Superstition Snow

Superstition Snow DSC_0408Arizona rang in the New Year with snow in several unusual locations. We only received rain at our house on New Year’s Eve, but several of our friends in Mesa and Queen Creek reported snow flurries.

The next day, Raina and I set out to capture snow. She’d received her first “real” camera for Christmas this year, and was practically dancing around the garage, waiting for me to make sure we had all of our equipment. I’d received a new lens from Santa, so I was doing a little jig, too.

Turning onto SR 88, we realized our New Year’s Day outing was an extremely popular one. There were cars everywhere! This was not a problem, however, because it meant we could drive slowly, like everyone else, without irritating those behind us.

I did turn off the 88 shortly after passing the Superstition Springs Museum, to get away from the crowd. I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the neighborhood roads up there, both shooting and hiking, so I’m familiar with some non-gawker, ‘off the beaten path’ spots.

Raina had a grand time with her new Samsung, and got several glorious shots. She’ll be guest starring on my site soon. 🙂 She’s quite the composer, especially considering she’s not quite 11 years old. I had a grand time with Apollo, and came away with some decent captures, but I also realized I have some learning to do with the new lens. The lens itself (70 – 300MM Tamron) is fantastic, but some of my shots look “flat” – if that’s the correct descriptive term. I’m sure it’s user error, as I was too “mobile” to bother with the tripod. (Yes, I know – it’s a sin.) The shots in which I used the roof of my car as a tripod look much better. Duly noted.

Happy New Year to all!

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