On one of our first nights visiting Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona some clouds rolled in. It was quite unusual! So Ray and I drove into the park and found an area with lots of Saguaros to photograph. There are actually more Saguaros here than in Saguaro National Park!
The light was grey, but I could see a strip of open sky near the horizon where the sun would set, so I knew that when the sun was low enough, it would light up the mountains if only for a few seconds.
In my post earlier this week, I made it sound like finding a good Saguaro was easy. Sometimes it is – it will be right there in your campsite. Other times you have to look a little harder to find a good specimen – one that you can isolate from the others and doesn’t have a bunch of scrubby brush around it.
On this night Ray and I went hiking out into a field only to find that all the Saguaros were in little gullies making it difficult to capture both the Saguaro and the mountains. Ray found a hill to scamper up on for a higher perspective.
I decided to put my butt in gear and hike off on a mission to find a good Saguaro to put in front of those mountains. Once I found one, I had to wait for awhile hoping the light would come, and it did, literally for just a few seconds.
This is a 2.5 second exposure made with my Sony NEX6. Please click the image to view a larger version.
Afterwards the problem became how far did I hike? I wasn’t paying attention. And how close are those coyotes anyway? I decided to head the road and walk back that way so at least I knew where I was. I was kind of hoping I would get picked up by a border guard and delivered to my truck, but alas, no, I had to walk all the way back.