Friday, March 11, 2016

Cholla in Snow Canyon, Utah


Cholla Basking in Sunlight
Snow Canyon

Varieties of the cholla cactus are common in the southern Utah desert. While I don't usually consider them spectacular subjects for photography, there is one condition where they shine and take over the spotlight. And that is in late afternoon when the plant is backlit by the sun and highlights the needles or spines. As a bonus, positioning my camera in just the right place will create some beautiful bokeh and sunflare, highlighting the cactus even more. I use these techniques with many varieties of cactus to help turn what would otherwise be a drab and ordinary scene into something more interesting.

8 comments:

Robin Lamb said...

Karen, perfect! Love the bokah and flares!

Stephanie said...

I love the bokah and flares as well.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Great capture, love the light!
We used to call these Jumping Cholla.. for good reason.
Thanks for the friendship on fb!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Those backlit needles are beautiful.Have a great weekend.

diane b said...

Great light. I have just got back from a trip to NZ pity you are not there now.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Accidental flares have made some of my most boring shots interesting

:)

Sandra said...

i am an avid lover of all Western movies and stories and Cholla is on my bucket list of things i read about that i want to see. now i have but i want to see it in real time

Barb said...

It's all about the light, isn't it? You're a master of finding great light for your subjects.