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.
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.
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.