Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

Nikon D300, AF-S 300/2.8 plus TC20E III (2x), tripod, ISO 400, 1/1000th second at f/5.6

With the summer heat firmly entrenched in Phoenix about the only place I’m getting out to shoot lately is the Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, AZ. I keep seeing reports of a rare Varied Bunting there (usually only seen in AZ south of Madera Canyon), but whenever I chase the report I can’t find the bird. I was at Boyce on May 30, and again on June 5.

The Boojum Tree at the top of this post was taken on February 5, 2012, when it was showing a of color. I’ve tried getting decent images of this strange plant many times before against a clean blue sky, but thought I might get somethnig interesting showing it against the greens of other trees and bushes. Boojum Trees are native to the western coast of the…

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