Superstition Mountains 1: Hieroglyphic Trail

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Superstition Mountains present some classic desert mountain scenery, complete with Saguaros and other forms of lower desert vegetation along with rough, rock strewn trails and rattlesnakes in the warmer months of the year (i.e., most of the year). I visited them in February of 2016, and I made a return visit in November of 2016, starting with the Hieroglyphic Trail on the southwestern side of the Superstition Mountains. The trouble with photographing in any of the “lower” deserts of Arizona is that during the cooler months of the year, there are few clouds but lots of sun. And that’s the trouble I faced during my first trek to the Hieroglyphic trail. No clouds not only mean boring skies, but, as soon as that sun rises from the horizon, you get some very harsh, desert light. My first morning on the Hieroglyphic Trail I took only a few shots:

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I returned in the evening. There were some very small clouds on the horizon — although not enough to make much use of:

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Some high clouds began to form in the west, over Phoenix, so I could get something of a sunset:

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On Thanksgiving morning, I returned one last time. This time, there were some high clouds stretched out over the Superstitions, although they were fast moving to the west, away from the best light. I still managed to get a few images with clouds:

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I trekked all the way to “Hieroglyphic Spring,” at the end of the trail (a little more than a mile from the trailhead). The clouds had mostly disappeared by this point, and the light was fairly harsh:

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Thus ended my forays into Hieroglyphic Canyon for 2016.