Our big family summer vacation this year was a road trip through Arizona and Utah, with four National Parks which I'd never visited before on the docket. If I ever doubt that my family loves me, I just need to remember that they all agreed to do this in triple-digit temperatures.
We drove 11 hours our first day to Gallup, New Mexico, setting ourselves up to make a nice stop at Petrified Forest National Park on Day 2. The park is fortuitously located directly along our route to the Grand Canyon, which made it a no-brainer to be one of our destinations.
Painted Desert, like this one from Tiponi Point.
Common Ravens were our constant companions, like this one at Chinde Point. I love the iridescent effect in their feathers when the light hits them just right.
Old Route 66 there sits a rusted 1932 Studebaker. I took a lot of different pictures of it, but like this black-and-white close-up of one of its old mechanisms the best.
Sonoran Collared Lizard, hence the difference in color and markings. I had my wide angle lens on my camera, but fortunately the lizard stayed quite still and allowed me to get really close for some solid shots.
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