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The Superstitions

The Apache Trail

The Apache Trail is one of the most famous and scenic drives in Arizona and is now an established historic route. Its 47-mile length begins at Apache Junction and winds past the Superstition Mountains, through Tonto National Forest, with views of three lakes, cliff-dwellings and many other points of interest along the way. More...

Cave Creek Canyon

Cave Creek Canyon

I could hear the call of a whippoorwill from somewhere out there in the darkness, the only sound other than occasional sighs of wind that moved slowly down the canyon in the night like restless spirits, stirring the leaves of the Arizona sycamore and Freemont cottonwood trees. More...

GPS doesn't show rocks in the road.

GPS in the Desert

In this information age, many of us rely on GPS navigation systems in our cars. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) such as Tom Toms, Garmans, Magellans, Earthmates and smart phones can help us with "turn by turn" directions to our destinations. These systems are a great help, but they can also get us into situations that get us lost, or even killed. More...

Nighttime Scene

Nighttime Photography

There is no secret, no magic formula to nighttime photography. All my night shooting is done within four nights of the full moon. The moon rises at sunset (plus or minus a few minutes) on the evening of the full moon. The day after the full moon, moonrise is approximately one hour after sunset, two days later means moonrise is two hours after sunset. More...

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Desert Animals

What animals live in the desert? How do animals survive in the desert? Learn about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians that have adapted to the harsh desert ecosystems. Here is a list of animals that live in the desert with links to additional information on each animal. Learn how they survive in the desert biome. More...


Desert Plants

How do plants survive the desert? Desert flora have adapted to the extremes of heat and aridity by using both physical and behavioral mechanisms, much like desert animals. Here are links to the flora found in the deserts, with photos and information about each plant. More...

Salton Sea

Desert Life - Animals, Plants, People and the Environment

Deserts cover more than one fifth of the Earth's land, and they are found on every continent. Deserts can be classified as "hot" or "cold". Deserts receive less than 10 inches of precipitation a year. Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals, plants and people. More...


Desert Activities - Explore the Desert

The desert is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and to spend time in recreational activities. People go to the desert to camp, to hike, to bike, to fish, to explore and to experience the unique environment found only in the American Southwest and its deserts. Visitors travel the desert to take in the views and enjoy the wide open space around them. More...

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