Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona
The site of Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and studio, Taliesin West offers tours of the campus (still an operating architecture school), including Wright's private quarters. The crenelations and incidental woodwork that he designed produces really interesting shadows, and I loved playing with positive/negative space in the pictures.
Saguaro National Forest, Arizona
After my wife's conference, we drove from Tempe to Las Cruces, New Mexico to visit her mother. On the way, we stopped in the Saguaro National Forest for some amazing views. When walking through the forests of cacti, you cannot help anthropomorphizing the large saguaro.
Aguirre Springs, New Mexico
In New Mexico, we took a day trip to Aguirre Springs, where I took some neat macro shots.
White Sands, New Mexico
If you've never been to White Sands, it's something you need to do. The sand is weathered gypsum crystals, which is why it is so stark white. We stayed until just into sunset, to get some good shots.