Life Above The Needles

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.DSC_9604

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Winter Sunrise

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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.

Brittle Bush Invasion

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.DSC_7758

December’s Warmth

A massive Giant Saguaro cactus greets one of the last days of 2016. Captured at sunrise on Christmas Eve.dsc_6221

Good Boy

Christmas morning in the Sonoran Desert, North Scottsdale, AZ. I must have been good this past year, because Santa brought me this spectacular sunrise.

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Green River Glow

The last rays of sunlight lend a fast fading glow to the flowering brush along the the cliffs above the Green River.

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Wall of Thorns

Jolla, saguaro and one very large ocotillo form an imposing barrier.

I’ve always thought that the ocotillo is one of the most visually interesting plants in the Sonoran Desert, yet it’s always a challenge for me to actually put together a pleasing composition that features one. I’m not sure that I’ve accomplished that with this shot, but I hope you like it.

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