Top of Mingus

Mingus Mt Arizona

Top of Mingus

Mingus Mountain at 7815′ separates Prescott and Cottonwood, Arizona.  There is a unpaved forest service road that takes you close enough for a short hike to this vantage point overlooking the Verde Valley.  Several forest fires have the turned the sky and horizon very hazy.  In addition, much of the West is experiencing a heat wave and when I was here this morning at 5:30AM it was 70°.

Anasazi Ruins

Anasazi Ruins

Canyon de Chelly has several Indian ruins and they are well protected from the tourists for obvious reasons. I was here two days and this shot is the only one where I needed a zoom lens to get “close” enough.  The Anasazi people are believed to be the first to reside in the canyon and were the builders of these dwellings.