Sacred Solitude

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This seldom visited northern Arizona canyon stretches across some very desolate country. Up top, along the rim, is Navajo land. If you somehow find a way to reach the valley below, you’re on Hopi land. The solitude and sunset that I experienced was well worth the price of the permit required to visit this location. Even though it was a holiday weekend, I had the spot to myself…

Wukoki Sunrise #72

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I finally had an opportunity to create some new images over the holiday weekend. Wupatki National Monument is a “go to” sunrise location whenever I get a chance to head north for a few days, and the Wukoki Pueblo is probably my favorite site there. I arrived while it was still dark, hoping to take some photos of the Milky Way over the ruins. Storm clouds above canceled that plan, so I spent some time wandering around the site while I waited for the sun to rise. When it finally began to get light, the sky turned an eerie shade of orange and the landscape took on a soft, warm glow. I’ve been to this spot many times over the past 10 years, but these were the most interesting conditions I’d ever seen there.

Life From The Cinders

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The first rays of sunlight caress the few plants that manage to live on the volcanic cinders of Sunset Crater National Monument.

Thanks for looking!

The Clearing

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I’ve lived in Arizona for 13 years now, yet I’d never had the good fortune to be at the Grand Canyon during or after a snow storm until recently. This shot was captured just as the storm was just beginning to move out.

Sunrise at Sunset Point

This past September, I spent a week exploring Capitol Reef National Park and some of the surrounding area. This shot was captured at an area named Sunset Point. Ironically, it was taken at sunrise!
Thanks for looking, and if you’re ever interested in purchasing a print of any of the photographs featured here, please contact me at mcapurso@cox.netIMG_2032

Hot Pipes

Surrounded by giant saguaro cacti, an organ pipe cactus glows red in the last few minutes of daylight. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.IMG_3133

Monsoon Light on Watson Lake

My apologies for not posting any new material in several months.

The monsoon season got off to a good start here in Arizona, but has since quieted down. This image was captured just before sunset in early July on Watson Lake, outside of Prescott, AZ. A powerful storm was just on the horizon, yet the afternoon sun managed to break through the clouds and light up the granite boulders surrounding the lake.

Please click on the photo for a more detailed view. Thanks for looking!IMG_6920

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