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Old friends, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona, 2009

This pair of giant Saguaro cacti appears to be saying farewell to each other with outstretched arms. I stress the thrust of the arms by getting down low and shooting up at them with a 24mm wideangle lens turned vertically. The golden light warms the towering Saguaros, and provides a perfect context for a farewell at sunset. The incongruity comes, of course, from my attempt to anthropomorphize these non-human subjects.

Leica D-Lux 4
1/500s f/3.5 at 5.1mm iso80 full exif

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Phil Douglis21-Apr-2009 22:05
I guess that's why I called them "old friends" in my title, Tim -- the gesture was made warmer by the quality of light. If this image had been made earlier in the day, it would not have been as expressive.
Tim May21-Apr-2009 20:42
Of course, the "friendship" is effused with the warmth of the light.
Phil Douglis21-Apr-2009 19:24
That was my goal here, Jenene -- to stimulate the imagination. Thanks for the thought.
JSWaters21-Apr-2009 17:25
My imagination always takes over when I walk among these desert sentinels, and now you have given me more to daydream about.
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