25-26 MAR: SUPERSTITION WILDERNESS/LOST DUTCHMAN STATE PARK

The Superstition Mountains face west…with the vibrant color of the setting sun behind me and the wonderful light on the mountains in front of me…a magical evening.  The real challenge was choosing a strong foreground element – in this case a saguaro with enough clearance around it to stand out against the mountains behind.

Sunset on Superstition Mountains from Lost Dutchman SP near Apache Junction AZ. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Singh Ray 3-stop split ND filter, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photo.

Once the light faded on the mountain in front of me, I still had enough time to capture a saguaro silhouetted against the last glow of the setting sun to the west.

Lone saguaro against the setting sun from Lost Dutchman SP near Apache Junction AZ. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photo.

I hiked the Siphon Trail the next morning – mostly up!  About halfway, a small pool of water lay at the base of what would be a waterfall at wetter times of the year.  Even so, this small pool provides an important source of water.  While sitting there, the quiet was broken by a loud and rhythmic hum…how a creature as small as a hummingbird can make so much noise is beyond me.  On the way down, I finally found some of the flowers I hoped for in this area.

Mexican Poppy. Lost Dutchman SP AZ. Nikon D300, Nikon 105mm macro, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead,Photoflex LiteDisc diffuser. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

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4 Comments

  1. starshineandbear March 27, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    Great image! This is one of my wife’s “bucket list” things, to get a cactus images like this. We struck out in big Bend and will probably head west next.

  2. Dave March 27, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Hope all is going well brother. Have already started reading some of the books you provided. Dave

  3. Sam March 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    The mountain shot is really cool. Awesome photos, enjoy the trip! Sam

  4. Shahid Saigol March 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Love the lone saguro sunset picture, Saigol Family Tampa

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