I love seeing subjects framed by surrounding plants/trees/objects or other things but I never remember to do it. This framing opportunity almost jumped out and bit me yesterday morning so I felt compelled to stop.
When framing, it’s important to keep space clear around your subjects. For instance, I made sure the mountain top didn’t touch the cactus. In hindsight, I should have waited for the hikers to be in the middle of the opening because one of the hikers is being covered by the cactus…..ouch 🙂
The Hare of the Lost Dog (Wash Trail, that is) is a BIG guy! I’ve seen him before but he was always crossing the trail at an incredible speed. This time a hiker noticed him sitting so it was a treat to get a better look. He was quite a distance away but not too far for my trusty Canon SX10 🙂
A Hare is different from its rabbit cousins. Their ears are much longer and their heads more elongated. One of the main differences is that the Hare nests above ground in a shallow depression while all rabbits nest under ground. For more differences and photos, click here.
Finally, here are a couple shots from our McDowell Sonoran Conservancy hike this morning. Specifically, we hiked the Ringtail loop off the Lost Dog Wash Trail. It was the last guided hike of the summer so I shot the first image into the sun with the iintention of showing how hot it’s getting here!
Check the hiking schedule for the fall and come check out all the new trails!
We’ve passed this Saguaro cactus many times so we were sad to see that it had fallen. They can live to be more than 150 years old and this one was probably approaching that age. Damage from lightening strikes and freezes can cause tissue damage which can weaken them. Then hard rains like we’ve had the last few days can do them in. This giant will now become food for many organisms.