Saturday Night in the Desert: Setting Sun Paints Thimble Rock Purple

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Thimble Rock (northeast Tucson) half an hour before sunset

We spent an enjoyable evening with friends on Tucson's northeast side, but we were half an hour early.  What to do?  The sun was setting, and Darlin' and I drove up Sabino Canyon road to get a photo of Thimble Rock.  This photo above shows the formation at 4:30 in the afternoon.

Thimble Rock from a different perspective, just as the sun was setting

45 minutes later, we were a mile away, perhaps 300 feet higher in elevation, and the sun was very low in the sky.  As the sun set, I took this picture of Thimble Rock.  It's there on the right.  As the sun goes down, the mountains turn pink, then blue, and finally purple.  There's not a prettier place on the planet, IMHO.  Come visit anytime!

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Rainmaker
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Terri Visser
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
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What an amazing change in colors!  The desert has the best color palette and you seem to have a knack for capturing them.

December 01, 2008 07:59 PM #16
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Julie Staradumsky
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Mike, beautiful photos, thank you for sharing.

December 01, 2008 09:22 PM #17
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Mike, awesome photos.... I'm actually taking a class in February to learn all of the ins and outs of my camera. The desert, though, and its beautiful colors just wait for someone to enjoy their beauty. ;-)

Pepper

December 01, 2008 10:19 PM #18
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Teri,

So cool that you're taking a class!  I'm hoping you'll blog about it and join a few photography groups here in the Rain.

Julie,

You're very welcome.

Terri,

The desert does have an amazing palette. Thanks for commenting.

Karen,

Come on down! 

Mike in Tucson

December 01, 2008 10:39 PM #19
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Sharon Paxson
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Mike - what absolutely stunning photos you have captured. The colors are incredible!

December 02, 2008 09:42 AM #20
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Kent Simpson
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Great photos of my backyard, Mike!  I've got to get a zoom lens now...but I think the handheld GPS is on the list first.

December 02, 2008 09:44 PM #21
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Great shot, Mike! My husband once climbed Thimble Rock! Hmmm...or so he says!

Debi

December 02, 2008 11:03 PM #22
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Debi,

Well, he probably took a camera with him!  Make him show you the photos!  LOL

Kent,

That's right; you live near here now.  My little Panasonic Lumix has a 10X Leica zoom.  Santa can find one at Costco for around $200.

Sharon,

This is such a beautiful part of the world to live in; come visit!

Mike in Tucson

December 03, 2008 06:10 AM #23
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Caren Wallace
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Mike, Thank you ! Purple is my favorite color!! Verrrrry Beautiful!

December 03, 2008 09:36 AM #24
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Mike-

Awesome capture, I love the super saturated colors of the mountains! Thanks for sharing and I am marking this as a featured post in the Things to Do/Places to Visit group, Great Job.

Happy Holidays!

December 03, 2008 12:58 PM #25
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Karen Pierce
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Mike - a few more of these gloomy foggy cold days and I just might do that! This California transplant NEEDS her sunshine!

December 03, 2008 03:50 PM #26
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
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Gorgeous scenery Mike, it is hard to believe it could change so drastically in such a short time. Thanks so much for taking us along with you on your drive.....

December 04, 2008 07:46 PM #27
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WOW - I have heard tales of painted deserts, but never seen such beautiful photos! thanks for sharing!

December 05, 2008 04:36 PM #28
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Barbara Jo,

Scenes like this are why we put up with the scorcher summers!  It's just beautiful.

Bonnie,

You're welcome!  Thanks for subscribing!

Karen,

It was 78 and clear when you called this afternoon; thanks for the referral!

Bryant,

Thanks for featuring my post in your group!

Caren,

The color is right out of the song "America the Beautiful!"

Mike in Tucson

December 06, 2008 05:25 AM #29
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Quite gorgeous. So that is where those "purple mountains majesty" are. I've always wondered. I've been trying to visit all the places mentioned in various songs -- makes a great travel to-do list. I finally visited all the California beaches mentioned in The Beach Boys's songs. Now I know where to go for those "purple mountains majesty." I might need a docent, though. You available? LOL

December 10, 2008 05:36 AM #30
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Russel,

Don't make a trip without calling first!  Re the purple mountains majesty, the Colorado folks think they have dibs on that.  We don't agree!

Mike in Tucson

December 10, 2008 09:05 AM #31
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Mike- these are fantastic!!!  God sure created some amazing places for us to enjoy!

December 15, 2008 09:50 PM #32
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JB,

That thought makes me thankful for each new day!  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

December 15, 2008 10:04 PM #33
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Michael and Cheron Lange
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As always Mike, you take the most incredible pictures.  Thanks for sharing!

Cheron Lange

December 16, 2008 12:45 PM #34
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Erika Rogers
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Wow, those are beautiful photographs.  You should visit St. George Utah some time and check out our breathtaking red rocks.  Snow Canyon State Park is just about 8 miles west of town.

December 16, 2008 08:18 PM #35
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