It is obvious by the comments made that many of you have never llived in this beautiful state. Yes, the Phoenix metropolitan area is a mass of homes and development; but Arizona also consists of seven national forests, the Grand Canyon, numerous wilderness areas, a ponderosa forest, and still, a great deal of open desert. The mass exodus from the the frozen wilds of the east and midwest coupled with the loss of jobs due to outsourcing, have brought too many people to our oasis. It is this group of people who cling to the idea of green lawns and excess water use. I never have to water my lawn, it is all desert plants and does fine on its own.
The Colorado River and the chain of lakes and canals provide water to the cities and agricultural areas of the state. This system have gone on for centuries, beginning with the Anasazi tribe who built the first canals for their agricultural use. Our biggest problem is having to share this water with California!
Arizona is a beautiful state with gorgeous sunsets, like the one above. I wish the photographer had traveled a little further away from Sun City, perhaps to the White Tank Mountains, for a more favorable and indicative view of our great state.