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Arizona's Desert by tourofnature Arizona's Desert by tourofnature
The Arizona desert is a great place to explore. The flora and fauna are entirely different than what I'm used to living at higher elevations. I thought the Teddy Bear Cholla (foreground) and Saguaro (the tall one) cactus were the coolest.

I painfully learned why they call the Teddy Bear Cholla the "jumping cactus". They don't actually move, but the barbed and spiny exterior are easily picked up if brushed against. Cowboys riding through the Sonoran Desert had to start wearing thick leather chaps despite the incredible heat to avoid the wrath of the jumping cactus.

This was taken in Lost Dutchman State Park outside of Phoenix, thanks to a tip from :iconpeterjcoskun:. If you want to see more desert imagery I suggest you drop by his page, he's captured some great light.
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rhunel Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015   General Artist
Beautiful!
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
~ nice flow here ! --- not easy to do - with foreground leading the eye to the lone saguaro ( mostly ) ~ the red rock formation and great sky .
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ReiRobin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful as ever! I love the vibrancy in the photo, so much hope and energy!
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SilverTop Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful picture!  My husband and I love Lost Dutchman State Park ...so many different types of cactus.  The only problem is keeping the signs of civilization to the west out of your photos. +favlove 
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abhishek-mitra Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome composition!
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StargazerLZ Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this beautiful work has been featured here stargazerlz.deviantart.com/jou… :)
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Cubic2400 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Such a great place.
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steppeland Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013   Photographer
Awesome! love the cactuses  and flora in the foreground - marvellous landscape and sky!
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Rufina-Tomoyo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Magnificent place to be.
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Romylyn Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Amazing as usual!
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Blakk-mamba Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My country Italy is beautiful, but these immense spaces we dream them to us :) really great photo compliments :)
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Gretgor Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
We live in a planet where even the deserts have beauty on them. :)
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Artist
:worship::worship::worship::worship:
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ambientcosmos Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Beautiful!
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
fantastic wayson....love the different elements in this, and so nice to see something original from the other side of the pond!!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Steve! I'm getting tired of seeing the same comps and locales myself, photography is so much more fund discovering rather than repeating.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
indeed it is, some seem to treat it as trophy hunting
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Buntcone Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful composition and framing. i also like the pink hues on the rocks :clap:
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dheej18 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
love the details, so sharp! :)
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Artire Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
wow :wow:
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Tanager Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Another fantastic, simply perfect shot. Your talent is astounding!
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful shot! I love the way the photo is composed with the active skies and the outcropping back there. ;)
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mamork Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just beautiful !
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Nice takeaway here Wayson. Glad you got some of that light. Wasn't sure if you would be able to see it from here.
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simon0108 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful =)
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Climbotizzo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice capture...ciao!
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FramedByNature Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Photographer
Such an incredible variety of textures. Great work as always, man! :clap:
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Marmotica Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:icondancingpandaplz:Nice! Love!
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JanPusdrowski Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Photographer
Superb dude!! Really digging the compostion in this one. Well done.
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Very beautiful photo.
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
most beautiful
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CelesOran Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Make sure you stick around long enough to capture one of Arizona's famous sunsets, nothing can be our sunset here!!
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CelesOran Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should also check out the wind caves in Mesa!! ;)
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jeepgurl8204 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
beautiful!!
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Very nice! The light from the setting sun cast upon the rocky cliffs really helps make this picture stand out!
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mhjahanbakhshi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
waw sunset, waw colors!!


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Andreev-PLAC Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Отличная композиция! Ничего лишнего!
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Ailvayn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! I featured your lovely image here: [link]
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
truly magnificent photo Wayson right out of Arizona Highways
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FantasyLost Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Digital Artist
I love Arizona. You captured a piece of its beauty magnificently!
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sandor09 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Perfect!
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