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Clear Creek attracts all kinds of people to its cool, shaded shores and shallow pools.

By Melissa Bowersock June 10, 2020
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With the temperatures rising, many of us seek out the cooler environs nearby: lakes, creeks and rivers.

By Melissa Bowersock June 3, 2020
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Spring is always the time of new beginnings, new life, no matter how small or insignificant.

By Melissa Bowersock May 11, 2020
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Amid the chaos in the human world, nature still keeps to her silent rhythms, unfolding her beauty for us to enjoy.

By Melissa Bowersock April 29, 2020
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In 2019, Clear Creek flooded on February 14. This year, it's March 14. The crossing on Verde Lakes Drive is, once again, not only flooded but torn up by the raging creek. Will the road be fixed in time for the monsoons? Only time will tell.

By Melissa Bowersock March 16, 2020
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In nature, art can be found anywhere, even in a mud puddle frozen during a hard freeze.

By Melissa Bowersock February 10, 2020
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While at the Grand Canyon recently, I was lucky enough to see some elk strolling through the juniper and pinyon pine along the west rim.

By Melissa Bowersock November 20, 2019
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Monument Valley is one of Arizona's more stunning and unique places.

By Melissa Bowersock September 30, 2019
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We often see these little guys after dark, either scurrying around our patios or climbing our outside walls.

By Melissa Bowersock August 16, 2019
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On July 16, there were no less than three fires in the area surrounding Camp Verde, and the smoke output was impressive.

By Melissa Bowersock July 22, 2019
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Noctilucent clouds are fairly unusual and only appear in certain conditions.

By Melissa Bowersock July 8, 2019
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The other day, the wispy clouds and the bit of moisture in the air combined to produce a rare sight: a sun halo.

By Melissa Bowersock June 13, 2019
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Clear Creek has disappeared. Beamed up by aliens? No, it has been completely rerouted by the recent flooding.

By Melissa Bowersock March 31, 2019
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The recent cold temperatures have produced a vast array of natural art within the puddles around town.

By Melissa Bowersock February 25, 2019
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Although it's still blustery and we're still starting the days with below freezing temps, we know spring is getting ready for its grand entrance.

By Melissa Bowersock February 12, 2019
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Friday, Feb. 15, Main Stage welcomes local favorite, DJ ill.Ego. DJ ill.Ego’s performance roots began at Cottonwood’s Main Stage and have seen him garner a thriving and ever-growing fan base not just in the Verde Valley, but throughout Arizona.

February 10, 2019
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On the last day of 2018, Camp Verde had a rare 4-inch snowfall.

By Melissa Bowersock January 2, 2019
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Whereas much of the Verde Valley wears its cloak of gray-green until midwinter, there is a hidden treasure in Oak Creek Canyon

By Melissa Bowersock November 1, 2018
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A Phainopepla is sometimes called a black cardinal--perhaps a cardinal's evil twin.

By Melissa Bowersock September 13, 2018
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On a recent trip to Alaska, my family and I were treated to a rare sight of Denali, The Great One, free of its pervasive cloud cover

By Melissa Bowersock August 21, 2018
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You know the summer is starting to wind down when you see Rufus hummingbirds at your feeder.

By Melissa Bowersock August 8, 2018
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Mammatus clouds, named for their similarity to the female anatomy, are generally a sign of unsettled weather.

By Melissa Bowersock July 28, 2018
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Jerome is a town of ghosts.

By Melissa Bowersock February 27, 2018
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Reflections of the fall color along Clear Creek bring to mind the impressionistic paintings of Monet.

By Melissa Bowersock December 8, 2017
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