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
Jun02

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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Scottsdale Photos: Yard Birds & A Bonus
Mar16

Scottsdale Photos: Yard Birds & A Bonus

By Tom Mangelsdorf  Unlike some of the more elusive Greater Pinnacle Peak area’s wildlife like javelina or bobcats, birds can be found in nearly any back yard. They’re abundant. They’re colorful. They sing. And, most wonderful of all, they can fly. Spring is quickly coming, and the birds are pairing up to build nests and lay their eggs. It’s a magnificent time of year. I would encourage everyone to turn off their televisions, cell...

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Photos: The Great Horned Owls Behind Our Scottsdale Home
Feb14

Photos: The Great Horned Owls Behind Our Scottsdale Home

 January 2017 By Bob & Roxie Pastore To The Peak,   We live in north Scottsdale near Happy Valley Road. We live in a relatively quiet neighborhood. There are no homes behind ours.  There is an  outcropping of rocks that gives these owls a place that is secluded and mostly safe. We have lived here for nine years. These owls  return every year. The male and female owls start nesting in February. The male is ever-present while...

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Sneak Peeks: Beautiful  Sunrise Photos
Jan23

Sneak Peeks: Beautiful Sunrise Photos

What better way to begin the new year than with a beautiful sunrise. Here is a collection of sunrise photographs that have been contributed by residents of A Peek at the  Peak‘s (The Peak’s) homeland. Thank you for your support. Happy New Year from The Peak, the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association, and Friends of the Scenic Drive. For 40 years, our organization has worked to help preserve and protect the quality of life and...

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