Thursday, July 2, 2009

Paradise Valley at Dusk

I took this photo while standing on Camelback Mountain looking towards Mummy Mountain and Paradise Valley at sunset.

The colors of the sunset that night were gorgeous.

We technically live in Paradise Valley, which is adjacent to both Phoenix and Scottsdale. It is a very small community with only about 14,500 residents and about 5,000 households. 

Generally, Paradise Valley allows on average only one house per acre so it is very low density, which provides habitat for wildlife.

When we step out our front door, however, and cross the street we are in Scottsdale so we live, work, and play in both communities.

Paradise Valley has twelve major resorts, which makes it a prime tourist destination in Arizona. Paradise Valley is only 15.5 square miles in size. It is a quiet enclave of the large metropolitan Valley of the Sun.

For those interested, notable residents of Paradise Valley include Alice Cooper, Muhammed Ali, Stevie Nicks, Mark Grace, Jeff Hornacek, Hugh Downs, Sandra Day O'Connor,  Randy Johnson, Paolo Soleri, and Bill Keane to name a few. Past residents also include Barry Goldwater, Erma Bombeck, and William Rehnquist.

16 comments:

brattcat said...

So beautiful.

Lachezar said...

That deep blue colour dissolving into orange at the horizon is just mesmerizing! Beautiful image. Interesting info too! Cheers and all the very best!

Olivier said...

magnifique les couleurs du ciel. Il y a du beau monde dans cette vallée.
Very nice colors of the sky. There are beautiful people in this valley.

Kate said...

Peace and serenity describe this calm, lovely scene.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Paradise Valley is indeed a beautiful place. It is very intent on maintaining its low density residential character. There are no stores and no gas stations. I think that the only businesses are the resorts, one interior decorator, and one small complex of doctor's offices, with many of the doctors located in the complex being cosmetic surgeons.

Sharon said...

beautiful sunset shot!

Lois said...

A stunning photograph Julie! I visited your area about 9 years ago to attend a football game and I have always wanted to go back.

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

Wow

gogouci said...

Great photo. I like the city lights ... homes coming alive as the sun sets.

Prospero said...

Paradise Valley was aptly named. Wow!

glenda said...

Peaceful and quiet.

~Cheryl said...

Oh, my goodness! This is a stunning photo! Fantastic!

JM said...

Gorgeous dusk!
I've started checking Julie & Dave's travels... :-)

Don and Krise said...

The different levels of color are really appealing on this one. Great photo.

Ash said...

Gorgeous dusk!

Thérèse said...

Notable residents include... and Julie & Dave. lol

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