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Saguaro Sunset in the San Tan Mountains

A shot of a tall Saguaro cactus with the sun setting behind it. I drove out to the southeast side of the San Tan Mountains on Friday afternoon, hoping to find some flowers to photography at sunset. I didn’t find much, but I did like this shot.

Beautiful, stunning mountains on that side of those mountains.

The Green Arizona Desert

My buddy Jon who was in town with his family this past weekend joined me for a hike of the San Tan Mountains just southeast of the Chandler-Gilbert area. It’s a neat little regional park that I never really paid much attention to until I started getting into photography.

The views were great, but one of the main reason I went out there was to capture the greenery that is now covering much of the desert floor here in Arizona. The incredible amount of rainfall has created greenish tints to all the mountains around town and when you examine them closely, you’ll find newly growing grass, weeds and other vegetation.

Some of these vertical photos might look cool together in a side-by-side display…maybe three frames together, or one wide frame with three spots. I may try to do that myself.

This last photo is just a wide landscape shot of these cliffs on the south area of the San Tan Mountain range. It was too far for us to hike that day, but I plan to get closer eventually.

Trip up the Beeline

Last week I posted a photo of the Four Peaks sunset, one of my most favorite photos ever. However, that day was not just about the Four Peaks, but also of a little drive I took up the Beeline Highway whilst waiting for the clouds to clear the Four Peaks and the sun to set.

Here are a few of those shots!

This is a mountain just northeast of where the Beeline crosses the Sycamore Creek.

Another shot of that peak…the Beeline runs off in the distance.

A shot that I took while dodging traffic on the Beeline. I just loved the contrast of the road, the cactus and the stormy clouds.

The Bushnell Tanks near Sycamore Creek.

This sunset was shot right as I took the Four Peaks sunset that I posted last week.

Shot while driving down the Beeline and treated with an “old film” kind of style.

This is another shot while I’m driving and I did some mega-treatment to make it look old, plus layered it with a texture I took elsewhere.

Tuesday's Storms

This week is going to be wild and wacky in terms of weather. I’m hoping that we get enough rain so the Salt River is flowing and maybe some outlying washes become rivers because it sure would be fun to shoot a few photos of those thing!

Tuesday night was the second wave of storms, Monday having been fairly week. Tonight though, tons and tons of rain…at last look we had almost an inch of rain at our house! (see my weather station).

Before the storms came in though, there were some great clouds and falling rain that just HAD to be captured by yours truly, so here are  a few shots.

This first shot above was taken in the morning as the first wave of storms was leaving…only to be followed by the stuff below in the late afternoon.

Some desert photography

Over the Christmas break, we drove around a bit, to Anthem for a little shopping and then just some other random places. A few times we ventured further out to the edge of whatever little area we were in and looked for some desert landscaped to photograph. Here are a few.

This was shot up by Anthem. It’s combined with a texture I shot at a desert park on Lindsey and Chandler Heights.

This is the same shot in black and white.

A waterfall at the park here in Chandler. Hard to believe a sight like this is just around the corner. The day was cloudy, with virga clouds. HDR.

Black and white. HDR

Shot this in northeast Mesa, up on Brown Road. HDR.

This was taken up in Anthem as well. A hiking trail disappears off into the distance. HDR

Some photos with the new lens

Thanks to some wonderful graduation gift cards and money, I was able to purchase a new lens for my camera. It was a 50mm 1.4f (I know, what???) and is a great lens for portraits, low-light situations and many other types of pictures. It’s super-clear and has an amazing bokeh or “blurry” factor with objects behind your main area of focus.

Anyways, here are a few shots with this lens…nothing spectacular, although I do love the broken green bottle shot.

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