Photographer's Note

Now what would the desert be without cactus? Sure enough, a wide angle lens used for this shot, but it’s not really all that much of an exaggeration, these things are generally pretty massive…and obviously not something soft that you’d want to hug!

There are a good handful of these giants around Goldfield Ghost Town, and as you can see from the WS picture, it’s not a good idea to park too close to one. That picture was taken from Google Images, and is actually a very common postcard found just about anywhere in Arizona. Just thought I’d throw it in for fun.

This was actually a difficult shot to compose. I had to stand on a small, but somewhat steep slope to obtain an angle good enough to show all of the cactus “arms”, while also managing to include the building in the background without it being completely obstructed. If that wasn’t enough of an issue, the slant made for quite a harsh angle on the landscape itself. This was about the best balance I could pull together.

If anyone is familiar with Shaquille O’Neal who played in the NBA, he spent a couple of years with the Phoenix Suns and was well known for giving himself multiple nicknames. While here, he was the self dubbed “Big Shaqtus”…and was about the same size in real life as what you see here O.K., that actually is an exaggeration, but he is a big guy none the less.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3792] (14024)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-07-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2013-09-14 0:44
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