3 weeks ago
A flashback to that magical week this past February when snow descended on the lower elevations of the Southwest for a few days. It was such a surreal experience to see my home city of Phoenix surrounded by mountains capped with rare snow. It brought with it unique conditions not seen in many years here in the Sonoran Desert. Whether it was the snow that engulfed the Superstitions and Four Peaks, to the wildflowers and waterfalls that came after it all melted, I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun outside than this year. Sadly that joy has turned to devastation and sadness as I watch the Superstitions burn from the human caused Woodbury Fire that started on June 8. It has wreaked a destructive path through some of the most pristine desert in the southwest. As of right now the fire is 44 thousand acres large and it is only 15 percent contained. Like many others, the Superstitions hold a special place for me. It’s where I discovered my love of the outdoors as a kid, camping and hiking with my dad. I even learned to drive out there on some rugged dirt roads in his old manual pickup truck. So many amazing memories, and that’s what I try to remember as I see the plumes of smoke from my house each day, hoping the monsoons will arrive soon. And most of all I want to say how grateful I am to the men and women tirelessly battling this blaze. I’m hoping they all stay safe.
Nikon D750, Nikon 70-300mm.
Single exposure at 300mm, f/11, ISO 100, 30 seconds.
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