I’d spent the night before camping up on the cliffs in the distance. When morning arrived, I noted a dry river bed lined with golden Cottonwood trees many miles below. I drove down and hiked along the sandy bluff above the river until I found this spot. With the trees illuminated by the afternoon sun, I waited for the cliffs to fall into shadow before releasing the shutter.
The very first rays of sunshine light up a gnarled juniper pine that manages to survive on the edge of a cliff, high above the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Smoke from wildfires across the south west created a haze on the horizon.
A wet winter resulted in a very green Sonoran Desert this year. Here, the sun peaks over the mountains in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ, casting warm light on a lush landscape. The Ajo Mountains serve as a shaded backdrop.
A rainy winter in the desert southwest resulted in a colorful display of wildflowers in the hills above Bartlett Lake. These brittle bush glow brilliantly in the early morning light.