Papago Park: Tranquility in Phoenix

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Ever want to just get away and feel inner peace? Well, on my recent trip to Arizona, I found that on the buttes of Papago Park. Feel the peace.

Papago Park is one of those places that is right in the middle of the Phoenix metropolis. It is right next to the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens. One would think it would feel congested and right in the thick of it, but surprisingly, I felt a calm that I had not felt since my trip to the Grand Canyon the year before.

Credits: 110isnotdead

Walking the various trails of Papago Park, I was able to see the park in all its beauty. It didn’t hurt that the sun was out in full force that day, with few clouds to stifle the amazing colors of the red rocks and desert foliage. In the distance, you could see the gleaming pyramid-shaped tomb of Arizona’s first Governor, George W.P. Hunt.

Credits: 110isnotdead

One other cool thing that made the day special (though it broke the solitude of the moment) was the contrails of the planes entering and exiting Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. You could almost set your watch by them, about once per minute. After a while, the sky was full of the colorful streaks.

Credits: 110isnotdead

In times like these where stress is around every corner, we all need places that we can go to where we can completely tune out and unwind. For me, Papago Park is one of those places. Sadly, it is also about 2,000 miles West of me right now.

Credits: 110isnotdead

Happy Snappin’!
Tim Pawlak

Tim Pawlak (aka 110isnotdead) is a librarian, writer, photographer, storyteller and amateur historian (gotta use that History Degree somewhere). Massillon, Ohio (about an hour south of Cleveland) is where he calls home.

written by 110isnotdead on 2013-02-08 in #world #locations #35mm #peace #phoenix #bender #desert #escape-from-the-city #location #butte #arizona #redscale #tranquility

8 Comments

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Nice colors

  2. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @neanderthalis Hey thanks, it was such an amazing experience to go back to Arizona and I can't wait to get back!

  3. kschraer
    kschraer ·

    I'm not far away in Tucson. I'll have to visit Papago some time. Enjoyed your shots!

  4. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @kschraer Hey thanks, it is well worth the trip. And while you are there, gotta check out the zoo, which (shameless plug lol) I wrote an article about here- www.lomography.de/magazine/locations/2012/10/19/the-phoenix…
    THanks again :))

  5. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @ricoinbrooklyn, @meryl Thanks so much for the likes :))

  6. jbeischer
    jbeischer ·

    very nice read and pictures. may have to try and get there this summer

  7. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @jbeischer thanks so much, its totally worth the trip. Really great scenery :)

  8. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    I see you got to Phoenix the zoo and did some red scale...nice work..
    www.lomography.de/magazine/locations/2010/08/15/riparian-pr…

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