Death in the Desert: A Foundation of Life

The desert ecosystem is a wondrous environment. Birds, small mammals, insects and plants all inhabit this harsh environment. Each demonstrates adaptations permitting them to survive when water or even just moisture is very scarce.

My hikes in the desert lately have found a hubbub of life. Birds nesting in saguaros, rabbits scurrying through the brush and the brilliant colour of wildflowers indicate that life is being reborn. Not so noticeable is that for some organisms, life ends.

The patterns and subtle tonal changes to the hide of a dying saguaro was an interesting subject for my camera as were the ribs of a neighbouring saguaro. It would not be standing for much long I thought.

I chose my 50 mm 1.8 lens for this task. Not only is it sharp but being a prime lens it forces me out of the comfort zone of using a zoom. To make the best composition I need to move about.


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  1. Brenda Larson March 23, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    Neat textures – thanks for sharing.

    • Stu Dale March 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, the textures are interesting. A fun place to photograph.

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