Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Posts tagged “wilderness

Rock Prow at Sunset

We scrambled and boulder-hopped onto a small ridge above camp to watch the sun set over the Rincon Mountains.RockProwCloudsatSunset Rock Prow at Sunset, east of Rincon Peak, AZ (12″x18″)

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Exfoliating Rock and Clouds

A texture-focused photograph of the exfoliating bedrock and clouds east of Rincon Peak in southeastern Arizona.

ExfoliationsAndCloudsEastofRinconPeak

Exfoliations and Clouds, east of Rincon Peak, AZ (12″x18″)


Exfoliating Rock East of Rincon Peak

Just east of the Rincon Mountains and Mescal Road (Forest Road 35), a second, shorter series of hills pokes up from the desert floor. From a satellite view, I could see waves of rock with nearly parallel fissures running NW-SE through the hills. Sediment is draped over parts of the exposed bedrock like a blanket. This spring, we camped near a stream bed and spent the day exploring the landscape of shattered rock and high desert grass and cacti. I took a series of photographs of the exfoliating bedrock that appears as if it is shedding its old skin.

ExfoliatingRockSlabRinconMountainsExfoliating Rock Slab, east of Rincon Peak, AZ (16″x50″)

ExfoliatingRockandCloudsRinconMountainsExfoliating Rock and Clouds, east of Rincon Peak, AZ (16″x37″)


Cholla Cacti and Sandias in Clouds

Here is another view of the Sandia Mountains from near the Elena Gallegos trailhead. In the distance to the right of the peak, the tram car has just exited the clouds on its way down the mountain.

ChollaCactiCloudySandiasCholla Cacti and Cloudy Sandias, Sandia Mountain Wilderness, NM (12″x18″)


Road to Sandia Mountain Wilderness

The El Nino this year has so far brought a bit of the projected winter rain and snow to the Southwest. I spent a few days in New Mexico over the holidays,  and I took my yearly panorama of the Sandia Mountain Wilderness draped in clouds from one of the winter storms we have received so far.

RoadSandiaMtnWildernessCloudsRoad, Sandia Mountain Wilderness, Clouds, outside Albuquerque, NM (16″x76″)


Aravaipa River Panorama

While the rest of my group hiked up the river, I spent about half an hour standing knee-deep in water photographing ripples and a small rapid in the Aravaipa River. Here is one of my favorite angles on the water and rocks.

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Aravaipa Flowing Water, Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, AZ (16″x56″)


Aravaipa Canyon River

Last weekend, I took a day trip to the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness to hike up the first few miles of the 11-mile Aravaipa Canyon. Cottonwoods, cat tails, and reeds line the water as it snakes through the surrounding saguaro cacti and ocotillo of the Sonoran Desert, and 1,000-foot canyon walls rise up on either side of the lush riparian area. Although conglomerate and volcanic rocks form the cliff walls, from a distance this part of southern Arizona reminds me of the Canyonlands and Zion.

AravaipaRiverandRocksAravaipa River and Rocks, Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, AZ (16″X47″)