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Sonoran Giants.

40’5″

The hottest in all of North America, the Sonoran desert covers southern Arizona, southeastern California and northern Mexico. Along with coyotes, rattlesnakes and tumbleweeds, the saguaro cactus only grows in the Sonoran desert and is one of the most recognizable and iconic features of this harsh arid region. A master of desert survival, very little water is instantly used when collected. Instead, it is stored within the sponge-like tissue of the cactus to use during periods of drought. The saguaro cactus grows from the tip or top and takes some 200 years to reach its full height of 40-45 feet.

Using an iPhone app to measure height, Pielage’s portraits of these evocative desert plants are straightforward and frontal. Pielage has selected only the most mature giants of the Sonoran desert, those reaching 40 feet or higher, to photograph.

41’5″

41’1″

41’10″

40’8″

40″2′

41’7″

41’4″

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Slide Wildfire Images. Featured.

The Wildfire season has started in Arizona. Last week the Slide Wildfire started burning Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Arizona. After seeing the breaking news on the wildfire I grab my gear and headed up to photograph. The wildfire was burning up and over the West side of Oak Creek Canyon so I thought I might have a good viewpoint to photograph from the East side of Oak Creek Canyon. After a few forest service roads and an off trail hike I had reached the rim of Oak Creek Canyon. I was in shock to see how big the wildfire actual was. I could see open flames streching for a mile in each direction from where I stood. Here are my images from the rim.

These images were featured on both CNN and The Mother Nature Network Photo Blog.

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Image Campaign. Unique Landscapes

I have been photographing a few Unique Landscapes by Griffin, Inc.projects for their client portfolio as well as for their ad campaign. Its always fun to see the final product.

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