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Saturday, February 7, 2015

ON A CLEAR DAY . . .

. . . you can see forever.


Those snow-capped mountains hold the highest point in Arizona. They are the San Francisco Peaks, just north of Flagstaff.  The highest point in the range is Mount Humphreys, 12,633 feet in elevation.  By road, they're around 120 miles from where this picture was taken.  By air, probably 90 to 100 miles.

Zooming in you can get an even better view.


It helps bring them into view when there's snow on the tops.  In the summer the blue of the mountains tends to sort of melt into the sky.

And, of course, it helps when there's a clear, sunny day like today.

Shifting the camera to the left a bit, I can show you Willow Lake.


In spite of a wetter than normal January, the lake is still low.

14 comments:

Tom Cochrun said...

Beautiful view of the San Francisco Mountains there.

Catalyst/Taylor said...

Peaks, not Mountains.

lowandslow said...

Beautiful scenery. I wish I had a view of anything half as pretty. :)

Judy said...

Looks just like some of the pictures I just took and have ready to post. We must be following each other around again. I always like to see the peaks with snow on top. My husband said that when he was a kid, there was snow on the peaks all year long.
You got a nice shot of Willow Lake too.

Catalyst/Taylor said...

Judy, your photos are always better than mine so go ahead and post them.

Sharon Anck said...

Wow, the air is so clean up there in your neck of the woods.

Steve said...

Nice photos. Taken from your house?

Catalyst/Taylor said...

Oh, no. From atop a hill in Prescott.

The Geezers said...

My God, your scenery is beautiful. Can't imagine being able to see 120 miles in my climate.

The Geezers said...

My God, your scenery is beautiful. Can't imagine being able to see 120 miles in my climate.

Anonymous said...

I've been to Phoenix and Flagstaff, but not there. Amazing.

Stephen Hayes said...

That first photograph shows a landscape that doesn't appear to have changed much in the last thousand years.

Catalyst/Taylor said...

Except for the houses.

The Bug said...

Beautiful!