Making the Connection: Arizona’s Historic Highway 89

Making the Connection: Arizona’s Historic Highway 89

Two historic major east-west highways cross Arizona and each played a role in the westward migrations of the early 20th century. US Route 66 carried people across northern Arizona from Chicago to Santa Monica. US Route 80 linked Savannah to San Diego through southern...
Tourists, Tourists Everywhere

Tourists, Tourists Everywhere

As we slowly reopen from our pandemic lock down, people are hitting the road to visit the national parks. Although I haven’t experienced it first hand yet, I hear that the parks are getting crowded with tourists. This got me to thinking about the photographs I have...
2021 US Route 89 Calendar

2021 US Route 89 Calendar

 I had to take a different approach to selecting photographs for the 2021 US Route 89 calendar this year. I have not taken any new road trips so there are no new photographs. Instead, I went on a treasure hunt looking at photo shoots from trips made over the last ten...
2020 Calendar—The Grand Canyon

2020 Calendar—The Grand Canyon

I like photographing in all seven of the national parks along US Route 89. Each park is unique and special in its own way. But I have a special place in my heart for the Grand Canyon. I have been going there to photograph for nearly forty years and it always rewards...
Celebrating Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial

Celebrating Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial

…and My 42 Years of Photographing It by James Cowlin I went to the Grand Canyon to photograph for the first time in 1977. I had been shooting landscapes in Arizona for a few years but had avoided the Grand Canyon. I told myself that every photographer went there...
Arizona Copper Art Museum

Arizona Copper Art Museum

Precious metals have been mined in Arizona since the first people arrived thousands of years ago. Gold, silver and copper were used by indigenous people for pigments, ornaments and tools. Spanish explorers in the sixteenth century came to Southwest looking for...