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The Camel’s back…

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The desert is a fascinating place to me. Its timeless existence, its inpenetrable hardiness, its sheer rugged beauty provides such fodder for composition. Perhaps the fact that it’s just so different from what I see day to day that makes it seem like exotic territory, but still… you have to wonder when you really look closely: How does life survive in such a place? And yet, the succulent life sprouting up from these rocky crags proves life is ever-present. This view of the side of Camelback Mountain was shot at dawn’s early light, when the flickers and woodpeckers were stirring to life along with probably hundreds of other life forms I couldn’t see, but I certainly sensed. It was a pristine moment, alone,  in wonderment, in the chill of the February air. Hope you enjoy…

Good morning Phoenix…

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In my day to day life at home, things are usually pretty busy in the morning. I have teens to wake, lunches to prepare, emails to catch up on… the normal flurry of activity in a family household–all usually before 7 a.m. So the opportunity to step away, pack my gear, and photograph a picturesque scene like the one above is usually a nonstarter. But last week I traveled on business to Phoenix and had the pleasure of finding myself at the base of Camelback Mountain just before dawn. I am sure this photograph has been taken before; it’s not unique or ground breaking, but all that mattered to me was being able to witness those rich pink rays as they struck gold on Camelback’s eastern side. It was a pristine, silent moment. The kind you live for as a photographer of nature’s wonders. Hope you enjoy…

Prickly subject…

 

This is a second take on the subject that appeared in my last post. I liked the monochrome treatment as I felt the stark contrast worked well with catching the light on the prickles. But here, the warmth of the scene gives an entirely different feel. You can truly close you eyes and imagine being bathed in that morning desert light. The subject however, is not any more inviting! Ouch! Hope you enjoy…

If these walls could talk…

 

When I see an old building like this, abandoned and slowly deteriorating, I often wonder about some of the colorful stories that must have taken place between those walls. This old saloon, halfway between the urban sprawl of Phoenix and the red rockscapes of Sedona, seems likely to have witnessed some interesting characters in and out of here in its prime. Why the barbed wire on the roof should tell you something, huh?  I particularly liked the lonely old tree out front, a reminder that while human inhabitation comes and goes, the strongest of nature lives on, impervious to the economy, or the comings and goings of the folks who must have once frequented this old watering hole. And, not to pass judgment of the caliber of those individuals, but the (ahem) name of the establishment below probably says it all. Hope you enjoy…

 

Desert blues…

My title for this shot relates to the fact that one often thinks of the desert in browns, oranges, and tans, but when I visited the high desert of Arizona a couple of months ago, I found it to be quite the opposite. This shot, over the beautiful Sonoran Desert, was thick with vegetation and in the early morning when this was taken, a soothing blue cast was reflected from the deep azur sky above. So gorgeous, you just wanted to drink it in. Hope you enjoy…

Sky candy…

I admit it. I am a sucker for gorgeous skies. Sunrises and sunsets are kind of like the golden retriever puppy of photographic images–things just look more beautiful, more poignant, when they are framed by a deeply striking sky. But while they are alluring, that is not to say the sky should do all the compositional heavy lifting. The sky may be the star of the show, but its supporting cast–that is the rest of the composition–must be strong as well, in order for the image to really work. This photo, for example, was the result of an early morning trek outside my hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona a couple of winters ago. I knew I wanted to capture the deep orange glow of the morning( and Mother Nature did not disappoint) but it took a while to settle on the balance between earthly and ethereal delights. This rock was actually a small, faraway hill, the palm branches on the resort property where I stayed deceivingly make it look as if everything in silhouette are relatively close. I loved the jagged edges and curves of the rock, as they carved a sharp line against the crayola morning sky. In the end, this is the frame that spoke to me. Hope you enjoy…

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