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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine September 2016

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

Bruce Dale and Harold Jerrell have never met. I don’t know that for sure, but based on their day jobs, I’m guessing the closest they’ve ever gotten to each other is our Contributors page — if you look to the right, you can put faces with the names. Despite their different career paths, the two gentlemen have at least a few things in common: Both are extremely good with a camera, both are appearing in Arizona Highways for the first time, and both of their images were made at Monument Valley. Mr. Dale, who shot our cover, comes to us by way of National Geographic. He’s one of several Nat Geo photographers in this month’s issue. They’re not the first — Jack Dykinga, John Burcham and Bill Hatcher are frequent contributors…

2 min.

BRUCE DALE Our cover photo this month is by Bruce Dale, one of several National Geographic photographers (see Old Yeller Was Here, page 16) we’re featuring in this issue. Dale worked exclusively for that magazine for three decades. The cover image was made on his first trip to Monument Valley, in September 1971, during an assignment for a story on the Navajo Nation. “That was before the land was managed as a tribal park, and there were few, if any, access restrictions,” Dale says. “This picture reminds me vividly about how hard it was to hike in the soft sand — every step up a steep slope resulted in sinking back almost to where I started.” Dale recalls his “good luck and bad luck”that day — the good luck of making…

4 min.

editor@arizonahighways.com IT’S A HARD RAIN Although it begins as an innocent cloud in a clear blue sky, El Nubé, as it’s known, can turn deadly when it fills with water, grows an angry white tail and dumps millions of gallons of rain onto the desert floor. It can happen in a matter of minutes, causing floods, wreaking havoc and leaving locals with a reverential respect mixed with fear and wonder. www.arizonahighways.com AN ESSAY BY TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS AND BROOKE WILLIAMS THANK YOU for the wonderful essay [It’s a Hard Rain] by Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams in the July 2016 issue. Their description of El Nubé putting a “leg” down reminds me of what Caribbean islanders say when a dark, heavy rain cloud is approaching: “Gray Suit Man, he a-comin’.” Dave Wilhelm, Redington, Arizona Kelly Vaughn’s…

1 min.
antigone books

NORMALLY, GOING UNNOTICED isn’t a good tactic for a retail business. But for Antigone Books, which has been around since 1973, it may have been a lifesaver. “In the ’70s and ’80s, when independent bookstores were under siege from major booksellers, [the chain stores] ignored Central Tucson because it was this old ‘hippie’ area,” says Trudy Mills, who bought Antigone in 1986 and has co-owned it since 1991. “Today, this area is much more popular, but we lucked out by being ignored for many years.” Another lucky break came when Mills, who was riding through the city during a Cyclovia Tucson event, came across a booth for Technicians for Sustainability, a Tucson solar-panel company. “I never assumed we could afford to do solar power,” she says, but grants and tax…

3 min.
tucson pressed brick co.

Tucson architecture owes much to Quintus Monier, who designed and built some of the city’s most notable structures. Less celebrated, but perhaps just as significant, was the impact of Monier’s Tucson Pressed Brick Co., the largest and longest-operating brickyard in the city. A France-born architect and master mason, Monier came to the U.S. at age 22. He spent 18 years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he designed the Catholic cathedral, courthouse and other prominent buildings. In the mid-1890s, Monier came to Tucson to build St. Augustine Cathedral, likely establishing a private brickyard to supply some of the materials. He went on to complete many other projects in the city, including St. Joseph’s Academy, the Eagle Milling Co. and the Santa Rita Hotel. More durable than adobe and more affordable than lumber, brick…

1 min.
when lightning strikes

This year, in addition to judging our annual photo contest, I had the privilege of being a judge for the inaugural photo contest by Arizona Highways Photo Workshops. Of the many entries, this shot by Theresa Ditson was the winner. Theresa, a Prescott resident who is mostly selftaught, says she’s very interested in weather, particularly monsoon storms. She’s not a storm chaser, though. Instead, she stays close to home and pays attention to what’s going on around her — she’s always thinking about where she can go to get shots like this one. As you look at her photograph, you might think it’s a composite, but it’s not. It’s a single exposure. Theresa used a lightning trigger, which enabled her to capture the flashes of lightning despite a fairly high shutter…