We can never get enough of our gorgeous state and the people, plants, and animals, that live here. So here are our favorite photos of Arizona that we found this week.
Yet another sunset
Even though we see an Arizona sunset every day, we never seem to get tired of them – especially when they look like this.
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There’s no moon to say goodnight to, which means we get to see the glorious Milky Way instead.
"Mystified" The Milky Way rising over The Superstition Mountains early yesterday morning. Taken from the north peak, just next to Flatiron. I camped in my hammock next to this composition. It was glorious. I hiked up Siphon Draw in the dark and arrived up here at 9pm. I intended to catch some sleep and wake up at 3am to start setting up for milky way. But yeah, that didn't happen. I was shooting until the sun came up. Nikon D750, Rokinon 14mm. Foreground – 3 focus stacked exposures to achieve greater depth of field all at f/3.5, ISO 800, 430 seconds each. Sky – 10 exposures at f/3.5, ISO 12800, 13 seconds each. (stacked in "Starry Landscape Stacker" to remove noise). All blended in PS.
New kid on the block
Phoenix Zoo got a new inhabitant this week. LouLou is a 20-year-old Southern white rhino, and she seems to be settling in just fine. Welcome to the Valley, LouLou!
Phoenix might boast the original, but we wouldn’t mind taking the longer jaunt to see this hole-in-the-rock in person.
“Don’t go chasing waterfalls…”
…climb them instead. But only if you know what you’re doing, please.
One way to avoid the switchbacks down into the Grand Canyon. Canyoneering in Garden Creek. Wes Grove, Christine Ameduri, photo: Chris Grove – – – – – #grandcanyon #canyoneering #ourwild #getoutside #optoutside #canyon #wilderness #outdoors #adventure #photooftheday #travel #explore #exploremore #nature #picoftheday #natgeotravel #welivetoexplore #landscapephotography #landscape #wanderlust #ourplanetdaily #liveauthentic #outdoors #arizona #climb #arizonahiking #instagramaz #nationalpark #hike #trails
Joust another day at the office
The Arizona Renaissance Festival remains in full swing until April 2 and beckons us to attend. Now where did we put our jester hat? (Oh, it was on our head already.)
Meanwhile, back on the slopes
The Valley might be posting record high temperatures already, but Arizona Snowbowl still boasts plenty of white powder for your skiing, snowboarding or cooling-down pleasure.
In fact, Snowbowl plans to stay open on weekends through April 30, the latest open date in its 79-year history. Sign us up!
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