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...]

Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona

Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona by Anne McKinnell

Another one of the fantastic state parks we discovered in Arizona this year is Picacho Peak State Park, which is just south of Tucson. It's a landmark we noticed last year when we were driving by and we made a point of exploring it this year. It has a beautiful campground with huge sites and some nice hiking trails. You can actually hike right up to the top of the peak with … [Read more...]

Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains, Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona by Anne McKinnell

One of the best things about RVing is that you meet people along the way who tell you their stories of places they have been. It's not hard to discover the best places to go because they keep coming up in conversation. The Superstition Mountains in Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona, is one of the places that kept coming up, so we decided to pay it a visit. We didn't stay … [Read more...]

The Organ Pipe Cactus

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, by Anne McKinnell

I like going to new places. Of course, there are favourite spots from previous trips that are impossible to drive past, places I could visit again and again like Joshua Tree National Park. But as much as possible I like to discover new things, blaze new trails, and explore places previous unexplored (at least by me). And it's even better if those places are quiet … [Read more...]

Sunset on a Sleeping Princess

Sunset on Sleeping Princess by Anne McKinnell

Our favourite new campsite is a BLM site called Gunsight Wash near Organ Pipe Catus National Monument. In the distant hills is a formation known as the sleeping princess, and we had a great view of her right from our site as the sun set behind her. Imagine her lying on her back, the sun setting behind her head on the left, and the rest of her body on the … [Read more...]

A Typical Desert Scene

A typical desert scene in Organ Pipe National Monument by Anne McKinnell

As a landscape photographer, one of the things you'll find yourself doing a lot is waiting. Once you find your perfect location, you must wait for the light to be just right. While you're waiting, take a good look around. The light might not be perfect on the scene you've planned, but it might be perfect just behind you. On the evening I was waiting for the last light on … [Read more...]