Prickly Pear

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35 2.8, 17mm, f/20, iso 100, 0.5 sec // buy print)

Back in mid-December we had some great cold fronts move through the state leaving snow on the mountains surrounding Phoenix. I must have been out in the Four Peaks and Superstition Mountains area every other night for a week. Trying to capture a sunset…trying to get the snow on the hills.

This was probably one of the more gorgeous sunsets of 2011 that my camera saw. You can see the snowy Four Peaks off on the right horizon, shrouded by clouds.

The foreground is filled with Prickly Pear cacti…and you can see a few of the “leaves” have captured the last rays of the setting sun. In fact, it was kind of a hard shot to get because my own shadow kept getting in the way.

Within about 45 seconds, the light was completely gone. I took this shot right after this other one I posted awhile ago with the giant Saguaro.  An amazing sky that evening.

  • http://www.jimdenhamphotography.com Jim Denham

    Love the rays on the cacti – beauty image Mike!

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Prickly pear, thats fun to say. Love the balance of light here, beautiful color.

  • http://www.edithlevyphotography.com Edith Levy

    Beautiful light and composition Mike.

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Looks really good Mike. Like the orange clouds brings it all together.