Surprise Cactus

November was quite the change of pace for us. We traveled to southern California for a birthday party, then out to the Phoenix, Arizona (nearer Surprise, actually) to visit a couple friends. Then back to Ventura County for Thanksgiving, then back home.

I have always had a deep affection for the American Southwest. Wide open spaces, cactus and sagebrush make me a happy man. The saguaro cactus in particular reminds me of Sergio Leone movies (even though there aren’t any saguaro cactus in Italy), and in my imagination I can totally see a lone gunslinger on horseback, making his way to the next trading post. I guess that’s one of the reasons I really like this region – it is easy to imagine what it was like 150 years ago.

Nikon D90, Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm 1/4000th @f22, ISO 200

On the drive back home, we ran into an unexpected snow storm just before we got home. After three weeks of comparatively warm weather, surprise, indeed.


December 2014


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