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Desert vistas in words and photos

Poem by Karen R. Sanderson

All photos by John Steiner

Desert Canvas

Canyon de Chelly

A stranger’s first glance at a sandpaper land
To the untrained eye so stark
They think our God forgot to wave His generous hand.
But go within the seeker’s slow embark:

Skyline Park, Buckeye, AZ

Touch and venture forth upon the endless expanse
And excavate where ancestral cultures fade.
Explore the cliff mystery’s romance
And lose your step in ruins adobe made

Montezuma’s Castle

Hear the insistent flutter of looming raptors’ wings
Spooking lizards under rocks of ginger veil
Bringing a prick to jack-rabbit springs
As roadrunners skitter to quick avail

Harris Hawk on the Hunt

See the sapphire skies on copper-penny peaks subsist
Sleeping mantle sprinkled with heaven’s dreamy eyes
From a yawning dawn’s foggy mists
To awestruck travelers this vista lies

Buckeye Sunset

Desert blooms in lemons tart and peaches warm
Meadow hues blushed and painted wild
Beware the sly and patient cactus’ unforgiving thorn
Unsuspected, drawn to their scent, beguiled

Brittlebush and Hedgehog

The moon rises from amethyst mountain cloak
Winds howl denouncing the mesa’s plateau breeze
Arid powder of lost, wandering animals, now bones,
Summer dust awaits the overnight freeze.


Desert Sunset
Sunset at South Mountain
Saguaro National Park near Tucson

John Steiner is a traveler, writer, aviator, drone operator, and avid photographer. A photo fanatic from a young age, John now shares his travel experiences and photographs via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and on his blog. 
Selfie on South Mountain

John’s blog is at http://www.photobyjohnbo.com.

You can find his photo page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PhotoByJohnbo.

He is also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/photobyjohnbo and on

Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/photobyjohnbo.


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Scenic Elegance, Photography by Gwen Dubeau

I am a self-taught photographer using a Nikon D5000. I enjoy shooting landscapes, nature, and people. I am also a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry; I am driven by the inspiration photography brings to my writing and enjoy twisting the two of them together.

Red Whisper

Cold December

Autumn Bliss

Gwen’s poetry and photography can be found at the Poetic Notions blog. See her portfolio at Gwen Dubeau Photography. Gwen is generous at pay-it-forward by promoting other photographers on Twitter and on Facebook. She can also be found on LinkedIn.

Gwen Dubeau

A tiny green worm, a ladybug, a bee, and a spider – Gwen loaned her little critters to a 4-pack of blogs last July with her Inching Along, Ladybug Rest, Bee on Pussywillow, and Waiting.


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