Maricopa Mts., Arizona
These photos were taken at Sonoran Desert National Monument,
a remarkably pristine patch of BLM land about an hour south of Phoenix.
The monument encompasses the Maricopa Mts., including the South
Maricopa Mts. Wilderness where all of these images were captured. The
areas I explored had no buildings, facilities, roads or even hiking
trails, and that is precisely what makes the place so special.


  A cholla skeleton and saguaro cactus in the South Maricopa Mt. Wilderness at Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona.
  Cholla and saguaro cacti at sunset in the South Maricopa Mt. Wilderness, part of Sonoran Desert National Monument in southern Arizona.   Cholla cactus at sunset in the South Maricopa Mt. Wilderness, part of Sonoran Desert National Monument in southern Arizona.   Cholla and saguaro cacti at sunset in the South Maricopa Mt. Wilderness, part of Sonoran Desert National Monument in southern Arizona.  

    A cholla skeleton and saguaro cactus in the South Maricopa Mt. Wilderness at Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona.
  A cholla skeleton and saguaro cactus in the South Maricopa Mt. Wilderness at Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona.   A cholla skeleton and saguaro cactus in the South Maricopa Mt. Wilderness at Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona.    

      A saguaro in front of a cholla, when photographed as a silhouette, creates the illusion of a hybrid "choguaro".   A cholla skeleton and saguaro cactus in the South Maricopa Mt. Wilderness at Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona.