Unsung Advantages of Phoenix

Yes, we have dust storms that put megatons of dirt in the air and force me to power-wash the walls of my white house every so often.  But the dust in the air also makes for the most amazing sunsets of any place I have lived.  This is a panorama I took on a walk this evening of about 270 degrees, so both west and east.  The sky was amazing in every direction, not just towards the setting sun.

The sunset behind palm trees is one of my favorite photograph subjects.  One example from a few days ago:

Update:  LOL, a reader says it looks just like the mural on the wall in the office in Scarface (warning: quite violent)


  1. Dave Boz:

    That 270 degree thing, was that something to do with the camera, or the outside temperature?

  2. SamWah:

    Best sunset I ever saw was in Tucson on an overcast day. The sun got down far enough to shine up into the cloud cover, Albuquerque, though, had the most number of fine sunsets, with clouds coming in from the west, starting around 4PM, and the sun shining on the Sandia Mountains.

  3. John Moore:

    Nice shots.

    I solved the dust problem - my house is painted light brown.

  4. John Moore:

    I agree about Albuquerque - but then, I grew up there.

    The Sandia Mountains are named for this. "Sandia" means "watermelon" en espanol, and at sunset, the Sandias' dramatic west-facing cliffs are often pink.