|Lupines and Aspens, FR 610|
Monsoon season in Arizona can be a photographer’s dream with clouds and thunderstorms and this year we started early, skipping the dry heat we talk so much about. June was wet, too. The other side of that coin is the humidity, with dew points in the upper 60s, mosquitoes, and no evaporation to speak of. Seriously, why sweat if it doesn’t cool you?
The remedy, when my attitude reaches its limit, is altitude. Last weekend I cobbled together a road trip, partly with friends and sometimes alone.
I met Greg at the V Bar V Heritage site on Friday. It was his idea and it was a good one. I don’t know how many times I’ve driven by this place; it was certainly worth a stop, with more than 1,000 Sinagua petroglyphs. The image above depicts a solar planting calendar. The rocks were modified to cast a specific beam of light on the wall (which we were fortunate to witness; it lasts just a few minutes each day.) The light’s intersection with the zig-zag line at lower left is thought have guided the Sinagua about when to plant.
|Last Light on the Grand Falls|
Then we bounced (literally) along dirt roads to the Grand Falls of the Little Colorado River. I’d seen the falls several times from the air, but this was my first view from the ground.
|Lupines in the Forest, near FR 223|
|Clearing Storm Near Saddle Mountain, Grand Canyon|