Photographer's Note

My Sunday morning escape from Phoenix's heat could have been disappointing as my and dawn's simultaneous arrival at Woods Canyon Lake found the sky fully covered with clouds. However, a tripod, patience, and a willingness to hike the circumference of the lake resulted in a surprisingly large number of photographs. This was a very early photo taken northwest of the boat ramp. The lack of light and small aperture (f/20) meant a long exposure (13 seconds).

Located about 30 miles east of Payson, Woods Canyon Lake is is one in a series of small, canyon-bound lakes located on the Mogollon Rim. The lake is small (about 55 surface acres) and moderately deep (average depth of 25 ft). Created primarily for recreational purposes, the long, narrow lake was formed by an earthen dam impounding the Chevelon Creek in Woods Canyon. The lake is well developed, having numerous maintained campsites, facilities for recreational vehicles, and access for boats on the lake as well as a small general store and boat/kayak rentals. From April though September the lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout and tiger trout. There is, also a very small self-sustaining brown trout population.

ISO 400, 13 seconds at f/20, 24mm focal length

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