Gannon's Photography - Gannon McGhee

Saguaros in the Fog

There are only a few days each year that there are clouds low enough in the Catalina Mountains to photograph saguaros in the fog. One of those days happened a few weeks ago and Rebekah and I had that opportunity to drive up Catalina Highway and spend the afternoon in the fog. We were able to get some great shots although there was some danger involved...yes, danger. To understand what I am talking about, I have to explain something a little mysterious about the people native to Tucson, Arizona. During the winter months, people from all over Tucson, thousands of them, are drawn, inexplicably, to the tallest peaks of the Catalina Mountains. While there they practice the unusual ritual of filling the back of their pickup trucks with snow. Those who don't have pickup trucks pile snow on the hood and on top of thier car. Once they have as much snow as they can carry on their vehicle they drive down the winding Catalina Highway as fast as they can in a wintery wonderlandy roller-coastery daze. I know, I know, I know...but we can't help it! We see that little patch of snow on the mountain and we just have to go get it! It has some kind of hold on us! Anyway, I'm sure you can see the danger involved with parking by the side of Catalina Highway with cars flying by on the verge of out-of-control. I can't blame them though. I'm sure they didn't even see us due to the snow piled up on their hood...let alone the fog so thick that they couldn't see 10 feet in front of them. A little bit of terror was worth it though because we also had a lot of fun taking pictures in the fog.