Sunset Sunday in Arizona

Sunset Sunday in Arizona

During the Toronto to Las Vegas road trip I completed in October, there were many occasions to witness a great sunset. Since it was a press trip and there were many early mornings to ensure we were able to meet with every Inn owner who hosted us, I also saw many sunrises. Yet, it was this sunset in Arizona, that we witnessed from the side of the highway in the middle of the mountains outside Pheonix, that has had the most profound impact on me.

I’ll never forget the colors that even these images can’t communicate. Inspired, I felt determined to get the perfect shot with a Saguaro cactus in the foreground, unreal colors as the background. However, I have one great fear in life: snakes. And the Saguaro cactus were all a good distance off the highway amidst hundreds of rattlesnake holes. So Picture Indiana Jones

Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?

I’ll never forget the fear in my chest as I left Spencer on the safe side of the guardrail to capture the image I had in my head. I made my way into the gathering dust, picking my way around rattlesnake holes till I found the perfect cactus. Holding my breath and balancing the camera on my chest using myself as a human tripod I quickly snapped two long exposures.

I got the image I wanted!! I survived to live another day, sans snake bite. I faced my fear. I felt an amazing rush of satisfaction and happiness when I jumped to the safe side of the guardrail and rejoined my friend, to enjoy the rest of the sunset in silence and contemplation!

  • December 19, 2010

    I have a soft spot for sunset photos, and these are particularly stunning.

  • December 19, 2010

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  • December 19, 2010

    Love the fact you went out there in the desert to capture that ‘perfect’ image. Great to learn you conquered those fears in the process… it was worth it from this angle. great shot.

    stay adventurous, Craig

  • December 20, 2010

    Just beautiful! Arizona is one of my favorite places in the world and it was captured perfectly!

  • December 21, 2010

    Great shot. Tripod, right? 😉

  • December 22, 2010

    OMG- these are stunning! I especially love all the colors in the last one.

  • December 23, 2010

    these are absolutely gorgeous kirsten! my mom & brother live outside of phoenix and i’ve seen so many gorgeous sunsets there, but have never been able to even come close to capturing them as you have. really beautiful!

  • December 26, 2010

    Amazing shots Kristen

  • September 25, 2019

    The sun goes down in Arizona like it does everywhere else but it does not go quietly. Columns of clouds go up in flames, spears of sunshine splinter, an entire horizon glows like someone left the door open to a nuclear-reactor core. Mountaintops turn purple, saguaros rise like lean shadow giants and golden light floods the land.

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