The November issue of Backpacker is coming out and I have the cover for the 2nd time this year! I photographed these petroglyphs 4 years ago in Saguaro National Park in Arizona. I lived in Tucson from 1990-95 while studying at the University of Arizona (I have a BS in Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, in case anyone wants to know), and while I was a student I spent a lot of time hiking & bike riding in this part of the Tucson Mountains, though I never visited these glyphs. I have been to this location several times while visiting the last 9 years and this is the nicest morning that I photographed.
This image of the famous “Wave” formation was taken at sunset in early January 2006. It recently appeared along with my lava image from Hawaii in Nature’s Best magazine’s annual photography awards. It was Highly Honored in the Art in Nature category.
My friend Duncan and I were the only people to apply for a permit to visit the Coyote Buttes in northern Arizona this particular day. We hiked in very early in the morning hoping to catch the sunrise, and then spent a beautiful sunny day relaxing and waiting for the sunset. It was gorgeous watching the formation turn orange with the low angle light. I was shooting both my 6×7 and panoramic cameras side by side, and almost missed this shot as the light finally went away. I’m glad that I can be this fast when taking and composing images, as this light went away within 10 seconds.