I actually lived for a year in Tucson, when I went to the University of Arizona. Since that time I have rarely spent any time here so it was nice to spend a few days at a dude ranch in the winter of 2017. This photo was taken on the property of the Tanque Verde Ranch.
The first morning, I was was up early to photograph the area. Tanque Verde Ranch is one of America's cattle and guest ranches. It is located on 60,000 acres of Tucson's beautiful desert landscapes.
The ranch is in the Rincon Mountains and next to the Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest.
I went on a few early morning hikes in the area.
There was a river running through the property that you could walk along for quite a distance.
Sunset in the mountains.
One morning I went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The Museum is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden and natural history museum.
A cactus in bloom.
A horse heading for dinner at the end of the day on the ranch.
A jail located in an old movie shoot area outside of Tucson.
A general store used in the past for films.
A garden at the ranch, close to my room.
Another late afternoon hike on the property.
The last photo taken on the hike, just after sunset.
One day we went to check out the Barrio Historic district in Tucson. Most of the area has now been taken over by law offices, art studios etc. but it it was a very interesting area to walk around.
The southwestern pueblo architecture was very colorful.