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!
I have a soft spot for sunset photos, and these are particularly stunning.
Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
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
Just beautiful! Arizona is one of my favorite places in the world and it was captured perfectly!
Great shot. Tripod, right? 😉
OMG- these are stunning! I especially love all the colors in the last one.
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!
Amazing shots Kristen
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.