Arizona

Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona

Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona by Anne McKinnell

Another one of the fantastic state parks we discovered in Arizona this year is Picacho Peak State Park, which is just south of Tucson. It’s a landmark we noticed last year when we were driving by and we made a point of exploring it this year. It has a beautiful campground with huge sites and […]

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Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains, Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona by Anne McKinnell

One of the best things about RVing is that you meet people along the way who tell you their stories of places they have been. It’s not hard to discover the best places to go because they keep coming up in conversation. The Superstition Mountains in Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona, is one of the […]

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The Organ Pipe Cactus

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, by Anne McKinnell

I like going to new places. Of course, there are favourite spots from previous trips that are impossible to drive past, places I could visit again and again like Joshua Tree National Park. But as much as possible I like to discover new things, blaze new trails, and explore places previous unexplored (at least by […]

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Sunset on a Sleeping Princess

Sunset on Sleeping Princess by Anne McKinnell

Our favourite new campsite is a BLM site called Gunsight Wash near Organ Pipe Catus National Monument. In the distant hills is a formation known as the sleeping princess, and we had a great view of her right from our site as the sun set behind her. Imagine her lying on her back, the sun […]

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A Typical Desert Scene

A typical desert scene in Organ Pipe National Monument by Anne McKinnell

As a landscape photographer, one of the things you’ll find yourself doing a lot is waiting. Once you find your perfect location, you must wait for the light to be just right. While you’re waiting, take a good look around. The light might not be perfect on the scene you’ve planned, but it might be […]

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Gila Woodpeckers and Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus Birds Nest by Anne McKinnell

I always see Gila Woodpeckers on the Saguaros everywhere we go in Arizona. I don’t know how they manage to perch themselves against so many spiny needles! You even see them standing on the very top of the cactus as if they are smooth telephone poles. Believe me, they are anything but smooth! Please click […]

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Ocotillo Abstract

Ocotillo Abstract by Anne McKinnell

At our BLM campsite in Gunsight Wash, near Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona, it was one of those sunsets where there is just a tiny strip of colour next to the horizon. To make the most of it, I decided to use my telephoto lens so the colours would fill the frame and then I […]

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The Lush Desert in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona, by Anne McKinnell

Last year we missed visiting Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, during our snowbird season. It lies in southern Arizona right against the border with Mexico. We weren’t too sure about it since we had been warned that there are lots of “illegals” crossing the border there and it can be dangerous. After doing some […]

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Last Light on Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro cactus at sunset by Anne McKinnell

On one of our first nights visiting Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona some clouds rolled in. It was quite unusual! So Ray and I drove into the park and found an area with lots of Saguaros to photograph. There are actually more Saguaros here than in Saguaro National Park! The light was grey, but […]

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Chain Fruit Cholla

Chain Fruit Cholla by Anne McKinnell

A cactus can be hard to photograph. Usually when I am photographing anything I am looking for a good graphic design, interesting lines and textures, and a clean background. With a cactus, you have the textures covered, but often the lines are anything but uniform and the background is often full of scrubby brush that […]

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Southwest Blue

Saguaro cactus at twilight by Anne McKinnell

The American southwest is so red and green, with the rocks and the cacti, except at twilight when the pastel blues of the twilight sky cover the reds and greens like a baby’s blanket. I made this photo just down the road from our campsite in the Plomosa BLM in Quartzsite, Arizona. Please click the […]

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Full Moon over RVs in Quartzsite, Arizona

Full Moon Over RVs by Anne McKinnell

Quartzsite, Arizona, is a small town of only a few thousand people. Until the snowbirds arrive. In January and February the tiny town hosts over 1.5 million tourists, most of them RVers. We arrived a few days before the giant RV show which is held in the town every year. We picked out our spot […]

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Cactus Forest in Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park by Anne McKinnell

This winter we are trying to visit the National Parks in the southwest that we missed last year so, after our visit to San Diego, we decided to head over to Saguaro National Park in Arizona. The park is divided into two separate sections with the city of Tucson and it’s one million residents in […]

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On The Road Again

Monument Valley, Arizona

♬ Start spreading the news … we’re leaving today ♬ I always think of that song when embarking on a new adventure! I’m glad we’re not going to New York though! To all my photo friends on the east coast our thoughts are with you as we watch what you are going through with the […]

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Last Sunset in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

On our last day in Sedona, Arizona, we went up to the overlook at the airport to watch the sunset behind the city. Please click the image to view a larger version. There were lots of people up there, lined up shoulder to shoulder, so I walked down the hill a little way to get […]

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Rock Formations in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

At sunrise and sunset the rocks surrounding Sedona, Arizona, glow with shades of red and orange. Add a few clouds in the sky and you can get some dramatic landscape images. But even on a blue sky day, the contrast between the red and blue also makes for some stunning scenery. Here are some of […]

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Two Lucky Shots of Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock, Red Rock Crossing, Sedona, Arizona

I planned my visit to Red Rock Crossing in the late afternoon. Just enough time to get there, walk around to see everything, and enjoy a picnic dinner before picking my location for sunset. I almost didn’t go when I saw the dark storm clouds coming before I left the RV park. But the location […]

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Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona

Cathedral Rock, Red Rock Crossing, Sedona, Arizona

The most iconic image of Sedona, Arizona, has to be Cathedral Rock. It costs $9 to access Red Rock Crossing, which almost deterred me from going, but I just couldn’t go home without my iconic shot. I like icons. Please click the images to view larger versions. You can photograph Cathedral Rock from many different […]

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Sunset in Sedona, Arizona (and free camping)

Sedona, Arizona

This week I have some images from Sedona, Arizona, to share with you. My husband and I spent two weeks there relaxing, swimming in the pool at the RV park, and exploring the many hiking trails, mountains, canyons and streams in Red Rock Country. Why so long? Free camping! We became members of “Thousand Trails” […]

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Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post about the painted desert, millions of years ago this land was covered in a lush thick forest. Over 200 million years ago actually. Today, as the painted desert erodes, it exposes the fossilized artifacts of the ancient forest. It is the world’s largest concentration of petrified wood. 200 million […]

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The Painted Desert, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Monument, Arizona

The painted desert covers a huge expanse of Arizona from the Grand Canyon to the Petrified Forest. It is vast landscape of rainbow coloured badland hills and buttes that resembles an abstract painting on earth’s canvas. Please click the images to view larger versions. This particular section of the painted desert is inside the bounds […]

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Have You Slept In A Wigwam Lately?

Wigwam Hotel, Holbrook, Arizona

Along the historic Route 66 as it goes through Holbrook, Arizona, there is one attraction you cannot miss: The Wigwam Motel. We saw it as we drove by during the day and decided to return at night hoping it would be lit up. Please click the images to view larger versions. After lurking about in […]

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Antelope Canyons, Arizona

The Cat's Eye

This past spring I decided I needed a change of scenery.  To challenge myself photographically I looked for a place that was as different to home as possible.  I travelled to a small town named Page in northern Arizona, population 9,000.  It was home base for my photographic journey, which included Lake Powell, the Colorado […]

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