Desert Hills sunset

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had found a trail leading into the mountains and purposed to go hiking that evening.  There had been uncommon clouds over the valley for the majority of the day and I hoped they might remain into the same evening, providing a classic desert sunset.  While the clouds were a slight disappointment, the view from one of the nearby peaks made-up for what was missing relative to the clouds.

For those of you not familiar with the metropolitan desert that is Phoenix, Arizona, there are several neighborhoods or areas of the city that have their own names…some of them have, and others might still become separate incorporated areas or towns, distinct entities from Phoenix-proper, but for now they are simply named-areas that are familiar to denizens and nearby others.  The particular area where I now live in the extreme north of Phoenix is named Desert Hills…and for good reason.

Desert Hills at sunset

24 responses

  1. Wonderful! You’re still surrounded by hills! 😉

    June 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    • Yes, I certainly am, Gunta…not mountains this time, but very accessible Hills. 😉

      Thank you…..

      June 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

  2. That is a wonderfully lit composition.

    June 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm

  3. Gorgeous image, I really love how you used the lighting to create a really interesting affect.

    June 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    • Thank you, Charlie…I like the bit of sun-flare in there.

      June 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

  4. Keep those trails coming…….your sanity and our inquisitiveness need to be addressed…….
    Wonderful scene, Scott.

    June 18, 2014 at 1:53 am

    • Thank you for the encouragement, John…and the nice words.

      June 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm

  5. Clouds or not, stunning sunset. So many new adventures await you in those hills!

    June 18, 2014 at 3:03 am

    • I hope to be out there again early this Sunday morning, Laura….thank you. 🙂

      June 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm

  6. Unusual colors. It sure looks hot!

    June 18, 2014 at 4:25 am

    • It was cooling down up there already, Allen, and there was a pretty strong breeze on the hill-top, as well, so it wasn’t bad at all.

      June 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  7. Living on the very edge of the desert must be interesting. I love the distant hills and the colours.

    June 19, 2014 at 12:53 am

    • I’m eager for the monsoon season to get here, Marie…we’re close enough that we should be able to smell the Creosote really well after the rains.

      June 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

  8. An apt name for this area and view, Scott. While I can see why you hoped for clouds as the sun went down, there is something really rather special about the way the image seems to dissolve into the sky.

    June 19, 2014 at 2:04 am

    • Thank you, Andy…I’ll be watching for the clouds again…seems that we don’t get them very often down here.

      June 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  9. That’s quite a view Scott. Smashing picture!

    June 19, 2014 at 7:49 am

    • Thank you, Adrian. 🙂

      June 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  10. Ooooh .. on top world 🙂

    June 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    • It was a pretty grand view from up there, Ordered Chaos! 🙂

      June 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  11. That light is so stunning on those hills!

    June 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    • A little bit of Southwest sunset for you, Susan. 🙂

      June 29, 2014 at 11:46 am

  12. Wow! Gorgeous light and landscape, Scott.

    July 2, 2014 at 7:17 am

    • It was rather wonderful up there, Karen.

      July 2, 2014 at 9:18 am

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