Mountain, Phoenix AZ

Phoenix is surrounded by mountain ranges, mountains, and big piles of rock.  It’s unforgiving country, but absolutely spectacular when seen from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.

It’s also spectacularly difficult to photograph.  The harsh sunlight and the light soil combine to wash out most photos.

I took this photo at the end of March at 4:30 in the afternoon, trying to capture some late-afternoon shadows and the warmer light.

Panoramic view of Supersititon Mountain with Sonoran desert in foreground.



    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim – High praise indeed! And timely, since we’re on another Road Scholar tour right now. Just finishing up in Costa Rica and heading off to Panama tomorrow.

  1. Marion Neiman

    Beautiful! This looks like what I see out of the window in Tucson, complete with saguaros. I have also been frustrated that the camera won’t always capture what our eyes see – without some special manoeuvring.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Marion – I guess if I were better with post-processing, I could adjust the too-light floor of the desert, the way my eye does quite naturally. Maybe in my next life.

  2. Anything evocative of heat and light is welcome on a snowy day when the nighttime temps will drop to minus 20. Saguaros, snakes, heck, even alligators are welcome reminders that the sun will shine and limbs thaw. Keep ’em coming, Isabel.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – Brrr! After a week of heat and humidity, I’m about done with being too hot, so yours is a timely reminder that the alternative isn’t maybe what I would choose, either.

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