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Rocky Sunset

Rocky Sunset - One of my favorite places in Arizona, this stretch about 15 miles long on Highway 93 has small mountains and hills made of rounded boulders like the gods threw them around in a game. Seen at sunset, about 20 miles south of Wikieup.


At sunset, the golden glow light light up one set of boulders along the roadside, barely enough light to capture the image without a tripod. Three notes about Arizona wilderness areas along highways:


1. So many people deface such natural areas with graffiti on rock faces and boulders! You can see in this image that there is a continual effort likely by DOT to cover the tags up.


2. If there is a nearby hill or mountain, Arizona folks always put up a giant mark with the first letter of the town in light colored rocks to show against darker rocks. So many views are great but for the giant letter A or Q or whatever!


3. Arizona remains (in my eyes) one of the most littered areas of the US. So much broken glass and many plastic bags! We crossed to California south of Needles and the litter disappears by the roadside. Cross back into Arizona north of Needles and the litter is back in force. Sad to see this in the Southwest, known for natural beauty. Arizona needs a campaign and litter enforcement like the successful "Don't Mess with Texas" campaign of the 80's and 90's! This comment applies to the entire state, as I travel the whole state regularly in my business travel.

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Taken on August 23, 2012