tribute to the desert

Catalina Mountains with Cacti

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Living Cholla

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Saguaro and mountain silhouette

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Prickly Pear cactus and wild grass

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Prickly Pear cactus internal webbing

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Cactus spines

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desert wildflowers at sunset

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Cacti and Catalina Mountains

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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.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      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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