Saguaro National Park

While in Arizona recently, we made a day trip to Tucson. If you’re ever in Tucson, you have to go to Saguaro National Park. It’s a beautiful desert preserve that is split into two sections flanking the city on either side. We headed for the smaller West Unit because the drive back to Phoenix would be easier from there.

Backlit Cacti in Saguaro National Park
Backlit Cacti in Saguaro National Park | Nikon D700 w/16-35mm @ 16mm, 1/40 sec @ f/16, ISO 200

There are numerous hikes in the park, but we ended up driving to a new trail that the Ranger in the visitor center recommended. Like most national parks, Saguaro National Park seemed to have excellent, well-maintained trails.

Backlit Leaning Saguaro at Saguaro National Park in Tucson Arizona
Leaning Saguaro, Saguaro National Park | Nikon D700 w/Nikkor 16-35 @ 16mm, 1/100 sec @ f/13, ISO 200

I shot many saguaros on that hike but with the sun low in the sky, the backlit compositions were the most appealing. It would have been nice to have had some clouds to make the sky more visually interesting, but the empty blue sky does provide a counterpoint to the hectic foreground.

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