Saguaro National Park; San Rafael Valley; Superstition Mountains; Atascosa Mountains; Superstition Mountains; Chiricahua National Monument; Pajarito Mountains; Aravaipa Canyon; Dragoon Mountains; Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Clear, cloudless skies are the nemesis of the desert photographer.
Composing a photograph on a cloudless day, when using a wide-angle lens, can test your patience - and technique.
One solution, as seen in the first and last images of this gallery, is to fill the camera frame with your subject.
Ironwood Forest National Monument; Avra Valley; Cerro Colorado Mountains; Saguaro National Park; Cerro Colorado Mountains; Atascosa Mountains; San Rafael Valley; Tanque Verde Creek, Catalina Mountains; Sawtooth Mountains; Catalina State Park; Organ Pipe National Monument.
There is large variety of terrain and life-zones in Arizona. In fact, one does not have to travel too far to experience an environment found much farther north.
In the morning, you might find yourself sloshing through a desert canyon, as bighorn sheep scamper above.
Travel a few hours, and you'll be admiring Aspen Trees.
Escudilla Mountains; Aravaipa Canyon; Saguaro National Park (2 images); Aravaipa Canyon (3 images); Petrified Forest National Monument; Saguaro National Park.
One of my most distinct memories of those first years in Arizona was seeing a field of Mexican Poppies in bloom.
In mid-March, while New England was still buried in snow, Arizona was already into spring.
While beautiful, I soon discovered the fickle behavior of the poppy from a photographer's perspective: they only open when in direct sunlight and close their petals when the bright light retreats - if you're lucky you can get a day when there is thin cloud cover and they remain open.
It was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during August of 2012, when my wife Ashley and I pulled into Tucson for the first time. Intent on re-settling in Arizona, we had just driven cross country from Maine with our dogs and cats in the backseat.
Keen on escaping the heat and entranced by the new landscape, I began by exploring Mt. Lemmon and the Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson, typically 20 to 30 degrees cooler during the summer.
As the months progressed, and the temperatures dropped, I made my way to the lower elevations with camera in hand.
Peaks Island; LaVerna Preserve; Jewell Island; Pemaquid Point; Popham Beach State Park; Jewell Island; LaVerna Preserve; Acadia National Park; Crescent Beach State Park; Popham Beach State Park; Casco Bay; Acadia National Park.
In my freewheeling 20s free time was focused around hiking, climbing, and mountaineering. Weekends usually involved sleeping in a car, tent, or snowbank.
The local crags and mountains of New Hampshire and Maine - where I was living at the time - provided plenty of adventure.
Sometimes, however, a weekend away or the occasional vacation was not enough. More than once I put my day-to-day life on hold and lived out of my truck for months at a time - traveling and climbing out west.