I find myself this week traveling to Arizona to spend time with family. I arrived in Phoenix just in time to be greeted by a record-breaking 104-degree temperature. And of course I have heard it said before, “It sounds hot but it is just a dry heat!” Well, the deal is – Hot is HOT!!!!!

One of the things I enjoy about Phoenix is that, in one way, it is very similar to Huntsville. You have the beauty of the city and all it has to offer and then within a short driving distance you are out in the countryside enjoying the scenic vistas. The one big difference being, Arizona has mountain and desert vistas.  Every time I visit I now find myself chasing and photographing the best of both worlds.

A dry riverbed bordered downtown Tempe, which was a portion of the Salt River. The city chose to dam up the river and create a lake that now provides a thriving area for all types of metropolitan outdoor activities. The attached image is a photograph taken at dusk showing the Mill Avenue Bridge, the US Airways headquarters and a commercial airliner on approach to the Phoenix airport.

Tempe Town Lake

And then within a short driving distance I find myself hiking in the Tonto National Forrest best known for hosting Superstition Mountain. The attached photo captures one of the red rock mountain ranges reflected in a tributary from the Verde River.

Tonto National Park

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