Desert Snow


The saguaro cactus stands tall against the backdrop of Superstition Mountain’s Four Peaks. Desert Snow shows winter becoming spring in an unusual juxtaposition.


Desert Snow is an unusual photograph because of the time of the year. When spring arrives in the desert, it begins to green up ever so nicely. It is lush and rich, with the travails of winter cast aside. The cactus begins to bloom, adding to the beauty.

And the snow comes in, draping over the Four Peaks of the Superstition Mountains. Wait. What? Snow?

Yes, snow. Although it was mid April, that didn’t matter to the cold rainy day which came around. Down low, it was just that–cold and rainy.

But at the higher elevations, well, that was a different story entirely. There it was cold and snowy, and the upper reaches of the Superstitions had a wonderful blanket of snow.

As the clouds began to break up later in the day the Four Peaks were once again revealed; still wrapped in their blanket of clouds they slowly began to reemerge into the spring.

Down below, the saguaros took it all in stride, reaching skyward and thankful for the brief rain; if anything the desert floor was even more lush and green than it had been earlier that morning.

Ah, spring in the desert. What a wonderful, wonderful time of magic.

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