Photo of the Week
And the Story behind the Shot
From the back yard - Catalina, Arizona
Ok, so I didn't have to work very hard for this shot, but yes, there was a bit of history tied in with this photo. Since I seem to take a very healthy amount of photos each week (instead of sleepwalking, I think I actually sleepphoto) and the fact that I need to become much more consistent with blog posts, I decided to share a photo a week and the background behind the photo. If the photo tales are on the boring end then maybe I can develop better fiction writing. :)
For the shot above I was totally in the wrong place at the wrong time. My daily run usually puts me on a road that rises above the stunning area that I live in Catalina, Arizona. Breathtaking views and incredible sunsets. Absolutely, amazing colors splashed across the sky. I stack the odds in my favor and try and run near sunset time and do the loop with feet plodding toward the setting orb.
I decided to break my usual route and run the loop in the opposite direction. Mistake #1. I had also meandered out of the casa later than normal. Mistake #2. I had done some 180's on the run and noticed a reasonable sunset developing behind me, but it did not appear that it was going to be worth pulling out a camera. Unfortunately (or fortunately), my trusty monster Canon SLR does not accompany me on runs so I am winging 'photography on the run' with a point and shoot, a crappy cell phone cam or if the heavens line up, a GoPro.
My loop spills me onto a rarely used dirt road/trail for the last half of the run. As I took the final turn home, the sky quickly darkening, I now headed toward the fading sunset. Still weak, as sunsets go.
Heading down the home stretch and Mistake #1 and #2 began to scream my name. The colors before me, were now unbelievable, although I did not have a clear view of the southern sky. I was now kicking up dust as fast as I could. I made it home, just in time, to fire off a few shots with the Canon and darkness swept over the desert.