Dec 16, 2012 by Janine
Arizona is one of my favorite places. I had a meeting in Flagstaff last week so I made the drive from Phoenix through some beautiful scenery.

On the way up to Flagstaff.

"Pinecone Drop." Countdown to New Year's.

Heading back down to Phoenix, I had a couple of hours of daylight to spare, so I stopped at Montezuma's Castle.

If you look closely you can spot the sharp-shinned hawk in the center of the photo.

I continue to be impressed with the little Sony. Full zoom of the sharpie pictured above.

Montezuma's Castle was mistakenly thought to be Aztec ruins by the first white explorers of the region. In reality, the castle was the home of the Sinagua people, who lived there for 300 years. The National Park Service has established a National Monument there now.

The place has a peaceful energy.

I sat by the stream enjoying the sunshine and my last trip out west for the year.

Every day since my return to Florida has consisted of muggy heat and rain. Between that, and year end craziness at work, I have not gotten out to do any local photography. But I am enjoying our local pleasures, such as they are. We enjoyed a lunch of fresh seafood on the water this weekend, which would be hard to do in the middle of the desert!


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