Photography by Royce Howland


Cool Mist Is Cooling

Misters pump out a refreshing blast of water vapor over the blazing 45 C paved outdoor walks of a shopping center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

The Master Cowboy Storyteller

We got to spend over an hour with Bill, a truly fabulous western character from Scottsdale, Arizona. He was every inch a cowboy & rancher, and also a true Irishman with the gift of story-telling. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Evening Light On Sharp Thorns

Late evening light casts shadows on this adobe wall and boojum tree at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Ghost Town Church & Storage Tanks

Large storage tanks from abandoned mining works stand ranked behind a weather-beaten chapel in the ghost town of Goldfield, Arizona. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

So These Photographers Walk Into A Bar

A woman walks along the old bar in the dim light of this crazy old west location in Tortilla Flat, Arizona. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Ghost Of Server Present

Can you spot the ghost? The Asylum is a restaurant serving excellent food in a creepy old haunted hotel in Jerome, Arizona. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Laying It Out

Jim is a Vietnam vet. He hangs out on the streets but keeps up with the news, hits the Internet and tells people about his philosophy. We encountered him laying it out in Jerome, Arizona. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Aircooled Suites Available

The remains of this stone lodge stand in the Coconino National Forest, along a section of the Oak Creek West Fork trail (near Sedona, Arizona). The area was burned out in a forest fire years ago, but, tucked under a cliff face, the wooden parts of this structure escaped being consumed by the fire. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Roadside Thunderhead

On the road near Kayenta, Arizona, we stopped to try to photograph a mare and her colt. The horses were too skittish and moved away, but I took the opportunity to capture a summer storm cloud that had a thunderous look. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Greeting the Rising Sun

A small collection of early risers look towards the rising sun at Point Imperial on the Grand Canyon North Rim. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Clear Sky and Power Lines

There's a degree of controversy over power in Arizona, and in Alberta too. We want to use more electricity, but nobody wants the generation or the transmission lines in their back yard. Near Page, Arizona, heavy transmission lines criss-cross the sky. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

New Haircut Done Old School

In Flagstaff, Arizona, you can get a haircut by an experienced hand in this old-school barber shop. Viewing the scene firsthand, I felt like I had stepped through a portal and gone back several decades in time. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

When You Hit A Brick Wall Take the Stairs

On a guided tour of Flagstaff, Arizona, our guide took us through old parts of town and explained some history of what we were seeing. The narration was interesting, but the sun was beating down and the heat was scorching. I felt like I'd hit a photographic brick wall, and then saw this striking pattern of lines & shadows. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Good Motel When You're Completely Knackered

Here's a classic Route 66 type of sign. It towers over Flagstaff, Arizona like something that should more properly support a radar installation looking for incoming ICBM's. Looking at it, I had to laugh. Come on, a motel named Nackard? Reality is sometimes funnier & more interesting than anything you could make up. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Moving Into the Future

I liked the way that photographing into the darkened corridor at Arizona State University in Tempe gave fluid motion to the students walking back & forth. And a reminder that there's light at the end of the tunnel... we just need to keeping moving towards it. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Getting Out Of the Hot Sun

When it's something like +43 C outside, it can be hard to beat the heat. At least there's some shade among the levels of La Placita Village in downtown Tucson, Arizona, and that's where this man is headed. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

A Cowboy Needs A Good Horse

A modern day cowboy named Joe spends a moment settling down his horse after demonstrating some lasso work. A cowboy needs a good horse... and a horse needs a good cowboy. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Love Me Some Broasted Chicken

Now this is the kind of thing I think of when I think of Route 66. The building itself is long gone, but this sign remains near Apache Junction, Arizona. Does anybody still make broasted chicken? Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Horses and Horsepower

Driving past Agathla Peak in the Navajo Nation, on our way to Monument Valley, we passed a few horses at 60 MPH. I had a split second to react by sticking a camera out the window of the vehicle, and the result is one of my favorite images from the trip. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.

Carding the Wool

Visiting Monument Valley with a Navajo guide, we had some experiences that aren't possible just driving the normal tourist road. This included meeting an elderly Navajo weaver, Susie. It was very dark in the hogan, with only a bit of natural light coming in through the entry way. But it lit up her face when, as she carded some wool, she gave a little smile towards her daughter Effie just for an instant. Copyright © Royce Howland. All rights reserved.