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Montezuma Castle

March 18th, 2011 | Category: Arizona

There are so many cool things nestled away in Arizona.  I’ve driven past Montezuma Castle national Monument many times, always in a hurry and not able to stop.  Not this time!    This one is really easy to get to; you can see it in an hour.  There are a few others close to Flagstaff, like Walnut Canyon and Wupatki.


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Sunset at the peaks

November 11th, 2010 | Category: Arizona

This is one of the reasons I like being in Flagstaff.  Here’s a fairly common sight at the end of my street.



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Broken water main incident

October 31st, 2010 | Category: Arizona,Uncategorized

On a late-night dog walk I heard the sound of running water where there shouldn’t have been.  I didn’t have a flashlight and the area was dark, but eventually I located a new stream running down a hill into a nearby baseball field. This definitely wasn’t right… I followed the stream up to its source and found, in the middle of a parking lot, a 2-foot diameter hole with water coming out of it.  Of course, the dog was thrilled and started drinking out of it, because he has to sample all new water sources.

I called the non-emergency police number and they sent the fire company out to look at it – only ten minutes later!  They confirmed that it was a water main of some sort and we all went home.  I knew that somewhere in town, water department authorities were getting an unwanted phone call:  “Guess what you’re doing tonight?”

The next morning I walked over and found them repairing it.  I had a nice talk with one of the water guys about typical patterns of pipe breakage and what makes them break in the first place.  They had it fixed and were done by shortly after lunch.  This place really gets business done!  You can see the repair in the second picture – the shiny part with bright blue hardware.  It’s an industrial version of a standard pipe patch – a metal strap with rubber on the inside, and it’s tightened over the break to stanch the flow.



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A clean dog is a wonderful thing

October 08th, 2010 | Category: animals,Arizona

Tycho in Buffalo Park

September 08th, 2010 | Category: animals,Arizona

Buffalo park in Flagstaff has the most incredible views of the peaks.  This evening at sunset, the size of the peaks was sharply contrasted with a complete absence of sound, as there was not a breath of wind.  The area is alive with late-season flowers.



Just some average scenery

September 03rd, 2010 | Category: Arizona

This is the view from a park located near my place in Flag.

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Tycho’s first walk in Flagstaff

August 31st, 2010 | Category: animals,Arizona

It is absurdly beautiful here, no humidity, less than 80 degrees, full of hummingbirds… Oh yeah baby!

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Coconino Forest Flowers Near The DCT

July 09th, 2010 | Category: Arizona,Lowell

Arizona’s forests are so pretty during flower season! Every other half-acre is a charmed meadow sprinkled with flowers of all hues.  Nobody plants them; they grow wild everywhere.  It’s been like this for about 3 weeks now.  During the “golden hour” it will take your breath away as the angled light transfixes the blossoms and spatters the forest floor with long beams of our star’s light.  All of these images were taken within a mile of the Discovery Channel Telescope.













Tail end of the fire

June 29th, 2010 | Category: Arizona

The Schultz fire is now 75% contained.  There is no visible smoke from my location as of today, but two days ago I took these images of the San Francisco peaks as they appeared from about 15 miles away.  The views are beautiful from this road (Lake Mary Road, coming north from Happy Jack).


A variety of schultz fire resources

June 25th, 2010 | Category: Arizona,Uncategorized

Here is a map of the fire at what I believe was its greatest extent, more than 15000 acres.  The fire is not over yet, but the firemen appear to be gaining on it.


Right now the entire region is closed to hikers, but when it’s all over I will make a point of hiking through there and documenting it.

Here is a link to my friend Steve’s blog, where he has posted images and resources as well.

A link to my friend Padraig’s images – some excellent night shots.

Here is a link to the “handlebar sandwich” blog, which has some very early images of the fire, as well as a very creepy time-lapse night sequence.

Of course, the coconino county site has the most authoritative info.

Finally, in my original fire post i mentioned three students that had to flee the fire, abandoning their car (I hope it’s still there when they get to it!).  It turns out that two of the three are summer students at Lowell, where I am working.  Small world!  I am glad they are safe.  Here is a link to some images one of them, Eric, took.

new: Here is an animation of the fire as seen from space.  Here is a cool time-lapse movie of the fire at night, taken from a location right where many people have houses.

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