As the Aspen Fire barrels up Marshall Gulch and through Summerhaven, a home on Phoenix Avenue falls to the flames – one of more than 300 structures destroyed. Losing them frustrated firefighters who were trained to save buildings but forced by flames to fall back.
Bob Foster hands his wife, the Rev. Jo Foster, a tea kettle from the kitchen area of their home on Ajo Avenue in Summerhaven.
A scorched motorcycle sits along Ajo Avenue in Summerhaven.
A burned car and the rubble of buildings show the fire's destructiveness along Summerhaven's main drag, where so many Tucsonans once enjoyed the mountain ambience.
Dani Hayhurst holds a picture of the interior of one of her cabins before it was destroyed by the Aspen Fire. Dani and Pat Hayhurst lost two cabins, and rebuilding, for them, is a tribute to the past.
The lush forest and the vibrant village of Summerhaven were largely reduced to ashes and smoldering rubble.
There is something quite wondrous about breaking a fresh trail - in science, in art and even in a medium as simple, and yet sublime, as new-fallen snow.
Walking through Summerhaven on a busy day can get dicey at times, given the road traffic and little or no space for pedestrians, which explains why Pima County plans to build a sidewalk through the mountain town next year.
Perhaps you don't recall strolling along the sidewalks of Summerhaven.
And a broader, tastier menu than their predecessor.
Brits are bypassing the big cities for America's smaller treasures.
It's one of the wonderful, quirky pleasures of life in Tucson: finding fantastic fall foliage in the Catalina Mountains barely an hour's drive from our desert city.
The forest floor near East Bear Wallow Road has a painted look these days, with fallen leaves creating patches of color.
Autumn is subtle in the lower desert, but fall colors abound now in Catalinas.
Left: Leigh Anne Thrasher and her donkey, Jasmine, take their time on Mint Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains.
Above: On Mint Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains.
Along the Mint Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains.
A bee keeps busy on Mint Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains.
on Mint Spring Trail in the Catalina Mountains on July 19, 2012. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star