Desert Wonderland


The AZ desert with snow capped 4 Peaks Mountains

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Earlier this week I made a sunrise run to the Lost Dutchman State Park area in hopes of catching the Superstition Mountains covered in fog.  I met up with my buddy Mike Olbinski in hopes of catching this epic event.

As the sun came up it was apparent that neither Mike or I would get our bounty.   The weather simply wasn’t cooperating. It happens.  We decided to head on into the park and make the most of what we had.  After all we did get up at the crack of dawn and drive for 30 miles.

After getting our shots of the Superstitions I grabbed the 70-200 zoom and set my sights on 4 Peaks off in the distance.  The recent storms had left the Peaks snow covered.  I dialed them in and captured the image you see above.   It never ceases to amaze me that you can be standing in the middle of the desert and just off in the distance see snow covered mountains.  It is certainly not what comes to mind when one thinks of Arizona.

Given that the desert has a harsh edge, I decided to process this image with a slight soft look to blend with the “snow” scene.  I think I was able to maintain the contrast of the desert and snow capped mountains yet make the transition from one to the other a little smoother.   Let me know what you think.

Until next time…


Camera: Canon 40D with a Canon 70-200mm zoom

Processing: Lightroom 3, CS4, Phototools 2.6




  1. Mike Olbinski December 21, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Beautiful Chris…this turned out well!

  2. Jimi Jones December 21, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Outstanding shot, Chris. You may not have gotten the fog but you sure got a tremendous view. Pays to get up and out early no matter what. ;-)

  3. Scott Wood December 21, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I love this shot, really showcases the natural contrasts that can be found in the desert

  4. Edith Levy December 21, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    It is a beautiful site and I think you did a great job with both the capture and the processing.

  5. Bryan Snider December 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Awesome shot Chris! I have yet to be able to see four peaks from the lost dutchman vantage point.

  6. Len Saltiel December 22, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    This is quite beautiful Chris. It shows what a diverse geology that Arizona has. Well composed and processed.

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