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The Salt River Project has been releasing 25 cubic feet per second into the East Verde from the Blue Ridge pipeline at Washington Park. The gush of water had doubled the normally fitful summertime flow of the stream.

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I fell in love with her at first sight on that very first day. It was just past a bleak Christmas on my first day on a new job in Payson, after what felt like the collapse of my life. I had no sooner settled into my office, then the snow started drifting down onto the parking lot — big, lazy flakes with all the time in the world. So I grabbed a camera and headed out of the town to which I was a stranger, hoping to find an overlook from which to shoot a snowscape. Veering onto Flowing Springs Road, I parked and tromped through the gathering snow to an overlook. Below, the East Verde River wandered past the ridge, slipped under the highway bridge and eased on down through a subdivision. She took my breath away in that first, heart-stopping moment.

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