Ancient Ruins of Arizona's Verde Valley

 There are three ruin sites in the Verde Valley that are National Monuments. They are Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, and Tuzigoot. These sites were inhabited by the Southern Sinagua between 1000 and 1400. The Southern Sinagua were farmers, and the Verde Valley's water and soil gave them what they needed to thrive.

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The Story of Alabama Hills’ Shark’s Fin

Lone Pine California is the home of the Alabama Hills. This small town on highway 395 in the Owens Valley for the Eastern Sierra is the gateway to the Alabama Hills Recreation Area and the Mount Whitney Portal. It has a good number of hotels and motels to accommodate the visitors to the area ...

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The Hidden National Park

The title of this blog reflects the natural markers of this National Park. Driving on I-40 in northeastern Arizona, you see a landscape of high desert with subtle tones of gray-green and brown desert foliage. You don't see high mountains, tall trees, deep canyons, massive dunes, or huge signs letting you know you're approaching a national park. You do see a medium-sized brown and white sign reading Petrified Forest National Park.

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The Grand Canyon: A Big Subject

I couldn't agree with John Wesley Powell more: the Grand Canyon is beyond possible ways to speak about or photograph it. However, that does not stop us from trying to talk about and shoot its vast beauty.

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My Photography Journey

My life as a photographer started with a photography class at Oklahoma State University. I was an engineering student, but I had always had a fascination for cameras.  Before taking the photography class, I had used one of those little black boxes: a Kodak Baby Brownie. It was one that my older brother had. I'd look through it and take pictures without film ... only to capture the image in my mind. … One of the joys of posting on social media is when someone comments about how an image recalled a fond memory or uplifted their spirit.

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