Arizona Monsoon

After waiting for 5 months for rain at our house, we had quite the monsoon storm last night here in Arizona.  I saw lightning to the south and said “I’m not going to get my hopes up”.  After several minutes I decided to see what it looked like from our driveway which looks to the north.  There was lightning to the north, east and south and almost continual strikes.  Some strikes were cloud to cloud and then really bright strikes from cloud to ground.  I decided to forego getting out my DSLR and tripod to shoot lightning as it was rather close.  About 5 minutes later this was happening!  This video was taken with my Nikon P7000 compact camera.

Cooler Days

I saw a photo on Facebook today that was a macro  image of frost by Varina Patel.  It reminded me of the photos I took last fall while in Iowa of frost that had not only never been shared, but never processed. This image was taken on one of my last days in Iowa last fall on the deck at my sister’s home.  Through my 105 mm macro lens, it was amazing to see the texture and shapes of the frost.

So on this scorcher of a summer Saturday, here is a little something to cool you off.  At least it is a scorcher here in Arizona!

macro image of frost texture on wood


Friday Floral – Pink Hedgehog Cactus

This pink hedgehog cactus in full bloom was tucked away along a trail at the Desert Botanical Garden.  The garden waters all of the flora and fauna in the garden, so every spring you are sure to see an array of color throughout the garden.  Cactus flowers can be found along all the trails in the garden and bloom at different times.  Some bloom during the day while others bloom at night.  This particular cactus blooms during the day.  Hedgehog cactus also bloom in a vibrant orange.

pink hedgehog cactus flowers

It has been a while since giving the technical info for one of my images.  This image was shot with a Nikon D7000, 105 mm 2.8 macro lens, polarizer filter, ISO 100, F5.6, 1/3 sec.