Sweet Saguaro Rain
Coronado National Forest, Arizona
Limited Edition of 250 | Artist Proof 25
Some people regard the desert as a barren, hostile wasteland. Not Thomas D. Mangelsen. “I am enchanted by the Southwest and I understand the magnetic attraction it has for people, especially those who savor barrel cacti and saguaros.” To make this triptych, Mangelsen stood in a drizzling rain for five hours in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains above Tucson, waiting for all of the ingredients he wanted in a photograph of the Sonoran Desert to converge. “I didn’t want just a burning blue sky day or cacti silhouetted against a glowing sunset,” he says. “I wanted to include the glorious Santa Catalinas and the look of a forest of saguaros appearing to march up them. I wanted to convey mood and atmosphere and if I could have, I would include the sweet smells that erupted and hung in the air after the rain as I looked into the viewfinder. To me, this photograph is about my love for the Sonoran Desert, as a special corner of America worth celebrating.”
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