The Three Watchmen

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 35mm 1.4 l, f/22, iso 200, 1/4 sec // buy print)

There is something majestic about the Saguaro cactus. When they stand by themselves, or even in a group of three…they make me think of something ancient…guardians of the world. Almost like Ents from Lord of the Rings.

Ooops, there’s my nerdy side.

I was driving down this road chasing a gorgeous storm coming in over the Bradshaw Mountains when I spotted these guys. I just loved, loved, loved the composition with the storm in the background, so I set up and prayed that I’d capture a strike.

This was one of those “I hope I get lucky shots” where I had to employ rapid fire with the camera because it was still so light out.

Well, I did get lucky and couldn’t have asked for a better placed lightning bolt.

One of my favs from 2011.

  • Brian Furbush

    Whoa dude. Dig. Better to be lucky than good sometimes right?

  • Chris Frailey

    Nice one Mike. Love the downpour in the background.

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    That is ASTONISHING, Mike, what a truly breathtaking capture!

  • Jesse

    Outstanding frame. So many elements going on but so well balanced. Really love the layered mountains off to the left.

  • John Sotiriou

    location, location, location (with a little bit of luck). Nicely done!

  • Len Saltiel

    Fabulous capture Mike. The drama and the composition is terrific.

  • Dave DiCello

    You’ve certainly nailed this one man, this is incredible! Love the LOTR reference too, got the extended edition Blu Rays for Christmas, can’t wait to watch them!