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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine June 2017

For more than 90 years, Arizona Highways has delighted readers with award winning journalism and photography, reflecting Arizona’s stature as one of the top vacation destinations around the globe. Every issue showcases the most amazing photography and valuable information you need to enjoy the unique and diverse travel destinations in and around the state.

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4 min.
editor’s letter

The old tree was still alive in1945. Back then, the rangers figured it was about 400 years old. That was before the desperate souls of Tucson began the ritual exodus up the mountain to escape the oppression of triple digits down below. In November 1945, we told the world about that venerable old tree. It was revealed by Clifton Abbott in a piece about a “new road” to the summit of the Santa Catalinas. “The brush begins to give way to scrub oak and cedar, and the bottoms of the gorges are filled with small fir and pine,” he wrote in Mount Lemmon. “For a mile or two this kind of scenery is prevalent and then the road is widened, and here a trail leads off to the General Hitchcock Pine.…

2 min.

EMILY BALLI “I love writing, but I feel like journalism is where my writing can make a difference,” says Emily Balli, one of Arizona Highways’ two editorial interns in the spring of 2017. You’ve probably seen her work in The Journal and elsewhere in the magazine, and on our blog. Like many of our interns, Balli came to us via her Arizona State University magazine writing class, which was taught by our managing editor, Kelly Vaughn. “I’ve always loved the magazine,” she says. “I was born and raised in Arizona, and my dad collected issues of Arizona Highways. Every assignment I do, I learn more about something I didn’t know before — whether it’s paddleboarding on Lake Powell or any of the other interesting things about our state.” Balli previously interned…

4 min.

editor@arizonahighways.com WE LOOK FORWARD TO EVERY issue of Arizona Highways. But we took a special interest in the April 2017 issue. Several years ago, my wife took the same exact photo of that windmill north of Sonoita [The Big Pictures: Sonoita- Patagonia]. In our framed rendition, the blades were idle and a couple of Brahma bulls were ambling toward us. As a retired Iowa county veterinarian, I have always been impressed with the quality grassland and cattle in the Sonoita area. Dr. William D. Blohm, Carroll, Iowa My wife and I have been subscribers of Arizona Highways for so long that only the Petrified Forest probably knows. We enjoy every single, solitary issue. However, your February 2017 issue was special to me. I lost my father when I was a junior at the University…

1 min.
navajo nation council chamber

The early 1930s marked a turning point in American Indian tribes’ relationship with the U.S. government. Gone was a decades-long push to assimilate Native people; in its place was a focus on tribal organization and preserving Indian cultures. Among the reminders of that change is the Navajo Nation Council Chamber, which has been the centerpiece of the Navajo government since shortly after it was completed in 1935. The building, constructed by the Office of Indian Affairs using funds from the New Deal’s Public Works Administration, is made of native Dakota sandstone, and its exposed roof beams are ponderosa pines harvested from the nearby Chuska Mountains. The octagonal structure is meant to evoke a traditional hogan, and inside, murals by Navajo artist Gerald Nailor depict the tribe’s history. And with the…

3 min.
copper queen mine

Today, tourists flock to Bisbee’s shops and restaurants, but the Southeastern Arizona city’s roots are much deeper — literally. And there’s a reminder just southeast of downtown: the Copper Queen Mine, which once was among the most productive copper mines in present-day Arizona. The mine’s story begins in the late 1870s, when Army scout Jack Dunn discovered some interesting stones near a spring in the Mule Mountains. He and two others staked the area’s first mining claim, then hired prospector George Warren to find more. But according to legend, Warren squandered his grubstake in saloons in Tombstone, then found new partners and staked his own claims — one of which became the Copper Queen. (Bisbee’s mining district is named for Warren, who later gambled away his share of the Copper Queen…

2 min.
understanding aperture

By definition, an aperture is a hole or an opening. In the world of photography, it describes the opening inside a lens that admits more or less light onto the sensor. The mechanism is a set of blades that form a diaphragm, which can be adjusted to regulate the amount of light that passes through the lens. The lens aperture is measured in f-stops: A smaller number, such as f/1.4 or f/2, indicates a large aperture, while larger numbers, such as f/22 or f/32, mean a small aperture. Aperture also controls depth of field (DOF). And this is where the technical aspects of photography morph into artistic application. DOF is the amount of sharpness (focus) your photo carries on either side of your subject. Landscape photographers often choose a large depth…