2015 A Year in Review

I will admit to having abandoned blogging lately, I stretched myself too thin this year, but I can hardly justify paying to host it if I don’t at least post a year end summary. When I started this blog, I set myself a goal of posting once a week for a year, and I accomplished that. After the first year I set myself a goal of posting at least once a month, but I also started another 365 project, taking photos every day for a year, and I just couldn’t keep up with both. I did at first, but then Ingress happened and the rest is history.

I thought about doing a month by month synopsis like I’ve done in the past, but I don’t want to rehash the same post over and over again. Les and I did our usual thing this year, we explored.

But this year we stayed mostly in the Southwest, we saw almost all of Arizona. We took a trip a couple trips to California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and the edges of New Mexico. And twice we went to Mexico. In the spring we discovered  a game that works very well with our insane traveling habits, and it’s kind of taken over our lives. But it’s fun as hell, and not only have we made a lot of friends (and frenemies), we’ve gone several places and seen things that we might not have otherwise.

So instead of the usual month by month synopsis, I’m going to share some of my best photos from each month.

January

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Blue Mesa are of the Painted Desert
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San Xavier del Bac Mission, the oldest European building in Arizona, south of Tucson.
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Tuzigoot National Moument

 

February

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Mt. Tipton Wilderness Area
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The road to Crown King, Arizona
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Dark alley in downtown Prescott.
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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
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Sunset in the desert near Yuma

March

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Spring blossoms in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona
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Yellow-crowned night heron fishing in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
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Hermosillo, Sonora from Cerro de la Campana
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The Grand Canyon from Desert View Tower

April

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The Granite Dells near Willow Lake in Prescott
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The Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point
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The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco
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The road less traveled near Nipton, California

May

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Oatman, Arizona, home of many wild burros and a few people hawking souvenirs
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There’s a reason they call it Needles, California
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Sunset at Saguaro Cactus National Monument
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Old Verde River Sheep Bridge

June

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Double rainbow at Watson Lake in Prescott
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Tonto National Monument
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Price Canyon
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Baby Rocks near Kayenta, Arizona

July

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Rainbow after a storm (and a horse who wouldn’t get out of my shot) at the Peavine trailhead in Chino Valley
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Colorado River overlook near Lake Mead
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A collection of critters having lunch in Chloride, Arizona
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Interesting clouds after a storm in Wikiup, Arizona

August

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Great blue heron at Fain Park in Prescott Valley
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Walnut Canyon National Monument
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Spider Rock at Canyon de Chelly National Monument
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Mexican Hat in Southern Utah
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Hovenweep National Monument
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Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park

September 

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Steel Dam near Ash Fork, Arizona
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Historic US Route 66 near Seligman, Arizona
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Monsoon season arrives in Arizona

October

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View of the Verde Valley from Jerome, Arizona
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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
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Unexpected shore birds at the Quitobaquito oasis
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Sunset in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

November

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Painted Desert
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Roadrunner in Prescott Valley
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Golf Ball House near Yucca, Arizona
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Parker Dam

December

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Sunset in the Painted Desert
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Winter Solstice at V Bar V
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Christmas snow storm at the Grand Canyon
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Night sky in Chino Valley

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