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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.

An Abandoned Shed

garland prairie flowers
Monet Sky


A gentle road flanked by flowers.


garland prairie barn
Garland Prairie Homestead


Which one do you like best?

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Five Shots: SF Peaks, Morman Lake


The San Francisco Peaks outside of Flagstaff, AZ, are a grand sight.


Morman Lake is about 15 SE miles away. It’s not a typical lake at all; it looks more like a crater. Lava activity millions of years ago created the natural bed. When snow packs the lake, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers have a large playground. Windsurfers or kite flying is an option. If you are a bird watcher, you will see bald eagles, falcons, and hawks. Elk love to gather on Morman Lake, too. The road leading to Morman Lake is flat and a haven for cyclists. Yesterday, it was 56 degrees and that typical AZ sun felt warm on my back and face. Here are five shots + one of the area.






Which shot do you like best?