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 day photos I shared with you last time, the sky opened and was once again a solid deep blue with hardly any clouds at all.
I love the colour contrast between the red rocks, the green cactus, and the blue sky! The recent rains made the air clean and saturated the colours of the red soil and the foliage.
I was trying to come up with some different compositions since I now have quite the collection of photos from this park. I wanted to find a way to convey the density of the cactus forest.
To make the photo below, I climbed on top of a hill to get a better perspective and cut the sky out of the frame altogether. There was not a single cloud in this direction, so no sky was better than a blank sky for this scene.
Then I took the opposite approach and got close to a Saguaro Cactus to show the intricate patterns and how the needles glow red in the backlight.
Don’t get too close! These cacti can be dangerous! I always wear long pants and my good hiking boots when I hike here because these cacti with all their arms like to jump out and grab you – and they don’t give warm cuddly hugs.