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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine May 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 topography of the planet bears little resemblance to our own,” the script reads. “Much of it is obscured by cloud cover; even more of it appears to be cratered desert of reddish hue. We can, however, make out a few narrow ‘green belts’ and a patch of blue water.” That’s how Michael Wilson describes the view from outer space on page 4 of his 1967 screenplay for Planet of the Apes. “In the final shots of this sequence,” he continues, “we see the strange planet as it would be observed from a spacecraft plummeting from twenty thousand feet to one thousand feet. It appears that the ship will fall into a vast lake surrounded by soaring sandstone pinnacles. The water is blueblack, the pinnacles vermilion.” At the end of that action, in…

2 min.

TAD NICHOLS You can’t tell the story of Lake Powell without telling the story of Glen Canyon, and that story isn’t complete without Tad Nichols (1911-2000), whose thousands of photographs document the canyon before it became a reservoir. This month, we’re featuring a portfolio by Mr. Nichols (see Images of a Lost World, page 40), and his work also accompanies Kelly Vaughn’s essay about Katie Lee (see A Song for Katie, page 50), who partnered with him on countless trips into Glen Canyon. An Ohio native who was raised in Massachusetts, Mr. Nichols once remarked, “My whole life changed coming to Arizona.” He graduated from the University of Arizona with geology and archaeology degrees, but his photography career began when he set out to make better images than the unimpressive illustrations…

4 min.

editor@arizonahighways.com I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW how much I enjoyed reading the March 2017 issue of Arizona Highways. The front cover by Chris Gall was wonderfully done. I love saguaro cactuses, so this issue was a delight for me to read. The articles were all so interesting. I read every one. Whenever I’m in Arizona, I always want to take some of the cactuses home with me, but they wouldn’t do well in our Iowa weather. Cynthia Fisher, Urbandale, Iowa Thank you for this month’s Hike of the Month [Hunter Trail, March 2017]. I receive your magazine each month as a gift from my mom. And every month brings back special memories, but none as special as that hike I shared with my 6-year-old daughter, Cheyanne, in 2004, when she came…

1 min.
the journal

Something Very Clear Spring rains produce a clear stream in the normally dry Boulder Canyon, part of the Superstition Wilderness east of Phoenix. To capture the underwater plants, photographer Joel Hazelton says he set up his camera near the surface, with an ultra-wide-angle lens, and used a polarizer to reduce reflections. To learn more about the Superstition Wilderness, call the Tonto National Forest’s Mesa Ranger District at 480-610-3300 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/tonto. CANON EOS 60D, 1/2 SEC, F/11, ISO 100, 11 MM LENS…

1 min.
prophet elias’ chapel

Photographer Eirini Pajak, a frequent Arizona Highways contributor, worships at St. Anthony’s Monastery in Florence, and this past December, she captured this image of the supermoon rising behind the monastery’s Prophet Elias’ Chapel. “I’ve been working on this shot since 2011, at the request of the monastery, and I’m still working on it,” she says. “I’m trying to get a shot in which the moon appears as large as, or larger than, the chapel. I use an app called The Photographer’s Ephemeris to help me calculate where I need to be, and when.” She made this photo atop a cherry picker, which helped her get a clear line of sight above the desert vegetation. “I didn’t expect that would work, because it’s an unstable platform, but I shot a few…

2 min.
blakely glassware

Imagine stopping at a gas station to fill up your tank and leaving with a timeless Arizona keepsake. That’s what Blakely gas stations offered their customers in the 1950s and ’60s, when they were among the first selfservice stations in the state. With each visit, a customer was given a coupon that could be redeemed for a decorative glass covered with paintings of desert flora. Anyone who bought at least 10 gallons of gas was eligible for the gift. While the glassware had a Sonoran Desert theme, the stations themselves had an out-ofthis- world flair: Their signs featured planets and spacecraft and promoted “America’s Finest Rocket Action Gasoline.” But the giveaways were a unique marketing strategy that left customers with a reminder not only of Blakely’s, but of Arizona as well. The…