I very much wanted to photograph saguaro cactus at dawn when I was in Phoenix, Arizona. I knew there were fields of them outside the city and did a bit of research on local hikes. I set out before dawn with only a vague idea of where the trailhead was. I arrived at Apache Wash Trailhead still in the dark and blindly (literally) took one of three paths. Would my photos have been different had I taken another path – yes, but I’ll never know if they’d have been better photos. I loved the experience of setting off into the darkness and watching the sun rise over the desert.

Photo Dawn over the Desert

Saguaro Cactus at Dawn near Phoenix, Arizona (Apache Wash).
Sony A7II 70mm 1/60@f11 ISO100