Janet and I recently traveled to central Arizona, and wildflowers were on my agenda. Our trip included a visit to Roosevelt Lake, a large body of water in central Arizona. While there, we learned of the Apache Trail, a narrow, steep, dirt road leading west from the reservoir. As we traveled along the road, we noticed the large cacti were starting to bloom. At a pull-out with a nice paved walkway leading to a lookout over the canyon, I took advantage of the time to photograph the cactus flowers. The first two images are from that stop. Although the sun was bright (as Arizona in mid-day can be), I shaded the flowers with my hat to provide more diffuse light. For the single flower, I used my 100 mm macro lens, a Canon 7D Mark II body, f/16, 1/320 sec exposure (a slight breeze was blowing), and an ISO of 1600. To see a larger image, visit my Catalog for this photo. For the three yellow flowers, I wanted a longer depth of field, so I used f/22, 1/100 sec exposure, ISO of 200 (the breeze had let up a bit). For the three-flower shot, I was unable to provide shade with my hat, but it seemed to make the flowers brilliant in the full light. You can also find this image in my Catalog. The third photo is an unusual small flower we encountered when hiking along the Fossil Creek Trail near Strawberry, AZ. This steep, four-mile (each way) trail had wildflowers starting about a third of the way down (no, we didn’t make it all the way down). This little gem was tucked alongside the trail and caught my eye. I learned that the plant was a Feather Plume, and that it’s found in both Arizona and Colorado. The small blossoms were vivid, especially when magnified by my 100 mm macro lens. For this shot, I used f/16, 1/100 sec, and an ISO of 100. Janet and I enjoyed seeing the wildflowers, and hope you enjoy them too!