While it was cool on the 4th, Heloise and I got out and went for a hike. Well hike wasn’t intentionally done. We decided to go to Papago Park which borders Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale. The entrance I used to go into was a guarded gate so we parked on McDowell near the amphitheater and walked to see if there was a better place to park.
While *hiking* we shot pictures, and I grabbed this one which is of the rocks on the north side of McDowell Rd. at the Army Reserves using the Nikon D7200 with a Tamron 150-600mm G1 at 600mm 1/100th, ISO 100, f6.3. The Tamron lens VC (stabilization) is really good for most of the shooting I do. Normally a picture like below would need to be at 1/600th or even 1/1200th or above to get a clean shot like this. I like the contrast of the shaded rock close and sunny Camelback Mountain in the distance.
Our unintentional hike ended up taking us all the way around the perimeter of the park and it is now closed down around the whole park. Years ago one could drive all the way to the picnic table and enjoy a moment of zen. Now you will need to plan a hike to get there. They improved a few trails so disabled people in chairs will be able to enjoy the view a bit. But while that is an improvement it reduces accessibility a bunch, since people like me just have trouble walking and don’t have a chair.
The hike took a lot out of me, and there is no doubt that the Lord helped carry me since I made it all the way around. Thank God for his Grace and Love!