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Phoenix, Arizona

This photo of a cactus in it's natural surrounding as well as the following seven photographs were all taken in 'South Mountain Park' which has nearly 17,000 acres of rugged desert mountain terrain. Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)
When you think of the desert, don't you imagine a cactus that looks like the one overlooking the Valley of The Sun? Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)
Here is a view from the hills of 'South Mountain Park' looking back down towards the city. Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)
This view of the city of Phoenix was taken from Dobbin's lookout at the top of 'South Mountain Park'. Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)

This view is looking to the northwest from near Dobbin's lookout at the top of 'South Mountain Park' Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)
To give you a feel for the size, I estimated that this cactus stood about ten feet tall. There are many that are much larger. Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)
This type of cactus almost lights up as you can see. I had this type of cactus in my yard at one time and remember that if you touched it, the only way to remove the needles was to use a pair of pliers!
While driving through 'South Mountain Park' the type of cactus shown here almost appeared to radiate light. This photo was taken in late afternoon. Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)

This shot was taken at sunset from 'South Mountain Park' Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)
Another shot taken at 'South Mountain Park'. This time I was facing northeast so that the colorful light of the setting sun would be captured on the rocks. Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)
This time I was looking directly into the sunset. I used a graduated neutral density filter to try to reduce the light level of the sky to more closely match the level of the rocks in order for the film to be able to capture the scene. Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)
Another shot looking almost directly into the sunset. This time though I used a longer lens so that I could select just a portion of the mountain scene. I also wanted to give the silhouette appearance to the mountains so I let the dark mountains fall into the shadows. Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)

This picture has the lights of Phoenix in the background with an interesting rock formation found at South Mountain Park. Phoenix, AZ. 'Nikon F100 35mm SLR' (Click for larger view)



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