To me, Saguaro NP is all about the namesake cactus and intimate landscape.  I photographed the west section in late afternoon to past sunset.  From about 4PM, the light was magical, imparting a warm glow to the west facing landscape and sharply defining the green saguaro against the reddish hillsides.  The sunset was the best of the trip so far.  The following morning, I photographed the east section of the park.  Again, wonderful morning light.  I particularly enjoyed the ravines and washes along the Rincon Mountains.  I scrambled over lots of rocks to get to photo spots, and although early in the day, rattlesnakes were on my mind…no joy and no snake photos!

Just after sunrise from Cactus Forest Drive in the Rincon section of Saguaro NP. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray Warming Polarizer, Gitzo Tripod, Kirk BH-3 Ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

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  1. Erin March 27, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Love this photo! It reminds me of all those old Western paintings – all that’s missing is a cowboy. Glad you haven’t fallen into any cacti! Love you!

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