Sabino Canyon in Morning Light

Most of the desert scenery was bathed in full sunshine, but as I hiked into to the shadows of the canyon wall, I noticed this striking scene with rim lighting on the Saguaro Cacti. As I set up my tripod, I noticed the way the backlit layers of yellow and green desert shrubs framed the foreground in the lower left. “This will be my best photo of the day,” I said to myself.

saguaro, backlit in desert
This is a photo of the early morning light on the canyon: backlighting in the shadows cast rim light on the saguaro cacti.

This image also succeeds with its limited color palette. The interplay of yellow and shades of green unify the image, don’t you think?

Vermilion Flycatcher in Tucson

This brilliant red bird was busy feeding its chicks while I observed in Tucson, Arizona. I had never seen the Vermilion Flycatcher before in my life, since its habitat is primarily Mexico and reaching over the U.S. border to portions of southern Arizona. The adult male exhibits this brilliant red color on the body, with gray and white wings.

vermilion flycatcher, bird, Arizona, copyright Cathy Kelly
Vermillion Flycatcher feeding two of its young in Tucson, AZ, May 2023.
vermilion flycatcher, bird, Arizona, copyright Cathy Kelly
Vermillion Flycatcher seen in profile with its young on a nearby branch, Tucson, AZ in May 2023.
vermilion flycatcher, bird, Arizona, copyright Cathy Kelly
Male Vermilion Flycatcher takes flight from a high branch in Tucson, AZ in May 2023.

Tucson Tones

During my week in Tucson, Arizona I practiced some Macro photography, using a special lens that will focus on objects very close to the lens. My eye was attracted to the shapes, patterns and subtle color hues of the agave plant.

agave, fine art photograph

Macro photograph of an agave plant in Tucson, Arizona, May 2023.

I can visualize a large print of this image (40″ x 60″) hanging in a home or office with contemporary decor.