There I was, minding my own business when a friend of mine called and said,” You have to come out here right away and photograph the most incredible sight you’re ever going to see. It’s snowing on the cactus in my backyard”! Well he lives right at the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. His backyard edges to the preserve. I grabbed my gear and jumped in my car and drove east, watching the snow melting and disappearing, right before my eyes. I got there soon enough to catch a few melting cactus plants with the snowy mountains in the background. This is indeed a rare sight for us desert rats and we get a little crazy when it snows. This may well be our last winter storm. Let’s hope not, cause we can use the moisture.
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It’s Snowing on the Superstitions
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A rear sight in Phoenix area, is a colorful desert. Maybe every 10 years we will get enough winter rain to wake up the dormant seeds buried in the desert floor. If so spring comes alive and it’s a crazy time for photographers, who are out in droves. And so we wait for another wet winter..and wait..and wait!
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Arizona Desert Flowers
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Hard to believe there was a day when tractors were steam driven, just like locomotives. At Goldfield’s Ghost Town in Apache Junction, Arizona, there are quite a few old rusting farm and mining machinery just lying around wasting in the sun. I’m sure this steamer has seen alot of gunfights in the streets of this western-style tourist haven. Great place for HDR photography on a cloudy day, with all it’s distressed wood buildings and ancient oxidizing gold mine equipment and things. I’ve taken many photos over the years at this location from engagement photos, christmas card photos, to high dynamic range photo tours. Great spot to visit if you’re in the Phoenix area. Make sure you check out the steakhouse with live entertainment.
Steam tractor at Goldfields
Wow!! 90 Daily Post and counting!
I took it as a challenge to try and post one photo each day of a journey I’ve taken somewhere in the world in the last few years. About 80% of the photos I post are HDR. I feel there is a story behind each photo and most of the time I let the photo tell most of the story. Though landscapes are my passion, I occasionally wander off into other styles. I travel frequently and my goal is to share with you some of the special places I have visited and hope you find some that can end up on your bucket list. This week I’m photographing some special spots around San Diego and will be bringing them to you soon. Exciting destinations are also planned this summer. Stay tuned and thanks to all for visiting.
Each year a buddy of mine throws a New Year’s Party up next to the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix in Arizona. Each year as luck would have it there are spectacular sunsets. He lives on the edge of a preserve that is the foothills of what is pretty much a desert wilderness. As it gets dark you hear the coyotes in the distance and you’re looking over your shoulder for mountain lions that have been spotted frequently enough in the area. My friend starts summoning me back to the party, saying, “It’s not safe out there alone after dark”. I yell back,”Not before I get my shot”! He never goes out beyond his property without a gun. My only weapon is a tripod with a camera attached. It gets creepy after dusk so I head back with hopefully some good shots. You be the judge, but one thing is for sure ..you can’t beat those Arizona sunsets!
New Years Sunset in Arizona
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Well it’s not really a toy train, but a train ride for tourist at Goldfield’s Ghost Town out in Apache Junction, Arizona. I remember as a kid being crazy enough to try and hop on a real moving train. Sounds all to crazy now, but it was all in a days thrill as a 10 year old. Won’t be trying that any time soon. Age makes you wiser and little more sore in morning.
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HDR: 3 photos merged in Photo Matix and fine tuned in Topaz Adjust