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11 Beautiful Images to Take Your Mind Off of the Coronavirus in Arizona




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We’re having a scary moment right now. The coronavirus is in Arizona and a lot of people are feeling anxious and confused. But we’ve been through worse than this. We will overcome this disruption and get back to our daily routines sooner than we expect. And we will be stronger once we get to the other side of this coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus may be in Arizona, but we’re not going to let it stay.

One of the things that has been bringing me peace of mind, is when I stand outside and feel the cool spring breeze, my mind travels and thinks of all the beautiful natural landscapes in Arizona. The ancient geological and anthropological histories throughout Arizona remind me that things change, but we always survive. Also, I’m reminded that every time we find ourselves in difficult times, we always get through. In the immortal words of the best Beatle, George Harrison:

“All things must pass. All things must pass away.”

So, please take a moment for yourself, put on music you love, and allow your mind to let go of the coronavirus and just remember the immaculate beauty of Arizona with the help of these images.

1. Think of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon reminds us of how beautiful the world is even though the coronavirus in Arizona darkens our perceptions of it.
The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon amazes millions of people every year. It’s also much larger than people expect. And its breathtaking views are some of the best on the planet. The Grand Canyon really puts things into perspective. Our time on this planet has been short when compared to the rich geological history of the Grand Canyon.

2. Remember the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a peaceful beacon in Sedona.
Chapel of the Holy Cross| Image credit: Mitch Heider via Flickr

Sedona is an incredible place. The red rocks and green trees make for some of the most vibrant colors of any natural place on Earth. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a must-visit for anyone who loves exquisite architecture and natural beauty. The serene red rocky landscape of the Sedona wilderness soothes the body and soul.

3. Feel the Breeze at Canyon de Chelly

The sun sets on Canyon de Chelly and Spider Rock where Spider Grandmother resides. She won't let the coronavirus in Arizona hurt her children for much longer.
Canyon de Chelly

When the sun sets over Canyon de Chelly, the land looks like gold. The shadows are intense as well. Spider Rock is an amazing sight to see. It is the legendary home of Spider Grandmother. In most western cultures, she equates to Mother Earth.

4. Fill Your Mind With the Majesty of Monument Valley

A night shot of Monument Valley is a perfect way to distract yourself from the coronavirus in Arizona.
Monument Valley | Image credit: Mobilus Mobili

John Ford sure loved filming his amazing Hollywood westerns here in Monument Valley. These rock formations have been featured in many photos, commercials, and movies. I’m sure you can see why.

Monument Valley is a truly amazing place. The land tells stories of powerful Navajo Legends and whispers ancient secrets as the winds blow. Monument Valley has been a spiritual hub for humans for many centuries. It continues to be photographed by millions of people every year.

5. Walk Slowly Through the Walls of Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon in Arizona.
Antelope Canyon | Image credit: Simon Morris via Flickr

From desktop backgrounds to thousands of family photos, Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed natural locations on the planet. This is for good reason too. Formations like the ones in this canyon, remind us that though we are small in the big picture of time and space, our existence is miraculous because we can consciously admire the natural ancient worlds around us.

6. Breathe in the Spring Air of the Superstition Mountains

The Superstition Mountains | Image credit: Scott Taylor via Flickr

The Superstition Mountains make up the eastern border of the Valley of the Sun. Legends of hidden treasure and Wild West adventure, make this mountain range popular all over the world. Arizona couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful mountain range. Red rocks, hidden lakes, tall saguaro, and breathtaking scenery, is what the Superstition Mountains are all about.

7. Allow the Golden Sun to Set in Phoenix

The golden sun sets over Phoenix, Arizona, reminding us that all will be okay as long as the sun sets and sun rises, the coronavirus won't beat us.
Sunset in Phoenix, Arizona | Image credit: Charlie Cowins via Flickr

Arizona has the best sunsets in the country. This is a fact. Even Ella Fitzgerald agreed with this sentiment. When the sun sets here, the sky becomes this marvelous living painting. The golden sun in this photo setting over Phoenix just makes my heart feel warm. Everything will indeed be alright as long as the sun sets and rises.

8. Know That Life Goes on Like Normal Among the Wildlife in Tucson

Saguaro cacti in Tucson, Arizona.
Saguaro cacti in Tucson, Arizona | Image credit: PysberArtist via Flickr

Tucson is the true Old West. The natural landscape of the high Sonoran Desert is full of amazing saguaro cacti and magnificent mountains. The people who live in Tucson are incredibly proud of their city and surrounding natural landscapes. Tucson is teeming with wildlife and some of the most beautiful flora on the planet.

Take a moment and imagine (or remember) how peaceful and calm the Sonoran Desert can be on a spring day. The animals are out and about going on with their lives because there’s truly nothing to worry about. Everything is as it is supposed to be. Embrace the peace and allow the tranquility to come over you.

9. Listen to the Wind Blow Through the Pine Trees in Flagstaff

Golden summer in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Golden summer in Flagstaff, Arizona | Image credit: Deborah Lee Soltesz via Flickr

The cold winds of winter keep the snow on the ground in Arizona’s winter wonderland, aka Flagstaff. But in the summer, Flagstaff transforms into a golden paradise. Mt. Humphrey beckons you to come and smell the sweet pine and hike its gorgeous trails. The golden grass and green trees sway in the cool breeze. The sound of wind blows through the pine needles mimicking the sound of flowing water. Life goes on serenely.

10. Stand Strong Like Burnt Mountain

Burnt Mountain south of Tonopah, Arizona.
Burnt Mountain south of Tonopah, Arizona | Image credit: Ken Arneson

On the western border of Phoenix, Burnt Mountain rises from the desert landscape like a rugged ancient warrior. The mountain stands tall, reminding us to keep our resolve, we will rise above whatever surrounds us. And we will stand tall as beacons of hope for those who are still afraid. Burnt Mountain will continue to stand tall and proud for all to see.

11. Absorb the Strength of Four Peaks

Landscape shot of Four Peaks in the Tonto National Forest.
Four Peaks | Image credit: Jay Walt via Flickr

The northeastern skyline of Phoenix looks out over the majestic Four Peaks. Whenever the Tonto National Forest gets snow, the Four Peaks lets us know. When the peaks are snowcapped, it transforms the desert landscape of the Valley of the Sun into something truly gorgeous. The Four Peaks stand tall and strong no matter what storms come to them. Let Four Peaks be a symbol of our resiliency and our strength. We will overcome this coronavirus in Arizona. It will be weird for a little while, but we can’t and won’t be beaten by this. All is well with the world, changes happen, let’s turn and face the strange and the scary. The coronavirus pandemic will be over soon, and Arizona will continue on being the astonishing state that it is.

And remember, please don’t forget to support your local small businesses, they need you more than ever right now. We all have to come together and help each other through these trying times.

John Ghost is a professional writer and SEO director. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in English (Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies). As he prepares for graduate school to become an English professor, he writes weird fiction, plays his guitars, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. He lives in the Valley of the Sun. MuckRack Profile

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