Saturday, December 27, 2008

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum exists to instill an appreciation of plants in people. It is also a very good spot to find desert birds. It is located in the very scenic area about an hour east of Phoenix and close to Superior Arizona.



Curve-billed Thrasher

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Black-throated Sparrow

Alberts Towhee

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Southeast Arizona Trip

Last week I took a trip down to Southeast Arizona. I visited Sweetwater Wetlands, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Madera Canyon and Lost Dutchman State Park. The next few posts will cover this trip.

Elegant Trogon - Madera Canyon
f5.6, 1/60 iso 1600, Exposure Compensation -1, Canon 40D 400mm

I photographed this Trogon early in the morning on a foggy overcast day. The poor lighting forced me to use an extremely high iso setting which resulted in a very grainy image. A noise filtering utility called Noiseware Professional was recently brought to my attention by Bill Schmoker ( Using this utility I was able to extract a decent photo.