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...]

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...]

A Secret Oasis of Barrel Cacti

Barrel cacti in Nevada by Anne McKinnell

Somewhere off the beaten track in middle of nowhere, Nevada, I saw an interesting rock outcropping in the distance. "Let's go explore!" I said to Ray. I could see the look in his eyes. "Long Pants!" I exclaimed. So we donned our long pants and set off amongst the prickly pear cactus, the teddy bear cholla, the walking stick cactus, the spitting needle cactus, the … [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...]

Gila Woodpeckers and Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus Birds Nest by Anne McKinnell

I always see Gila Woodpeckers on the Saguaros everywhere we go in Arizona. I don't know how they manage to perch themselves against so many spiny needles! You even see them standing on the very top of the cactus as if they are smooth telephone poles. Believe me, they are anything but smooth! Please click the image to view a larger version. I came across this Saguaro in … [Read more...]

Ocotillo Abstract

Ocotillo Abstract by Anne McKinnell

At our BLM campsite in Gunsight Wash, near Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona, it was one of those sunsets where there is just a tiny strip of colour next to the horizon. To make the most of it, I decided to use my telephoto lens so the colours would fill the frame and then I got behind an Ocotillo cactus and used its spiny stems to make an interesting graphic design … [Read more...]