Morning on the Apache Trail

Saguaro Morning
(please click to view larger on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 35mm f/1.4 l, f/5.0, iso 200, 1/800th // buy print)

Sometimes it’s hard to believe I live in a state with scenery like this. You take it for granted. I know I have at times.

This image was shot along the Apache Trail in the Superstition Mountains on the way to Roosevelt Lake in late December. I cannot recall a time I ever drove down this road. And it’s not a true road after awhile…the pavement ends and it’s dirt for the next 20+ miles. It was stunningly beautiful, especially on this morning. It was after an overnight winter storm and these clouds were being created “orographically” and ended up dropping snow in the higher elevations during our drive. We even got pelted with a bit of tiny hail further into the hills.

The light was fairly amazing as it poked out from all the clouds and there is nothing more beautiful than Saguaro cactus in the early morning hours.

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Dig the light on that far peak.

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse Pafundi

    This is really pretty and I’d like to take a picture here.

  • http://non aaron levy

    Magnificently beautiful..We visited the area but missed the trail..Love to return soon.

  • http://chrisdmrf.wordpress.com Chris Maskell

    Stunning scenery Mike, love the use of the light and shadows

  • Kristin

    GOD’S creation is stunningly gorgeous. Great job capturing it.

  • http://www.azphotoblog.com Clif

    Beautiful shot, Mike! The Apache Trail between Tortilla Flats and Roosevelt Lake is definitely an adventure, especially when encountering wide vehicles going the other way on a narrow section of the “road” at the top of a cliff.