The Flatiron cliffs of Lost Dutchman

I almost wanted to title this, “Hey Dutchman, I found the gold!”

A somewhat stormy day here in Arizona, awesome clouds everywhere, so I grabbed up my daughter from the babysitter and headed out to the Superstition Mountains and Lost Dutchman state park to take some photos. I’ve been around there a few times, but never have gotten a shot that I really liked.

And then I saw Flatiron and the fields of gold wildflowers surrounding the base of the cliffs. They were everywhere. It was amazing to see. Contrast it with sunlight breaking through stormy cumulus clouds and it made for a dramatic scene.

I’ d like to go back in about a week to really hike the trails that lead to the top. Having my amazing 17-month old daughter along for the ride made going too far difficult, but we did walk quite aways into the flowers. I have more photos I will post at a later time.

Technical crap…two, 3-bracket HDR photos merged into this panoramic. I was going to do more than three brackets, but without the magic promote tool I want someday, the clouds were just moving too fast for anything other than 3 quick shots.

Ah, I can’t help it…here is my daughter picking little flowers amidst a sea of gold.

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    This is spectacular! If I’m not mistaken, there is a Lost Dutchman Marathon in those parts as well, isn’t there?

  • Mike

    yup, you are right bob, there is a marathon that runs through this area! i had no idea, lol, I guess I’m just not a runner 🙂

  • http://www.jaytaylorphotography.com Jay Taylor -aka Sirfishalot

    Outstanding image Mike! Beautiful job on capture, composition and processing. I can see you selling very large & beautifully framed prints of this great scene.

  • http://www.scottygraham.blogspot.com Scotty Graham

    Dude!! This photo ROCKS!! (No pun intended)….I can’t believe it is not an editor’s pick on HDR Spotting….

    Nicely done!!

    Cheers,
    Scotty

  • Mike

    Thanks Scotty…yeah, I have a current Editor’s Pick up there right now (Arc of Glory) so maybe they didn’t want to show me too much of a good time 🙂

    Appreciate it!

  • Mike

    Jay, thanks so much…I’ve already printed it out to get matted, so hopefully someone ends up with it someday, otherwise I’ll keep it 🙂

  • http://www.imagedbyted.com Ted Wendel

    Great image. This is one of my favorite sites but I missed the flowers this year. It is always special to get clouds in AZ. Check out my image of Silly Mt.
    Hope to see you out there some time.
    Ted