Welcome to DesertAura.com!
The DesertAura website was started in 1998 as a pictorial of the communities in Cochise County, Arizona.
It all started with my first digital camera. I quickly realized the economical benefits of digital photography
(no recurring costs for film and developing!) and the ease with which photos could be displayed for others on
the Internet. I was eager to do something with my camera and photographic passion that would be of interest to
others. From this desire, the concept for DesertAura was born: a pictorial website of all the communities in
Cochise County. DesertAura started out as a very "documentary" sort of website, with photos of public buildings
and facilities, parks, schools, shopping districts, and housing areas. Because one of my favorite pastimes was
being outdoors and hiking in the mountains, it was only natural that I include an Outdoors category in DesertAura
where I displayed photos from my hikes in the many beautiful areas of southern Arizona. Later, I added an Events
category, sharing photos of the many public events held throughout Cochise County each year.
DesertAura has since expanded to include photos from places beyond Cochise County and Arizona. This necessitated
the change of the website's subtitle from "A Cochise County Pictorial" to "A Desert Lands Pictorial."
Cochise County is located in the southeast corner of Arizona. As Arizona counties go, Cochise is only average-sized.
At about 6200 square miles, it is slightly larger than Connecticut (which is 5544 square miles). The population of
Cochise County is approximately 120,000.
Cochise County was established on February 1, 1881, and is named after the great Chiricahua Apache chief. Cochise
County is rich with classic old west history, from Apache and U.S. Cavalry conflicts to famous outlaw shootouts to
mining boom towns and ghost towns. The landscape is a vast array of mountain ranges and desert grasslands. The two
highest points are Chiricahua Peak (9,795 ft) in the Chiricahua Mountains on the eastern edge of the county and
Miller Peak (9,466 ft) in the Huachuca Mountains on the western edge of the county.
All text and photographs © Beverly L. Parks. Do not use without permission.