tribute to the desert

Catalina Mountains with Cacti


Living Cholla


Saguaro and mountain silhouette


Prickly Pear cactus and wild grass


Prickly Pear cactus internal webbing


Cactus spines


desert wildflowers at sunset


Cacti and Catalina Mountains


Desert Yucca sunset

While I prefer living near the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah, I still find an undeniable beauty in the Sonora Desert, pictured here in images from the area just north of Tucson, Arizona.


27 responses

  1. Your photos have really shown us this desert’s beauty.

    October 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

    • That was the goal, Colline…thank you. 🙂

      October 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  2. A very beautiful fitting tribute Scott!

    October 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

    • Thank you, Adrian.

      October 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  3. Holy crap! Every single one of these shots is utterly amazing. You’ve really captured the beauty and essence of the dessert. Thank you for sharing this delightful tribute. What a great way to start my day!

    October 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    • You’re most welcome, Gunta…and thank you for your fantastic words!

      October 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  4. We have two friends, ten friends… or more. There’s no reason to put them in order of preference… Sometimes there’s no denying a special closeness. But other times, this one is just as close as that… just in a different way. Of course, when we choose a place to sit, we have many different considerations… and we can only sit in one place.

    October 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    • and saying that, I almost forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed your pictures. beautiful.

      October 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      • I think you’re correct, dear Shimon…and unfortunately, we can only sit in one place. Thank you, my friend.

        October 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  5. Wonderful.

    October 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    • Thank you, Melanie. 🙂

      October 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  6. I really like that 5th shot of what I assume must be some kind of dead cactus.

    October 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    • I understand that to be the inner webbing from one of the lobes of a Prickly Pear cactus….rather fascinating.

      October 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  7. Incredible!!! Thanks, Scott!

    October 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    • And thank You, too, Cathy. 🙂

      October 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  8. Beautiful series.

    October 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    • Thank you, Yvonne.

      October 15, 2013 at 7:08 am

  9. I appreciate these photos, Scott. I spent a lot of time in that area over the years and miss it terribly.

    October 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them so much, Terry…it’s good when we can reflect fondly on places we’ve been…even if it’s bittersweet.

      October 15, 2013 at 7:09 am

  10. Such different terrains – the mountains and desert – that each show the miracles and beauty of nature. You capture both magnificently Scott!

    October 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    • Contrasting nature…indeed wonderful, Robyn….thank you.

      October 15, 2013 at 7:10 am

  11. Powerful, almost savage, beauty; and beautiful warm light

    October 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    • Well-named, Andy…I agree with the “almost savage” beauty…sums it up very well.

      October 15, 2013 at 7:11 am

  12. This is great – these aren’t the kind of desert images one always sees or imagines. I like the back-lighting, the complexity, the emphasis on those spines!

    October 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    • Thank you, Lynn…I’m glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

      October 17, 2013 at 6:56 am

  13. a very diverse set of images which if viewed in isolation would not immediately indicate desert to the uninitiated but collectively excellent.

    October 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    • Thank you, Scott….nice words.

      October 24, 2013 at 6:56 am

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