Arizona Landscape

Arizona Landscape
Arizona Landscape, 2008. Processed 2011.
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Clouds and scruffy hills and twiggy trees. The day was actually bright and blue, which goes to show that black and white can do whatever the hell it wants. Stella, of “The Uninvited”, will appear any moment and race to the right, seeking the cliff off which she must leap, pursued by the ghost of her mother, Mary, but the Grand Canyon is miles away.

From the Petrified Forest to Snowflake, Arizona, 2008, processed 2011 (2 views plus words of all things)

2008, Snowflake, Arizona, processed 2011
From the Petrified Forest to Snowflake, Arizona, 2008, processed 2011
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2008, Toward Snowflake Arizona, from the Petrified Forest
2008, Near Snowflake, Arizona, processed 2011
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Because Thunderbird and the Ball of Twine opens with a UFO siting, on Sunday a friend sent me a link to a 2010 audio story on This American Life by an author who held an anniversary vigil at the site of the Travis Walton experience, interviewing one of the men who was present. I’m not very familiar with the Travis Walton case but, remembering it was in the Arizona back woods, I looked it up and realized we passed pretty close to the area on our drive from the Painted Desert to Cottonwood in 2008, because we took the back way, on the advice of a park ranger, and passed through Snowflake, where Walton lived, and Heber, not far from where he had his siting…

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From the Petrified Forest toward Show Low, Arizona, 2008 (processed 2011)

2008, Toward Show Low, Arizona, from the Petrified Forest
From the Petrified Forest toward Show Low, Arizona, 2008 (processed 2011)
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A ranger at the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, hearing we were on our way to Cottonwood, had suggested we take the route through Snowflake, down to Show Low, where we would turn west and proceed through the Sitgreaves Forest. He said it was beautiful. We would like to confirm that it was but two lane, back road driving being what it is, we did not make the time we’d hoped. It was soon twilight and then dark. Soon enough that I wasn’t able to take any pics as, though we were at first driving south, the setting sun seemed to be coming straight at us, glaring harsh bright in a perfectly clear sky, searing our eyes, and when it was done doing that then, well, it was promptly dark. The kind of back highway dark where you pray you don’t hit a deer, of which we saw many, and that’s about all we saw. Despite that, we could tell it must be beautiful, and promised ourselves we’d get back there one day. When the highway delivered us out above Camp Verde and Cottonwood, that alone was worth the drive with all the lights in the valley below situated in here-and-there clumps of civilization.