Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mt. Lemmon; Tucson AZ

The Sky Islands: Santa Catalina Mountains
I spent Saturday exploring Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Mountains. For all the facts on Mt. Lemmon, check out this Wikipedia article. For a vain attempt to express the beauty of these unusual forests in words and images, read on.
Photo: Lovers share the sunset at Windy Point. (Click on the photos for higher quality versions)

Stop. Take a few deep breaths, and feel alive. This may be the closest to flying I'll ever feel.

The view from the top: Many mountain vistas provide a seemingly endless view with an awesome, expansive sky.

Above: A man looks down at Catalina Highway far below. Catalina Highway is a winding alpine route that is a driving delight. For the trepid motorists, there are pleanty of turn-outs and view points perfect for unwinding.

If you're in the Tucson area, spend a day (or even part of a day) in the Catalina Mountains. I hope you enjoyed this, and--as always--leave me nice comments.


  1. Glad to see you are back posting new images and travel photos and report Ben. Love the pictures, the sunsets are just amazing. By the way, I am checking out your blog since I am making plans for trips to AZ/Utah for my spring break this April, plan to hit Antelope Canyon, I remember you have tips in your post, so will check it out. Thanks.

  2. Hi Ben,

    Welcome back!!! I'm glad to see new posts here... :) I was not able to see the VR movie though...

    And the pictures are just amazing... I stared at them for quite a long time... They are very inspiring... Hopefully I could capture scenes like these... :)

    Again, welcome back...

  3. betchai,
    Thanks! I'm glad you like them, and I'm glad you'll have a chance to check out AZ/UT in April. If you end up driving up to Antelope Canyon from SD, may I recommend stopping at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki? They're both on the way and both fantastic. You can also see the main attractions at these areas in just a few hours if you're pressed for time.
    Thanks again for stopping by, and--as always--feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

  4. coolwaterworks,
    It feels good to be back. A combination of stress and a busy schedule has kept me away far longer than I would have liked. You're very encouraging. I'd be a sad blogger without blogging buddies like you and betchai.

  5. Hi Ben, thanks for the tip, yes, we will be driving from SD to Antelope Canyon. I'll research about Walnut Canyon and Wupatki. Your Antelope Canyon post is really helpful in finding more information about the place.

  6. Seems like the time of year for incredible sunsets. We've been getting them here in So. Cal. too, almost every day this week, but haven't been able to get out and take advantage. Probably nothing this weekend when I have time. Not familiar with this area, but may look into it next time I'm over that way. Nice work.

  7. Hi Ben,

    Seems you have indeed been out for a long time...

    Seems you forgot my name... Haha!


  8. great works! nice reading...

  9. Thanks Mark Meader. It does seem like it's the time of year for sunsets. I've taken about a zillion of them over the past couple of weeks. You really sould stop by Mt. Lemmon the next time you're in the Tucson Area. The view from Windy Point is great.

  10. Mark,
    I of course I didn't forget your name.

    It's always nice to know people enjoy the blog.

  11. Great shots as always. I feel I need to buy myself a full-size telescoping tripod now. When I get in a routine and can think a month or two ahead of time, we need to get out. I have a Yosemite guidebook on my desk, and it's such a tease.