Yes, it’s late December in the Sonoran Desert and fall has finally made its appearance. We had a long summer this year and absolutely welcome the cooler temperatures. As a native, I have always looked forward to wintertime in Arizona. We had a few storms roll through, a couple of them were just rain, but this past storm was much colder and the snow levels dropped significantly. I decided it was a good day to head out and enjoy all of it.
I set out from the house around 2:30pm and got to the “Water Users Recreational Site”, which is on the upper portion of the Lower Salt River, around 3:30ish or so. Parked, got all my equipment out and headed down next to the river. For it being a Sunday afternoon on a holiday weekend, I was surprised that this area was so empty, but appreciated every second of the tranquility. In the summers, you’re unable to find a parking spot at the Water Users Rec area, that’s where folks drop in and tube down the river. But I took advantage of it, got some good shots of a snow covered Four Peaks and just enjoyed all the fall colors.
I ran into a couple gentlemen who were out here from Cincinnati for the Ohio State bowl game and were doing a bit of fishing. We chatted for a bit and I noticed one of them had a white spinnerbait in their box, I suggested they give that a try and do hope it paid off for them. Nice folks! They worked their way downstream, I felt I had some decent pictures and footage so I decided to head on down to one of my favorite portions of the river.
I made my way down to the confluence of the Salt & Verde rivers. The muddy water of the Verde meets the clear water of the Salt River and they then travel less than a couple miles where the water is then captured and distributed throughout the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix. It’s pretty cool to see how they manage water living in a desert. But surely one of my favorite spots on the river, known as Phon D. Sutton. That day, I showed up just before sunset and got everything set up, took some time-lapse video of the snow covered mountains and the clouds rolling overhead.
While I was there, I would assume there had to have been a good dozen other photographers, either taking pictures of people, or simply taking pictures of the scenery. Apparently, it was plenty of other folks favorite spot as well! I hung out and chatted with a couple of the people while my camera was recording. As soon as that sun went away, it got a bit chilly… Being a native, my blood’s thin. The sunset lit up the trees and the fall colors were like a bright gold color, it was impressive.
Moving forward, I’d love to do some additional photos and videos along that stretch of the river. Typically early morning and evening produce the best results, but will always work around our clients schedules. To book a session, feel free to shoot us an email.
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