Location: Four Peaks Wilderness Area, northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona
In 1984, the U.S. Forest Service designated 60,000+ acres of land around Four Peaks as an official wilderness area. Four Peaks -- so named for obvious reasons -- can be seen from a large part of the valley around Phoenix, Arizona and is one of the area's well known landmarks.
Although I'm not much of a landscape photographer these days, I decided to join my friends Jeffrey and Jim, who were testing their new cameras, on an outing to photograph Four Peaks at sunset this past Sunday because: 1) I enjoy their company and 2) it was a good excuse to get out of the house and do some photography. Of course, because my main camera outfit is down, I had to cobble together an outfit from various odds-and-ends. Needless to say, combined with my very rusty skills, this meant that my expectations for the results of this outing were rather modest.
Although the sky was quite hazy, the bugs flying around were highly distracting, and the sunset proved to be less than spectacular, I captured a few decent photos regardless, including this one. It's about a 40-minute drive from my house to reach this area and although a high-ground clearance vehicle is necessary to drive far into the area, my car has AWD and I think I could make it back to this point easily enough, so I may just have to try again sometime (and remember to take my tow strap with me, just in case!)