After spending a couple of weeks at Quartzite seeing friends and visiting another friend in Buckeye I went south to Organ Pipe Cactus NM for a few days. Been there before but it is a lovely campground and a good place to relax. I did get out one evening for some night images but the OP cactus were not close enough to the road for me to get any images of them. I tend to stick very close to the truck at night.
From Organ Pipe I headed over to Gilbert Ray cg, just south of Tucson. Very glad I got there on Thursday because when I got up Friday morning it was snowing! It didn’t let up so after breakfast I grabbed a camera and large zip lock bag to keep it dry and headed out to where I knew there might be some great photo opportunities. While I’m not a big fan of snow it was such a great opportunity I couldn’t pass it up. The roads were wet but not slippery.
At times it was snowing pretty good, the blurry spots are snowflakes coming down.
This is a great campground with electric hookups at each site. Given the very cold weather it’s been a real treat to not think about using up the propane.
My last day here it has warmed up and I even got a few sunset images.
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The last few days of my visit to the great Southwest were spent at Gilbert Ray cg in Tucson Mountain County Park. That is just down the road from the Saguaro NP
and AZ Sonoran Desert Museum. I did a couple of the drives in Saguaro NP and visited the ASDM with a friend another day. Must say that Museum is so much more than the typical “museum” it is really made up of several areas featuring desert plants, a couple of aviaries and several settings in which native wildlife live. The Otter, Cougar and Bobcat were visible, some of
Bobcat in the shade
the other critters were not but I’d say all the abodes were about as nice as any I’ve seen in any zoo or wildlife place. One of the highlights of the museum is the raptor shows they do twice daily. While we were there they flew 4 Harris Hawks, the only raptors know to work as a “pack”. Getting good photos was hard because I was facing into the sun.
One evening after a day of intermittent rain there was a glorious sunset. I’d found a place earlier in the day that I thought would provide a good foreground and it did. As the sun was setting it
AZ sunset with rain pouring down west of where I was
was lighting up yet more rain headed towards the campground, so it added something unique to the images. The next morning I got up early with hopes of capturing a good sunrise but the high mountain to the east and lack of clouds made that a non issue. As I stood there in the desert with my camera settings for the sunrise I spotted a coyote trotting by. Naturally I swung the camera to follow it, all the time thinking do I dare try to change the settings? Will it keep moving or stop? It stopped and I did get a photo ( but I didn’t realize it until later in the day).
Coyote in early morning light
Not the best ever but certainly the best/only one I can claim of a coyote at sunrise.
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