Snow on the cactus:
These were taken about 30 mi. from my house, just a bit off the highway towards Globe. So, almost not in the valley anymore. You don't really get true snow like this in the heart of the valley. Downtown Phoenix, for example, won't get it. But in the slightly higher elevations toward the edges, and on the long climbs out, you can get it occasionally.
These next photos were taken on the Navajo Indian reservation up north, between Flagstaff and the Utah border. Up in that area there is a range of cliffs many miles long, red sandstone and very tall. They form a sort of corner or nexus, and near the apex of that nexus is the Navajo Bridge crossing Marble Canyon. (Follow Marble Canyon west and it turns into the Grand Canyon. Follow it east and it turns into Glen Canyon and Lake Powell, over by Page.) I had occasion to drive home to Wyoming in May, and that is when I took these (as well as over a hundred others, of course. Digital cameras are fun.)
And finally, these are a few shots from Black River, taken yesterday morning around 7:00 AM. My camera is not fancy, so it can not capture the fantastic, ethereal quality of the lighting very accurately, but rest assured it was amazing. [grin]
Wait. Game programming? What's that?