Havasu Falls (2) Arizona
The thing with some retreat spots is they seem to let their surroundings do the work. Throw out a few woven blankets, some herbal tea, and bongos, and any tranquil place is pretty reflection-ready.
Tucson Mountain Retreat rests on no such location laurels. Nestled in Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Arizona, and designed by local firm Dust, the place would be nice transported anywhere. It calms you just driving up to it, with a flat linear structure that criss-crosses quite nicely with the vertical ogre-sized cactii. Spacious dining and living rooms extend to the desert landscape. Patterns on the charred cedar and winding staircase are beautiful, if not mesmerizing, enough to get you into a hypnotic state. And when you’ve had enough meditation for the day, there’s always the landscape for a hike or—for the less inclined—the thoughtfully-placed, hopscotch-friendly concrete volumes that lead to the entrance.
Extract : Designmilk
Photography : Jeff Goldberg/ESTO (c)
HH: Home, Sweet Jesus, It’s-Hot-in-Summer-but-still-beautiful-Home
Nikki C. DuPuy of Tuba City took this cactus-framed photo of Sedona’s famous red rocks. See more of her photos at instagram.com/nini_caakes.
From the Rim - Mark Brodkin
A Relaxing Sunset - 5.4.13
Vigil Under the Pecan Trees
These amazing (and eerie) pictures are from the major dust storm that took place in Phoenix, Arizona on the evening of July 5, 2012. Dust storms are a normal thing in Arizona but this one was so big that the local weather station called it a “100 year storm”. The storm had wind speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and brought visibility to near zero. The dust storm covered about 100 miles and the dust reached heights of 5,000 feet, almost a mile.
HH: This is not so far from my house. I remember that one because it was so wide.
Beautiful Petunias are in full bloom - we can enjoy their bright faces until the heat arrives.
Happy Valley, Arizona
Spectators and players make their way to shelter as snow and rain fall during the Match Play Championship golf tournament in Marana, Arizona. Play was suspended due to the bad weather.
Photograph: Ross Franklin/AP