Often the landscape disappears as we wander, our minds caught up with everyday thoughts of politics, gun control, or the latest environmental outrage.
The panorama changes as light varies and challenges the clouds for dominance of our perception of the landscape.
Sycamore Canyon was born over thousands of years, both from water coming off the Mogollon Plateau . . . and Parson's Spring which pours its water through 3 miles of Sycamore Creek, South into the Verde River.
Happily, colors of the canyon don't follow the water South to Phoenix.
Along the way, this water is diverted, evaporated, or otherwise dispersed so that it's no longer recognizable as coming from the spring.
But, we can go back for years and the colors will be there, teased by the light and clouds.