1/13/07 2:08PM - Tombstone, Arizona looking south. A bit too today chilly for those parts, so not many tourists wandering up and down the streets.
1/13/07 2:08PM - Tombstone, Arizona looking north. All right, my visit there was pretty brief. Had other places to be the next morning so I couldn't stay long.
1/14/07 - Along US-89 between Wickenburg and Prescott, Arizona the early morning sun brightens the tops of nearby hills as I proceed toward Clarkdale, Arizona the the Verde Canyon R.R.
1/14/07 - Two of the things that fascinate me about desert country - vegetation and the geology/topography. Saw many of these Junipers in my travels.
1/15/07 - The day after riding the Verde Canyon R.R. out of Clarkdale, Arizona I was headed north toward Moab, Utah. This column of red rock was just off Highway 163 a little north of Kayenta, Arizona.
1/15/07 - Just a little farther up US-163 were these remnants of an ancient plateau.
1/15/07 - Still more of the red rock that I had come thousands of miles to photograph, along with the snow that I had hoped to include in my scenes.
1/15/07 - Thanks to the 12x telephoto, individual formations could be photographed separately.
1/15/07 - This scene has appeared in many photographs, most taken under better lighting conditions than this.
1/17/07 - A variation on the previous photo.
1/15/07 - Mexican Hat Rock as viewed from the south side. This is just a mile or so north of the little town of Mexican Hat, Utah.
1/15/07 - More of the rock formations to be seen in the vicinity of Mexican Hat Rock.
Mexican Hat Rock
1/15/07 - Another view of Mexican Hat Rock, albeit with power lines obscuring the view.
1/15/07 - And still one more view of Mexican Hat Rock, with the nearby mountainside providing a multi-colored backdrop.
1/15/07 - Many miles after leaving Mexican Hat and climbing to the top of Cedar Mesa via Moki Dugway, this slickrock formation was spotted on the north side of Utah Hwy. 95.
1/16/07 - After a quick tour of Arches N. P., it was back south to Utah Hwy. 128 to turn upstream toward Grand Junction, Colorado, following the Colorado River through this canyon.
1/16/07 - Another view of UT-128 along the Colorado River.
1/16/07 - Out of the canyon, the valley begins to broaden and level out.
1/16/07 - The broad, flat, valley floor is home to ranches - both working and fancy "dude" ranches.
1/17/07 - A few miles south of Alpine, Arizona US-191 continues into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, ascend and descending via some particularly interesting (for a motorcyclist, at least) roads.
1/17/07 - Just outside Clifton, Arizona this huge open pit copper mine, belonging to Phelps Dodge, occupies thousands of acres in the mountainous terrain.
1/17/07 - Just to the left of the center of the photo can be seen tiny pieces of equipment that are actually huge earthmovers, as seen in the next photo.
1/17/07 - As a steady progression of trucks haul waste to this dump, a Caterpillar tractor pushes it over the edge, continually expanding this pad.
1/17/07 - To the right of the center can be seen two of the large mine dump trucks approaching a shovel. The next photo brings them closer, showing more clearly their immense size.
1/17/07 - A man standing next to the tires of one of those trucks would be less than half the height of the tire.
1/17/07 - Looking east across the mine to the distant mountains, the peaks of which are in New Mexico.
1/17/07 - One last look across the huge mine, only a fraction of which can be seen from this viewpoint along US-191.
1/18/07 - After viewing much of the broken red rock from ground level, it was interesting to view it again from far above, as the jet carried me to Seattle.
1/18/07 - Both of these aerial shots definitely need to be viewed at "original" size to be appreciated.