Fireworks

IMG_1235If you’ve seen one fireworks display, you’ve seen them all. And there is little that you can do with a photograph of fireworks that hasn’t already been done.

What is it about fireworks, that no matter how many displays you have seen in your life, you are drawn to watch them again? I have no desire to be in crowds or mob scenes. I hate being stuck in traffic and fighting the throng of vehicles to exit when the event is over. Continue reading »

Shrouded in mystery

cloudy mountain web 2 When I looked out my back door this morning, I knew I could waste no time in driving out to Idaho Rd and Lost Dutchman. This intersection offers one of the best unimpeded views of the Superstition Mountain.

Monsoon begins late June, early July and lasts until late September. The worst of it, or best depending on your point of view, is August when floodwaters wash away roads and people’s yards. Continue reading »

Apache Tears

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Oil on Canvas

Apache Leap, near Superior, AZ, has historical significance. Apache warriors, pursued by the US Cavalry, lept to their deaths from the cliffs rather than surrender.

At the base of the mountain, one can still find obsidian stones locally named Apache Tears. Apache legend has it that the stones are the tears from the widows and children. Continue reading »

Sunset

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Sunset over the Goldfield Mountains

Sunset.

Last night I explored the grounds of the Superstition Mountain Museum after hours. My intention was to capture the sunset, then later the Strawberry Moon as it rose over the Superstitions.

To be honest, I have seen more spectacular sunsets. Any sunset I see is good, it means I survived another day. It means I am not in jail. It means I can expect to see another sunrise. Continue reading »

Potpourri

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Lost Dutchman heading towards the Superstitions

Only mad dogs and Englishmen…
“But, it’s a dry heat.” So is my oven, tell that to the pot roast!

The temperatures are hovering around 110º F (43ºC).  There is a stiff breeze.  The sky is cloudless, not even a stray wisp of cirrus. What better excuse to take a short hike in the mountains? Continue reading »

The Dog Run

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The Dog Run
oil on canvas
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The Dog Run is a pseudo-dive bar in Apache Junction. In the summer months, it is a locals bar with several pool tables, dart boards, karaoke and a decent kitchen that closes early. During snowbird season, their fried cod all-you-can-eat specials crowd out the locals. Continue reading »

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