I had the day off so I spent the morning with a new friend, out in Chandler, and then the rest of the day hiking in the Superstition Mountains, on the East side of Phoenix. I'd been there earlier this year for a short hike with Jean, but not for an extended hike by myself. I took along what has become my typical gear - water, a bit of food, backpack filled with camera body and lenses, a [heavy] Manfrotto tripod and my Rhino camera slider. Ughhh... It doesn't feel so heavy until I've been going an hour or more. Probably as much as anything because the slider just doesn't have a convenient way to be carried. It has a shoulder strap, but it's just not good for hiking. Not sure how to solve it.
This is a composed image - from 12 original images to create the panoramic perspective.
On the way back out of the mountains, it was starting to get darker and I was not paying attention as I ought and suddenly in the trail, right in front of me was this cute little 4 foot Diamondback Rattlesnake. I learned how quickly I can get all my gear on the ground and my camera out and ready...!
I'm not sure if I like the silhouetted version or the 2nd one below. Which do you prefer - leave a comment below!