2017 – The Year of the Birds by Tom Mangelsdorf
Jan01

2017 – The Year of the Birds by Tom Mangelsdorf

December29, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf The close of an old year and the beginning of a new one is a good time to take stock of things accomplished and things to look forward to accomplishing. With regard to my bird photography, I’ve chosen five of my favorite bird images that I’ve captured in 2017. They run the gamut from a tiny songbird to a large raptor. All of these were taken in my back yard or within a mile or two of my house. This...

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12 Sedona Thanksgiving Photographs
Nov15

12 Sedona Thanksgiving Photographs

Originally Published December 28, 2014 Photographs by Howard Myers   In 2014, North Scottsdale residents Howard and Carol Myers enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving in Sedona. Howard is an avid photographer and was the grand prize winner of the 2014 Tony Nelssen Summer Fun Photography Contest. Thank you for sharing these images.     The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this...

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Photos of Arizona’s State Bird, the Cactus Wren
Nov01

Photos of Arizona’s State Bird, the Cactus Wren

October 29, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf Well, autumn is here with winter soon to follow. It’s a great time to get outside with your camera and see what kind of wildlife you can photograph. One of my favorite birds is the Cactus Wren. There are plenty of them to see this time of year…all it takes is patience, a camera and a good lens. Did I mention patience? Although plentiful, Cactus Wrens are wonderfully camouflaged for their desert...

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2017 Summer Fun Photo Contest Winners – “One Love” Gets Grand Prize
Sep30

2017 Summer Fun Photo Contest Winners – “One Love” Gets Grand Prize

August 30, 2017 Thank you to everyone who entered the 2017 Summer Fun Photography Contest. In this issue, we are publishing all the entries that were selected by judges as the top photographs. In the next issue, the September Update issue, The Peak will publish the winner of the Diners’ Choice Award selected by guests at GPPA’s Summit of Summer Fun on September 9th. We will be publishing selected non-winning photographs in the...

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“Sail Away” is 2017 Summer Fun Diners’ Choice
Sep15

“Sail Away” is 2017 Summer Fun Diners’ Choice

September 15, 2017 By Les Conklin GPPA thanks former Scottsdale mayor “Sam” Kathryn Campana, Scottsdale councilman David Smith, and Evelyn Johnson, Executive Director, Cave Creek Museum, and all the other guests who attended the Summit of Summer Fun on September, 9th at the Summit Diner. Guests included most of  the winners of this year’s Summer Fun Photography and Write Stuff Contests.  Thanks also to GPPA...

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Photos: Flowers on the Road to Bartlett, Spring 2017
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Photos: Flowers on the Road to Bartlett, Spring 2017

March 2017 By Howard Myers The March 2017  issue of this magazine published photographs of flowers that I took in 2008 during a drive to Bartlett Lake.  We had quite a bit of rain this past winter and that usually means an unusually good year for flower blooms. My wife, Carol, and I decided to drive to Bartlett Lake to check out the flowers. It was a good decision. Below are some of the photographs that I took along the way. ...

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Photos: Hummer Fights Feather
May15

Photos: Hummer Fights Feather

April 27, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf   Did you ever get ready to go out, and then notice a pesky piece of lint on your clothes? Try as you might it’s sometimes difficult to grab and remove it. This Anna’s Hummingbird recently had a similar problem with its wardrobe.             d The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a...

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Photos: It’s Spring Flower Time!
May04

Photos: It’s Spring Flower Time!

March 16, 2007 Photographs by Howard Myers The flowers are starting to bloom in our part of the Sonoran Desert. In this article, we feature photographs taken by north Scottsdale’s Howard Myers in 2008 during a drive to Bartlett Lake. The number and variety of wildflowers that bloom vary from year to year; 2008 was a very good year. You can also find wildflowers blooming at Pinnacle Peak Park, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the...

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Scottsdale Photos: Seven Looking Up, One Looking Down
May01

Scottsdale Photos: Seven Looking Up, One Looking Down

Photographs by Howard Myers   Editorial note. Once again, north Scottsdale resident Howard Myers has contributed some magnificent photographs. Looking up at the sky, he took the first seven photos below. Then he looked down, and found a surprise waiting for him.                   Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a Comment”...

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Photos: Kestrel Afternoon Delight
Mar31

Photos: Kestrel Afternoon Delight

March 26, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf I recently found these Kestrels enjoying each other’s company on a sunny day. Kestrels are small falcons about the size of a large pigeon or quail. They are fast fliers and very accurate hunters. Their behavior on this afternoon brought to mind a song from the ‘70s titled “Afternoon Delight.” For those of you old enough to remember the Starland Vocal Band, here are a few lyrics from that popular song...

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