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Epitomizing the awe-inspiring landscapes of the American Southwest, Arizona contains some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent. Vast canyons, empty deserts and wind-sculpted rocks join towering saguaro cacti and the worlds' largest ponderosa pine forest.

The Southern basin is noted for its desert climate, with exceptionally hot summers and mild winters, while the high country in the north is appreciably cooler, with mountain streams, alpine meadows and snow-capped peaks.

But Arizona is best known for the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and an IUCN World Heritage Site. A major attraction to photographers as well as tourists, it is one of the best places to capture the effects of light across the land.

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Sunset at Yaki Point on the South Rim with stratified rim rocks and minute storm clouds inside the canyon below, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA.  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sunset at Yaki Point on the South Rim with stratified rim rocks and minute storm clouds inside the canyon below, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA.
North Rim of Cape Royal at sunset, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / North Rim of Cape Royal at sunset, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA
Petrified logs and eroded clay formations, Blue Mesa, Petrified Forest NP, Arizona, USA at sunset with storm clouds behind  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Petrified logs and eroded clay formations, Blue Mesa, Petrified Forest NP, Arizona, USA at sunset with storm clouds behind
Saguaro Cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) in a summer storm at sunset, with a rainbow in the background, Maricopa Mountains, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro Cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) in a summer storm at sunset, with a rainbow in the background, Maricopa Mountains, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA
Patterns on canyon walls with ^tumbleweed^ wedged between strata of a slot canyon on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Patterns on canyon walls with ^tumbleweed^ wedged between strata of a slot canyon on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Teddy bear cholla cactus {Opuntia bigelovii}, Brittlebush {Encelia farinosa} and Red owl's clover {Orthocarpus purpurascens} flowering on Harcuvar mountains, Arizona, USA with Arrastra mountains in th...  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Teddy bear cholla cactus {Opuntia bigelovii}, Brittlebush {Encelia farinosa} and Red owl's clover {Orthocarpus purpurascens} flowering on Harcuvar mountains, Arizona, USA with Arrastra mountains in th...
Dramatic rosette of spiked leaves of a Yucca plant, Tucson, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Dramatic rosette of spiked leaves of a Yucca plant, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Penstemon (Penstemon sp) in flower against Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) Finger Rock Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Penstemon (Penstemon sp) in flower against Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) Finger Rock Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona, USA
Havasu Falls with travertine formations in the river creating spillways, and Fremont cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii), dawn, Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Havasu Falls with travertine formations in the river creating spillways, and Fremont cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii), dawn, Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA
Havasu Falls with Fremont cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii) Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Havasu Falls with Fremont cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii) Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA
Havasu Falls cascade behind Fremont cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii) glowing in reflected canyon light, Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Havasu Falls cascade behind Fremont cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii) glowing in reflected canyon light, Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA
Hoodoo formations of heavily banded sandstone at night with star trails, Navajo Reservation, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Hoodoo formations of heavily banded sandstone at night with star trails, Navajo Reservation, Arizona, USA
Birdcage evening primrose (Oenothera deltoides) and Desert sand verbena (Abronia villosa) flowering in desert, Pinta Sands, Sierra Pinta Mountains, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Birdcage evening primrose (Oenothera deltoides) and Desert sand verbena (Abronia villosa) flowering in desert, Pinta Sands, Sierra Pinta Mountains, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, USA
Birdcage evening primrose (Oenothera deltoides) and Desert sand verbena (Abronia villosa) flowering in desert, Pinta Sands, Sierra Pinta Mountains, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Birdcage evening primrose (Oenothera deltoides) and Desert sand verbena (Abronia villosa) flowering in desert, Pinta Sands, Sierra Pinta Mountains, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, USA
Mexican poppies {Eschscholtzia californica} flowering near skeleton of Chain cholla cactus {Opuntia fulgida} Ajo Mtns, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Mexican poppies {Eschscholtzia californica} flowering near skeleton of Chain cholla cactus {Opuntia fulgida} Ajo Mtns, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, USA
California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) flowering between the ^ribs^ of a dead Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) Barry M. Goldwater Range, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) flowering between the ^ribs^ of a dead Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) Barry M. Goldwater Range, Arizona, USA
Looking down into the leaves of an Agave plant {Agave utahensis} with Pinyon pine cone {Pinus edulis}, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Looking down into the leaves of an Agave plant {Agave utahensis} with Pinyon pine cone {Pinus edulis}, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona, USA
Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) at dawn with new flowers emerging at the tip of its limb, Saguaro NP, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) at dawn with new flowers emerging at the tip of its limb, Saguaro NP, Arizona, USA
Close-up of the twisted limbs of a freeze-damaged Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), with new limbs emerging. Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Close-up of the twisted limbs of a freeze-damaged Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), with new limbs emerging. Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona
Close up of Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) and Teddybear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) in evening light, Tucson Mountain Park, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Close up of Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) and Teddybear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) in evening light, Tucson Mountain Park, Arizona, USA
Cardinal Monkey flowers (Mimulus cardinalis), with a waterfall cascading into Elves Chasm in the background. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Cardinal Monkey flowers (Mimulus cardinalis), with a waterfall cascading into Elves Chasm in the background. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Willcox Playa, a normally dry lake, after rain, sunrise, Chiricahua and Swisshelm Mountains in the distance, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Willcox Playa, a normally dry lake, after rain, sunrise, Chiricahua and Swisshelm Mountains in the distance, Arizona, USA
Navajo Falls with travertine formations in the river acting as circular-shaped spill ways, Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Navajo Falls with travertine formations in the river acting as circular-shaped spill ways, Havasupai Reservation, Arizona, USA
Water running down National Canyon, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Water running down National Canyon, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA
Dawn light over petrified sand dunes, with snowball sand verbena (Abronia fragrans) and prairie evening primrose (Oenothera albicaulis). Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Dawn light over petrified sand dunes, with snowball sand verbena (Abronia fragrans) and prairie evening primrose (Oenothera albicaulis). Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
Saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) silhouetted against blazing sunset, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) silhouetted against blazing sunset, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA
Silhouettte of Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) at sunset with lightning in background, Sonoran / Mojave transition zone, Joshua Forest Parkway, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Silhouettte of Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) at sunset with lightning in background, Sonoran / Mojave transition zone, Joshua Forest Parkway, Arizona, USA
Rainbow at sunset over desert hillside with Saguaro cacti, Table Mountain in the distance, Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Rainbow at sunset over desert hillside with Saguaro cacti, Table Mountain in the distance, Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona, USA
Jagged buttes catch the last light as the sun sets at Grandview Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Jagged buttes catch the last light as the sun sets at Grandview Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Bands of red and yellow strata in petrified sand dunes, sunset, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Bands of red and yellow strata in petrified sand dunes, sunset, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA
Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon with eroded sandstone patterns and rays of sunlight filtering in, Navajo Reservation, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon with eroded sandstone patterns and rays of sunlight filtering in, Navajo Reservation, Arizona, USA
Eroded sandstone (petrified sand dunes) in banded striated patterns at sunset, Colorado Plateau, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Eroded sandstone (petrified sand dunes) in banded striated patterns at sunset, Colorado Plateau, Arizona, USA
Snow covered Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulus) saplings buried in new snow with snow storm and canyon in the background, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Snow covered Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulus) saplings buried in new snow with snow storm and canyon in the background, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA
Snow covered Pinyon Pines (Pinus edulus) overlooking Shoshone Point at sunrise, East Rim, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Snow covered Pinyon Pines (Pinus edulus) overlooking Shoshone Point at sunrise, East Rim, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA
Moran point in the snow at sunrise, with the North Rim in the background, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Moran point in the snow at sunrise, with the North Rim in the background, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA
Moran Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA with scattering of first winter snow.  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Moran Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA with scattering of first winter snow.
Hoodoo with rock cap on textured Dakota stone and softer Entrada sandstone, sunset, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Hoodoo with rock cap on textured Dakota stone and softer Entrada sandstone, sunset, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona, USA
Patterns on the walls of a slot canyon on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Patterns on the walls of a slot canyon on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Patterns on the walls of a slot canyon on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Patterns on the walls of a slot canyon on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
Petrified sand dunes with eroded yellow and red sandstone bands, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Petrified sand dunes with eroded yellow and red sandstone bands, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA
Trunks of Saguaro Cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) at sunrise, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona. January 1st 2000  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Trunks of Saguaro Cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) at sunrise, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona. January 1st 2000
Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) twisted by exposure to frost, Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) twisted by exposure to frost, Maricopa Mountains Wilderness, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA
Saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) at sunset in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, near the Sutherland Wash, Catalina State Park, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) at sunset in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, near the Sutherland Wash, Catalina State Park, Arizona, USA
Saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) silhouetted at sunrise, Sand Tank Mountains, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) silhouetted at sunrise, Sand Tank Mountains, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, USA
Petrified sand dunes with eroded red and yellow sandstone bands, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA, and Pointleaf manzanita {Arctostaphylos pungens}  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Petrified sand dunes with eroded red and yellow sandstone bands, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA, and Pointleaf manzanita {Arctostaphylos pungens}
Petrified sand dunes with eroded sandstone bands in swirl patterns from mineral deposits, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Petrified sand dunes with eroded sandstone bands in swirl patterns from mineral deposits, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA
Petrified sand dunes with eroded sandstone flakes at sunset, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Petrified sand dunes with eroded sandstone flakes at sunset, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA
Sunflowers {Helianthus sp} flowering on petrified sand dune formations of Colorado plateau, Paria Canyon / Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Sunflowers {Helianthus sp} flowering on petrified sand dune formations of Colorado plateau, Paria Canyon / Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA
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