Our whirlwind of 2016 Fall trips has officially begun as we have just returned home from Southeast Arizona. It was a wonderful trip full of amazing Hummingbirds, some specialty perching birds, large and dynamic landscapes as well as new experiences for our 4yr old. I want to share many of the great photographs from the trip and I will try to focus more on them as opposed to carrying on with words forever!
The hummingbirds didn’t disappoint. We ended our trip with 10 individual species including rarities like the Lucifer Hummingbird and Plain-capped Starthroat.
I played around with both full flash illumination Hummingbird photography and open air natural photography, both of which yielded some pretty stellar new images for my collection.
The Broad-billed and Magnificent Hummingbirds were probably the most vibrant and impressive but the more common Rufous Hummingbirds with their very territorial behavior all week kept me on my toes keeping focus.
While this was primarily a bird trip, I am incredibly pleased to have walked away with a couple of landscape shots that quickly rocketed to the top of my list of favorites in more than 10 years of photographing. The landscape shooting brought back many fond memories of a special photography trip to Sedona, AZ with my dad several years ago.
One of the highlights away from Madera, Ramsey and Ash Canyons was a day trip to the Sonora Desert Museum; a well known and special place which offered some different opportunities.
The final morning of our time in Madera Canyon, I set up in such a way to force very dark backgrounds. This meant I had to deal with tricky exposures to get the dramatic look I was after but it paid off.
Southeast Arizona is a magical place, for both birders and photographers which has me seriously thinking about offering a Glances at Nature trip in the future to this wonderful area.