Pittman Valley Summer Cloud Panorama

Pittman Valley, Arizona summer clouds panorama

The summer of 2009 must have been a great one. It was a great one, in ways that I’m only more fully appreciating now, as I sift through my files.

I was living on the high, beautiful, wide open Coconino Plateau between Flagstaff and Williams, Arizona. I was renting “Stone House”, a small home on an historic ranch in Pittman Valley. Right outside was all the sky.

I spent many hours happily cutting and splitting firewood for the wood stove to keep me warm through the winter. I prepared that wood in the summer, so it had plenty of time to cure in the hot, dry Arizona high country sun so that it would be ready to burn hot in winter.

I also had my camera with me at all times. I gave up hunting wild animals long ago merely because I wanted to be free to hunt light, with  my camera, eyes, and feelings. I suppose I’m a photographic mountain man. Running a chainsaw or seeking another exquisite expression using a camera lens both seem natural to me.

This panorama was created by first taking six high resolution shots of the scene outside my back yard at that time. I merged them using Adobe Photoshop to create the kind of wide image that could not otherwise be expressed in a single photo.

Even today, it still seems like magic to me. All of it: the camera equipment, the computer equipment. But more importantly, the life of it. Having the privilege to live this peaceful life. This appreciative life.

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Grand Canyon Thunderstorm Dream

Grand Canyon from South Rim, summer thunderstorm

Summer 2009, from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. I was fortunate to take in this view in a summer rainstorm, clouds pouring out in the sunlight. The Colorado River shining far, far, below. Endless canyons. From everywhere.

Photo location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Marble Canyon, From Navajo Bridge

Colorado River and Marble Canyon, from Navajo Bridge, Arizona

One of my favorite (so far) shots from Navajo Bridge, where Highway 89A crosses the Colorado River gorge in northern Arizona.

This is the Marble Canyon portion of Grand Canyon, the uppermost portion. Looking down onto the river from almost 500 feet above, with the majestic Echo Cliffs in the distance. Just upstream from here is Lees Ferry, where all boats put in to the river to run Grand Canyon.

One of my favorite areas in the whole wide world.

Photo Location: Navajo Bridge at Marble Canyon, Coconino County, Arizona.