August in the Phoenix metro area is uninspiring, or worse. 110s this week and humid. Mosquitoes. Perpetual air conditioning.
I have a very kind friend who issued an open invitation (last November, no less) to come up and photograph with him near his home in Pine, AZ (5500 ft elevation). I accepted. Sunday night I camped in 50 degree temps, and Monday we had a delightful day.
We shot sunrise at Woods Canyon lake, explored Tonto Falls and Tonto natural bridge, and he generously let me play with his infrared camera. No great works of art there during my first attempt, but I had a good time doing it.
It was still hot when I got home, but my attitude was better.