More Cacti at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Vista at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument by Anne McKinnell

Do you ever get tired of scenes like this? Sometimes I run out of words to go with the photographs, but I always love photographing at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona. It's become one of my favourite destinations on our snowbird trips. Changes in the weather here make very dramatic differences to the photographs. Just a couple of days after I made the stormy … [Read more...]

Photography at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Arizona by Anne McKinnell

Who knew it could rain so much in the desert? I like to be right inside the parks, on location and ready to go at a moment's notice, for at least a few days at each park we visit. Photography at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona is a photographer's dream -- even on blue sky days like we had on our first visit. We camped on free BLM land for a few days and … [Read more...]

Waiting for the Moment in the Desert near Ajo Arizona

Ajo Arizona Sunset #1 by Anne McKinnell

While driving south along Highway 85 towards Ajo, Arizona, I noticed some really cool rock formations in the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. Unfortunately, because it's an air force range and they do air-to-ground bombing practice, you're not allowed in. In fact, when we drove by there were A10 Warthogs shooting 30mm canons at targets. It was quite an impressive sight to … [Read more...]

Wandering into a Bighorn Ram

Big Horned Sheep by Anne McKinnell

I like to wander. In fact, I think wandering is one of my favourite things to do! Sometimes I am keeping my eye out for something specific - and other times I try to keep an open mind and see what nature has in store for me. Recently I was wandering in the desert near Quartzsite, Arizona, generally looking for a nice landscape composition to practice with my new 10-18mm wide … [Read more...]

Organ Pipe Cactus at Sunset

Organ Pipe Cactus at Sunset by Anne McKinnell

Here I am back at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona and I realize I've looped myself! I have photos from this location that I made a year ago that I haven't published yet. Here's one of them: Making an image like this is all about waiting for the perfect light. I wanted nice sunset colours and to have the cactus in silhouette, but with just enough light … [Read more...]

Saguaros as Far as the Eye Can See

Distant Cactus by Anne McKinnell

Saguaro National Park, in Arizona, is a special place. The sheer density of the Saguaro Forest is captivating and I love how the cacti look against the red rock. Usually I photograph them from ground level, often from a low angle looking up to emphasize their immense size. But seen from above, you get a totally different feel for the place. To get a good vantage point, we … [Read more...]

How to Create a Good Composition in a Crowded Desert Scene

Saguaro Cactus in Quartzsite Arizona by Anne McKinnell

The Senoran Desert, in southern California and Arizona, is packed with all sorts of cacti and other plants. You never have to go far to find a good subject to photograph. In fact, deciding on which subject to photograph and isolating it from the rest of the plants is the most challenging part! Creating a good composition in a crowded desert scene is a matter of elimination, … [Read more...]

How Cute is a Baby Burro?

Baby Burro by Anne McKinnell

Baby animals are always pretty cute, but I'm not sure there are any as cute as a baby burro! At our campsite in Why, Arizona, I could often hear the burros eeyore-ing off in the distance. So one evening, as the light started to get soft and golden, I decided to take a walk on a trail behind the campsite and see if I could find them. Please click on the images to view … [Read more...]