Over the past years in Arizona I’ve taken thousands of photographs. Some of them turned out OK.
On this page I’ll feature some of my favorites, along with brief descriptive comments about the scene or the area. At least for starters, I’ll make no attempt to “organize” this page, so welcome along on a “wandering stream of consciousness” ride.
(Shameless plug: Many of these images are available on my little online “store” at http://www.hans-brakob.pixels.com — I’d be honored if you liked my work well enough to hang a sample on your wall!)
Fall Color at Arnett Canyon
Arnett Canyon is a picturesque riparian canyon which runs along the north side of Picketpost Mountain near the old mining town of Superior. It’s an especially pretty hike in late fall when the cottonwood and tamarask trees are in their autumn colors.
White Dove of the Desert
Down south of Tucson stands the old Mission Xavier del Bac, designed by Spanish missionaries and built by native slave labor. Completed in 1797, it still serves as the parish church for the people of the Tohono O’odham Nation Indian Reservation.
Named for the mountain man and Army guide, Pauline Weaver, this 1,000-foot-tall rocky spire is the signature formation in the interior of the Superstition Wilderness. The rugged hike up Peralta Canyon to this spot is one of my favorites. I took this picture at sunset a year ago in February of 2018, and our son Chris and I spent that night camped under this lonely pinion tree.
Up in the rim country in the Mazatzal mountain range, a favorite easy springtime hike is Deer Creek. We retreat up here when valley temperatures start to rise in the spring.
Sometime I’d like to camp overnight near this babbling mountain stream.
One Hundred Years Past
Deep in the eastern end of the Superstition Wilderness lies a remote area called Haunted Canyon. There, in the early 1900’s the Toney family established a homestead, raising fruit trees and cattle for sale in the frontier cities of Globe and Florence. Their original cabin, with an addition built in 1913 still stands in that canyon.
A Thousand Years Past
Further eastward in the wilderness, beyond the end of the Superstition Mountain range, lies the Tonto Basin. Here, before Europeans encroached on their homeland, the Salado Indians had a flourishing culture and civilization.
One of the remainders of that culture are the dwellings at Tonto National Monument. Here are some scenes looking out towards the basin from their upper dwelling high in the cliffs above.
Stay tuned for more!