Cactus, Birds, and a Colorful Desert
This part of Arizona, around Tucson, is very pretty and green. There are so many different cacti, and trees here that it’s like a big prickly forest. Of course the evening is the very best time for photography, so we went up the road to the Saguaro National Park the other day.
We went early enough that we were able to go on a short hike up this hillside. Rocky and rugged, different and wonderful.
This guy looked almost like an octopus.
When the sun started to set, the colors really came out. This is looking to the east. I love the pink skies.
I told Al I could spend a whole day just taking pictures of the saguaro. He said, No…you would need a whole year.
We left the Gilbert Ray campground yesterday. While campgrounds are not usually our thing, this one is pretty nice, and I really enjoyed all the different birds and cacti.
This week the 2LilOwls photo challenge was to take a photo out of focus. This cholla cactus was my test subject. I wanted to experiment with motion blur, something I haven’t tried before.
I had to turn my f/stop way high, so I could slow down the shutter speed. This was shot at f/30 and a shutter speed of 1/15. Then I moved the camera ever so slightly when I pressed the shutter. I kinda like the effect. What do you think?
The Dogwood 52 challenge was to take 10 shots of 1 thing from different angles, or settings then pick a favorite. I used this sculpture that Al is working on, and this was my favorite shot.
Happy Tuesday everyone!!