Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Summit of Mt Wrightson

In the last weekend of January, I drove south of Tucson to the Coronado National Forest to hike to the top of Mt. Wrightson, which is the tallest peak in southern Arizona (~9,500 feet or ~2,800 meters).  A storm had moved in over the weekend, and we watched the the sun peek through clouds around the mountain range as we approached Sahuarita.  I was actually glad to see the clouds because cumulus and nimbus clouds can help add a sense of atmosphere to panoramas.  However, as we worked our way up the side of the mountain, the temperatures dropped and the wind picked up.  By the time we reached the ridge below the peak, we were hiking in snow.  The top of the mountain range was completely in the clouds, and visibility was reduced to about 30 feet (10m).  I still had a great time- the trees were covered in tinkling icicles and the windswept summit had a certain beauty of its own (even if we couldn’t see into Mexico).  I hope you like a few of the photos.

Wrightson Burn and FogWrightson Burn and Fog, Coronado National Forest, AZ (16″x52″)

Frozen Tree on WrightsonFrozen Tree on Wrightson, Coronado National Forest, AZ (12″x18″)


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