Before Sunset

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso 100, f/20, 1/5 // buy print)

Yesterday afternoon I had a  conference call that was scheduled to run to 5:30. I was praying it got over early, because the snow on the Four Peaks was amazing and I knew I had to get out there again for sunset.

As luck would have it, the call ended at 4pm and I was bolting for the door. Camera gear, Lyla…her stuff, her DVD player…all of it. We both flew up the Beeline Highway to meet up with my fellow photogs Chris Frailey and Bryan Snider (see Bryan’s pics from last night right here!). I ran into them on Four Peaks Road, but as we usually try to do when we meet up…we went our own ways so that we all don’t end up with the same images.

I had a feeling these low hanging clouds would just ignite with color when the light hit them right, and sure enough…it was one of those absolutely stunning Arizona sunsets. I was in the truck looking for a great spot when I saw this majestic Saguaro still being hit with light atop this hill. You can even see the spikey yucca on the right getting a bit of light too as the sun was almost level with the hill I was standing on.

And if you can’t immediately see them, the Four Peaks sit on the right horizon, covered in clouds and snow.

I love this area of Arizona and I never get sick of the snowy Peaks. I could shoot them everyday.


  • Heath O’Fee

    Awesome frame, dude – those clouds are stunning. Glad you got there in time!

  • Len Saltiel

    Great light and clouds Mike.

  • Jesse

    Awesome sauce. Love those clouds and the classic Zona cactus? cacti?

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  • Chris DeAngelis

    Sick light and fantastic clouds!

  • Peter J. Hart

    Fantastic find. I really like the symmetry between the clouds and the vegetation that work to enhance the focal point of the cactus. It looks like a garden.

  • Ian McConnell

    Man, I miss Arizona sooooo much. Fantastic shot Mike.

  • jina

    But really, Before Sunset was a great movie. 😉

  • Aaron Levy

    Mike, again magnificent photo of Four Peaks, sunset, Cactus.. You and your photos including your family ones show soul & heart. Lyla is at a beautiful age.So much beauty and amazement in her at Flagstaff. I envy you, your skill at showing the ABSOLUTE BEAUTY of Arizona & family on a weekend vacation. She is a beautiful child. Thank you so much for the opportunity to view the wonders of nature in glorious desert Arizona.

  • John

    Photos like these really make me want to visit Arizona! Great job on this shot!

  • Adam Allegro

    Wow Mike. This is a sick shot. Love that warm orange in the sky. I can just barely see the snow on the mountains. Fantastic buddy.

  • A.Barlow

    Very cool shot Mike. Looks wonderful.

  • Talke Photography

    Mike, super!!!

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