AAA Highroads Names Sunflower Graced Mountain a Judges' Favorite

June 26, 2016  •  4 Comments

Flagstaff Sun Flowers 5Flagstaff Sun Flowers 5 Our photo, Sunflower Graced Mountain Road,  has been named as a Judges' Favorite in the AAA Highroads Arizona Wild Flowers photography contest. 

Flagstaff Sun Flowers In MotionFlagstaff Sun Flowers In Motion One of my  colleagues and a fellow photographer was kind enough to tell me about this scenic area just North of Wupakti Look Road, near Flagstaff, Arizona.  This road leads to Sunset Crater Volcanic National Monument, a unique geological wonderland of volcanic cinder fields.  We were delighted to hike this scenic hillside in the aftermath of heavy monsoon rains, which support vibrant plant life in Northern Arizona mountains.   Windwept Sun FlowersWindwept Sun Flowers

Our visit to this site is memorable, not only due to the abundant Sunflowers, but also given the extremely windy conditions on that day. During most of our hike, it was not possible to photograph detailed landscape scene having an extended depth of field, at least not without moving to unacceptably high ISO camera settings, e.g., 1,600 and above.  

Flagstaff Sunflowers and GreeneryFlagstaff Sunflowers and Greenery

After fighting the wind and these technical limitations for some time, I decided to photography a series of time exposures depicting the raw energy of sunflowers in motion. For more information on the time exposures and  wildlife photography, see Photography on a Windy Hillside

AAA Highroads Recognizes Sunflower Laced MountainsideAAA Highroads Recognizes Sunflower Laced MountainsideSunflower Laced Mountain Side has been named as an Editors' favorite for the publication, AAA Highroads. Flagstaff, Arizona.

My sincere thanks to the contest judges at AAA Highroads for their recognition of my wild flower photography.  


Related posts:  Autumn Color: Hart Prairie Road, Arizona Fall Colors and Natural Coastline Shift.  



Carl Sachtleben(non-registered)
Beautiful! And with those time exposures--you are playing with us!!! ;)
Brandon R(non-registered)
Outstanding pics Uncle M!
Bob Logsdon(non-registered)
As always great images.
helen Reinkensmeyer(non-registered)
This is stunning. You are stunning. God is stunning! Congratulations
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