One of the very first things I noticed about living in Arizona that delighted me were the beautiful sunsets. Out on the desert floor, where the skies tend to be clear and the mountains are off in the distance, the sand in the air causes some brilliant reds and golds. I took this picture coming home from Phoenix this past Monday, somewhere just slightly north of Tucson, looking to the west. I think Bill thought I was crazy as I rolled down the window while we were going down the Interstate and began holding my camera up and out the window! Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving!
Here in Sierra Vista, at our higher altitude, I think we have more clouds than many areas of Arizona, and clouds can contribute to lovely sunsets. These two pictures were taken this past Wednesday evening, just standing outside in my front yard, looking to the Huachuca Mountains to the west and southwest.
You can just barely see the white of snow on the peak in the above picture.
And this is my all-time favorite sunset picture:
This was taken October 2010, on our way home from a trip to the peak of Mount Lemmon. As we headed east on the Interstate, Bill said, “Look behind you!” By the time Bill was able to find a place to pull off so I could take some pictures, the sun had dropped below the horizon. I have used this picture as a background on my computer desktop and also sliced it to use as one of the rotating header pictures here on Musings, Mischief and Mayhem.
Do you have a favorite sunset picture?
This is the first in my Amore Arizona series that I mentioned in my January 4th post on Contentment. In this series I write about and post pictures of the things I love about Arizona.
Leaving Tucson Sunday, we stopped for gas and this was the view across the road, looking towards Mount Lemmon.
Our scenic drive leaving Tucson took us past the Saguaro National Park (the East section of the park).
With the Saguaro National Park on our east, we looked back to the northwest towards Mount Lemmon …
… and in the same spot, looking to Tucson in the west.
One year from yesterday (October 3rd, 2009) we arrived here in Sierra Vista, feeling more than just a bit shell-shocked and lost. A year later life is much improved, although I think we both (Bill and I) would move back east in a heartbeat. It’s not all that bad here in Arizona; we just miss family and the sense of normalcy that familiar environs engender. Every now and then, when I’m missing the green trees and sandy beaches of Florida, I make a mental list of what I do like about living here in Arizona. Here’s a few of those things:
What I like about Arizona:
• The lack of humidity
• The incredible vistas
• Sky Islands
• The beautiful ornamental flowers & bushes
• New places to explore
And, of course, there are times I make lists of the things I don’t like!
What I don’t like about Arizona:
• The lack of humidity
• The inhospitable terrain
• The cold west wind and snow in the winter
• The lack of large green trees
• The fact that the sand is not on a warm sunny gulf beach
• It’s too far from family, especially Miss Munchkin
• The fact that rivers rarely have water in them
• Tarantulas (I’ve only seen one, but that was enough)
Last night I saw the most incredible sunset on our way home from Mount Lemmon and Tucson. Arizona certainly can have some beautiful sunsets!
Sunset in Arizona