Five Shots: Garland Prairie, Arizona

30 miles to the San Francisco Peaks

Over the weekend, we drove north on Perkinsville Road around the west side of the Sycamore Wilderness and headed into the Ponderosa Pines of the Kaibab National Forest when suddenly out we came to the edge of a prairie. With a liberated gasp, we felt like we had walked into a painting of Charles Monet. Looking across, yearning to hike, but that’s an adventure for another day. Here are five shots of Garland Prairie, just south of Route 66 (hwy 40) west of Flagstaff, Arizona.

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An Abandoned Shed
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Monet Sky

 

A gentle road flanked by flowers.

 

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Garland Prairie Homestead

 

Which one do you like best?

44 thoughts on “Five Shots: Garland Prairie, Arizona

  1. Nice to have a wilderness to explore, Cindy. My favourite is the second one, the abandoned shed. I like the composition of that shot, but they are all good.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. It’s hard to see, but behind the shed is a field full of nothing but Black-eyed Susans. If that sight doesn’t cheer one up, nothing would. I couldn’t get in there to take a shot. Thanks, Pete.

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      1. I had to look up that flower, Cindy. They must look very nice indeed.

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        1. Very cheery fellows waving in the breeze.

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  2. Rafael del Casal August 30, 2016 — 2:36 am

    Lovely photographs, Cindy ! I particularly like the gentle road flanked by flowers…it says a lot…

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    1. Hi Rafael! It was a road I didn’t want to end. The loop is 21 miles.

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  3. Spacious skies and purple mountains – you captured America.

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    1. It was unexpected. I had heard vaguely about Garland Prairie, but we had no idea it was there. After the undercover of trees for miles, to have the world open up was a sensory treat. Thank you, Kim.

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  4. NIce shots. Iwould say Monet Sky

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  5. What lovely photos, you captured some great scenery, think my favourite is the Monet Sky. Beautiful 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Paul. A perfect late summer day for a drive discovering a new spot we had never been to before. What a treat.

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      1. Looks like a nice place to visit on a summer day. Always nice to go to an area you’ve never been to before as well 🙂

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        1. And only 90 minutes away. Felt like a vacation.

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  6. The barbed wire in the last adds to the context and perspective

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    1. Thanks, Derrick. I agree. We hope to get and hike through on the trails.

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  7. I’ve come to appreciate the extreme diversity Arizona offers. We spent a couple of days camped at Kaibab Lake and loved it. Williams was a fun town with the Route 66 theme. We’re off to Prescott now for a couple of months. Perhaps, once I get rid of a nasty cold, we could meet for coffee/lunch?

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    1. Hi Ingrid! I would love that! Sorry you are ill. We are very close now, aren’t we? Lunch sounds like fun. There’s a new RV park going up in Clarkdale. It’s in a great spot off 89A looking out to the Sycamore Wilderness. They haven’t built it yet, but I reckon you might like that spot.

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      1. I’ll definitely need to keep that new RV Park in mind (once completed). I’ll touch base with you once we’re settled and I start feeling better 🙂

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  8. Oooh these are cool Cindy! Reminds me of Little House on the Prairie 😀

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  9. Number 1….it leads you to journey on to adventure.

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    1. 🙂 I felt the same way. Thanks, John.

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  10. Beautiful. A place to clear the mind and lighten the heart!

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    1. That’s exactly what happened. Thank you, Paul. 🙂

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  11. Such beauty! I totally agree on the comparison to Monet. But I also see a field painted by Andrew Wyeth. Such beauty!

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    1. Aww, Don, yes, Wyeth is better. I wanted to face away, sitting down in the grass, propped up on one arm, the wind blowing the grass around me. 🙂

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  12. Cindy the red soil road reminded me of country I used to travel in my early years working country centres for a CPA practice in Australia before moving overseas. Lovely shots. I’d enjoy sitting and taking those scenes in. Very restful.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Ian. I felt like went on holiday, but it was out my own back door. I just needed to turn the right corner. I’ll go back, that’s for sure.

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  13. We lived on out on the Alberta prairie when I was a kid. Some people think it’s boring out there. I don’t recall being bored at all. And obviously – as your pics show – there is some beauty out there too.

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    1. Thank you. There’s a story, there. I wonder about the family that built it and how they spent their days just surviving.

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  14. Top and bottom ones are my favourite

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    1. Thanks, Jordan. I’m happy when I get the chance to explore. This area of AZ was an unexpected surprise.

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      1. I hope to explore more of Australia soon. Hell, I’d love to get out the country at least once!

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        1. Oh, yes! Too bad plane flights are so high. I do hope you can figure out a way!

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          1. Me too! There are so many parts of the world I want to see, and since I started blogging, a bunch of cool people I’d love to meet!

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  15. Gorgeous! As always, you have an eye for photography.

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  16. I’ll go with the top shot but how beautiful is that countryside?!

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    1. No kidding. I was walking inside a postcard.

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