Four Peaks from afar

That “Four Peaks” ridge in the distance is literally at least sixty miles from where I made this image along the Northern Parkway just east of the Loop 303, in the west valley of Metropolitan Phoenix.  At ten minutes before 6:00 am on this Saturday past, the air was full of desert dust, vehicle emissions, and whatever other crap builds-up in the lower atmosphere between the parched land and the morning sky.  This photo-making spot is along the route that I take to work every morning and I had been admiring the silhouette of the mountains in the distance for some time now.  The quieter and less-busy morning seemed like a perfect time to stop and make some photos.  Those sixty miles ‘twixt here and there are chock-full of western civilization’s offerings, as some five or six cities, two Native American Indian Communities, thousands of miles of city streets and freeways, multiple hundreds of acres of agricultural endeavors, and the exhaust of tens of thousands of vehicles and hundreds of thousands of people can be and are found in between.

I haven’t been hiking in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, but might make it out there later this year or in early Spring of next year.  It’s not something that you do in the summer months unless you camp nearby overnight and then launch up and back down from the peaks a couple of hours before noon.

20 responses

  1. Lovely silhouettes, but that air looks pretty deadly. Bet you’ll be glad when summer is done.

    June 30, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    • Thank you, Gunta…and yes, living here, I am always glad when summer is done!

      July 8, 2018 at 11:53 am

      • Fire season has already started here in the Pacific NW. We had a small one (according to our standards) just last week, but it’s under control now. Hoping we don’t have a replay of last year as we hovered on waiting for the evacuation order. Seems as though summer isn’t such fun season as I remember it anymore. 😦

        July 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm

  2. There used to be a Jeep trail that went over 4 peaks. Is it still there? That was a favorite place!

    June 30, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    • I’ve read that there are jeep trails out there, but haven’t been in the area yet to see if they remain. I’m sure I’ll make at least one or two posts after I make it up to another of your favorite stompin’ grounds.

      July 8, 2018 at 11:54 am

      • I’ll look forward to that!

        July 8, 2018 at 2:06 pm

        • Good deal…as I am looking forward to that hike!

          July 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm

  3. You make civilization sound so wonderful . . . but, I concur.

    I remember one morning after I lived in Colorado for a few years . . . I was heading South down Monument Hill and saw mountains in the distance I’d never seen before; it shocked me because it was as if they’d sprung up overnight. The brownish pall that settles over the low-lying Colorado Spring was absent and I was likely seeing the St. Charles Peak and Greenhorn Mountain in the Wet Mountain range some 70 miles away. In the 11 years I lived there, I can count in one hand the number of times the view was that clear. Hardly ever in the summers because of the smoke from Western fires.

    Looking forward to reading about your visit to the Four Peaks . . . after braving the mess in between.

    June 30, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    • It’s sad what we miss because of what’s in the air between us and those potential views. We manage to get a lot of those western fires’ smoke down here, as well…it’s so rich sometimes that we can actually smell it.

      I’m eager to get out to the Wilderness, Emilio…after braving the mess in between, yes, and after waiting for more accommodating temperatures….

      July 8, 2018 at 11:57 am

  4. It’s amazing to be able to see so far considering the air-borne effects from civilisation on the way! What a view!

    July 1, 2018 at 1:47 am

    • It is amazing, Meanderer…and yes, it’s still quite a view!

      July 8, 2018 at 11:58 am

  5. I like the way you spell out the scene in words along with the beautiful image, reminding us about all that’s between “here” and there…it was smart to get over there on a Sunday. I keep telling myself to do that when I pass interesting sights during the week that are jammed with traffic, but I have not been good about getting out on a Sunday morning….hmmm, it’s Sunday morning right now, and there you have it! 🙂
    Sometimes I like to think about silhouettes like these as the torn edges of construction paper.

    July 1, 2018 at 10:15 am

    • Thank you for the encouragement, Lynn…as always. And yes, we must take advantage of those quieter weekend mornings when there are less people and vehicles out there…must do so!

      I can see the torn edges of construction paper, too…they remind me a bit of the shadow forms that we used to make of ourselves in elementary school so many many years ago. And, also, as you already know, the desert is good for providing such views of distant mountains in silhouette form.

      July 8, 2018 at 12:03 pm

  6. There’s an ethereal quality to this image that entices one to get closer. I hope you do sometime soon – they look an interesting ridge of mountains to explore.

    July 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    • I believe that enhances the allure, Andy…and I shall get there in the coming months. 🙂

      July 8, 2018 at 12:04 pm

  7. It looks as hot and hazy as it did here today. We’ve reached 98 so far with humidity about as high as it gets.

    July 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    • It was a scorcher, Allen…but not with as much humidity as you have back east….

      July 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm

  8. Liana

    oh yeah, those silhouettes are whispering . . .

    July 3, 2018 at 6:15 am

    • “…come to me….”

      July 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm

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