Only one tree grows naturally in the great Sonoran desert that fills much of Arizona and continues down into Mexico. The dominant site throughout the desert is, of course, the huge Saguaro cacti.
Now that they are protected, they are everywhere, including dominating well-tailored back and front yards of suburban homes in and around Phoenix. You can’t cut them down, so no matter how well you plan your garden, nothing prevents a cactus from decided to take root there.
The ironwood is not a cactus, but a tree. It can live in the hottest, driest possible growing condition. It is the only tree that will survive in that environment without human intervention.
An old, gnarled ironwood tree is a true symbol of the North American west. Resilient doesn’t cover it. This is ultimate survival.
My friend Ben lives in suburban Phoenix. He doesn’t have a blog of his own, but he has pictures. These are a few of them. They seemed to go nicely with this theme.
In this challenge, we are asked to share a picture or several with a single subject. This describes probably 40,000 pictures in my files, so the real problem for me is finding just a couple that are special and singular in every sense of the word.
There’s something lonely about the desert anyhow. Here are three pictures of single subject on a bright January day in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
From Nancy Merrill comes a challenge:
In a new post, created for this challenge, share a photo or two of horizons.
I do mostly landscapes … so … horizons are us. But which shall it be? So hard to choose!
It’s hard to beat the horizons under the big sky of the southwest. There’s just something about the vastness of the spaces and that great dome of sky that goes on forever.
This is one of those prompts that I find complicated because it’s so simple. It mean so many things and can be interpreted in many ways. I love Paula’s photograph showing layers of history. Lacking layers of history, here are two photographs, the first from me, the second from Garry:
Today’s theme is easy.
All you have to do is to show a photo that you took in colour and then converted into black and white. The theme is “after and before” so start with the after photo 🙂
This is my favorite because it was so disappointing in color. It required a fair bit of fiddling and filtering to render it effectively in black & white, but when I finally “got” it, it was what I wanted. Now, see the original. They don’t look like the same picture, but they are.
In addition to the change to black & white, the “after” shot is cropped tighter. More sky, less foreground. And a more widescreen presentation.
I have at least 20 different original versions of this shot. I knew what I wanted. I had walked a considerable distance in the desert to get under the wires to get the angle. Having gotten there, I figured I should make sure that at least one picture came out the way I saw it in my head.
This is the only one I turned into black & white, but I may go back and see what I can do with some of the others.