupatki National Monument - north of Flagstaff...

     
  PARK ENTRANCE   PUEBLO   PUEBLO
     

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  PUEBLO   COMMUNITY AREA   PUEBLO
           
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  Grand Canyon National Park...
     
  PARK ENTRANCE   OBSERVATION TOWER   THE GRAND CANYON
           
     
  GRAND CANYON   GRAND CANYON   GRAND CANYON
           
     
  GRAND CANYON   GRAND CANYON MORNING   SUNRISE OVER THE GRAND CANYON
           
         
  GRAND CANYON SUNRISE        
   

MORE PHOTOS... PLUS WRITEUPS:

  SEDONA - A Peaceful Utopia Among The Red Rocks
  MONTEZUMA CASTLE NATIONAL MONUMENT - Life In A 5-Story Cliff Dwelling
  PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK - Mother Nature Shows Her Artistic Side
  METEOR CRATER - World's Best Preserved Impact Crater
   
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