Gloomy overcast skies yesterday at Petrified Forest National park zapped most of the color from the painted desert, especially from all the red hills. However, blueish hues like those on Blue Mesa still looked pretty good.
Heavily overcast and sometimes even foggy conditions yesterday made the Painted Desert at Petrified Forest National Park look...well...not so painted. I found more color along the Puerco River, which flows through the Petrified Forest and is lined with trees currently in their autumn prime.
I don't understand why my dog doesn't like her new friend. Normally she loves bones.
The Hunt for Red October
Right now in the San Francisco Peaks yellow aspens are everywhere but there are precious few red trees. In fact I know of only three red groves in the entire range. Each of them is exceedingly small and located high above any road or trail so almost nobody photographs them. Yesterday it took 1.5 hours to climb just one mile to reach this spot.
San Francisco Lupins
I went hunting for wild sunflowers yesterday in the San Francisco Peaks. I must say I was quite disappointed...until I stumbled upon these lupins. Yeah, there's a lot of flash goin' on here. Two of them in fact. I did 14 takes before getting the shutter, aperture, ISO, flash output #1 and flash output #2 just right, and just in time to catch the sun before it disappeared completely.
Two Sunsets Are Better Than One
I took this photo yesterday in the San Francisco Peaks. It just goes to show that even the most mundane places, like a mudhole for watering cattle, can be spectacular in the right light. Technically speaking, the only real challenge with photos like this, other than timing, is keeping your reflection-destroying dog from disturbing the calm, glassy water. The trick is throwing treats in the opposite direction.
Where The Yellow Things Are
Wild Sunflowers on Robinson Mt. on the Coconino National Forest, with the San Francisco Peaks in the distance. Unfortunately this photo is from 2011. I returned to this spot the other day and there were virtually no flowers. The area's just too dry this year. There is, however, a great display of sunflowers right now near an unusually well-watered "marsh" near Mormon Lake (see the other two photos I posted earlier in the week).
Mormon Marsh I
So far it's looking like this will be a poor year for wild sunflowers. Most of the hills and meadows normally covered with them are dry and bare. There is, however, an unusually well-watered sea of yellow near Mormon Marsh...I mean...Mormon Lake...right now that's one of the largest displays I've ever seen. (Also see "Mormon Marsh II" which I posted earlier today).
Mormon Marsh II
Near Mormon "Lake," which has actually been reduced to a sort of marsh-like place. Sometimes even sunflowers don't get enough sun, or at least not from the right direction, so you throw a little fill flash on 'em.
A Superior View
The Superstition Mts., including Weaver's Needle on the left side, as seen from about 20 miles away near the town of Superior.