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Cholla Garden Sunrise

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 27 July 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I enjoyed sunset here so, I knew the sunrise would be good.

Joshua Tree National Park
Part of the Great American West series.

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

5 stars. This is a stellar cactus-sunrise shot. I love the way the light has picked out the details of the arms of the plants. Perhaps a hallelujah chorus !! ;-)

27 Jul 2011 5:30am

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

I love this photo, almost as if they were posing for you they look so beautifully alive !
The gorgeous sunset seems to bring these cactus to life !

27 Jul 2011 5:32am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Ain't seen much better than that, awesome sunset

27 Jul 2011 5:32am

Nik from Bude, United Kingdom

Incredible detail in the cactii and the light is fantastic. Wish I'd taken this!!

27 Jul 2011 5:37am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! a perfect shot from a professional photographer

27 Jul 2011 5:37am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Un paysage grandiose et une lumière fabuleuse ! Bravo !

27 Jul 2011 5:41am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice backlight and tones. A very incredible desert

27 Jul 2011 5:53am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

WOW...incredible colors Steve!!! Excellent light and composition

27 Jul 2011 6:58am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Awesome shot! Wonderful tones, light and details...

27 Jul 2011 7:09am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

J'aime beaucoup ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée


27 Jul 2011 7:39am

SRM from Rome, Italy

awesome! love it, compo ,tone,dof !!! perfect!

27 Jul 2011 7:57am


A wonderfully observed composition with the subtle light so beautifully spread. Stunning.

27 Jul 2011 8:08am

Z from Shanghai, China

In the desert I can really feel the sun..

27 Jul 2011 8:37am

skarlet from kerman, Iran

so beautiful place and back light!
i like it... :)

27 Jul 2011 8:59am

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Looks a like arid coral reed on land. ;)
So these cacti are Joshua trees?

27 Jul 2011 9:09am

@London Caller: No, these cacti are Chollas. A Joshua Tree can be seen here.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Fantastic image, superb light. Good day.

27 Jul 2011 9:31am

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Superb image with great details and sunrise..fabulous colours and backlight..delightful feel..

27 Jul 2011 10:41am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful light in this shot Steve! It makes the spines on the cactus glow! Nicely captured! ;-)

27 Jul 2011 12:20pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

viel besser geht nicht.

27 Jul 2011 12:23pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

gorgeous . beautiful colors and light!

27 Jul 2011 12:23pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Sensational framing here, Steve, with the sun rising over the tips of these amazing cacti.

27 Jul 2011 12:44pm

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Great shot !

27 Jul 2011 12:52pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Steve this photo has a wonderful softness. Beautiful.

27 Jul 2011 1:41pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


27 Jul 2011 1:51pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Neat sunrise shot and great foreground detail.

27 Jul 2011 1:56pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This belongs framed, matted and hanging on a significant wall. It's a beautiful moment in a beautiful place; outstandingly well-pictured. 5***** plus.

27 Jul 2011 1:57pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fantastic Steve - the lighting on these cacti is gorgeous!

27 Jul 2011 2:19pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I like the fine, early morning light and way it highlights the cacti. Very well done.

27 Jul 2011 3:25pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Incredible forms and lovely textures!!! So charming too is that sunrise colors! And all these have been most beautifully composed and captured! Enjoy this very much Steve!:-)

27 Jul 2011 3:36pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Fabulous photo !

27 Jul 2011 4:00pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Amazing foreground you got here.

27 Jul 2011 4:54pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Steve - This is completely superb! Don't you just love what happens when the light hits the bristles? Amd you, my friend, have attacked this scene magnificently! The combination of sunrise pink and on some and pure white light on others makes fopr a wonderful and compelling scene that I could look at all day - in fact I think I will! Beautiful job, as always Steve!!

27 Jul 2011 5:01pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

well done

27 Jul 2011 6:11pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful Sunrise, love the detail in the cactus.

27 Jul 2011 6:52pm

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

What a charming image!
These cactus have a curious and highly graphical shape and offer very peculiar textures while the warm tonalities of the sunrise create a wonderful intriguing atmosphere.
A very good work,

27 Jul 2011 7:19pm

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

They photograph really well - like glowing halos around them. Lovely light and colours.

27 Jul 2011 7:48pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a brilliant image, full of atmosphere and glorious tones! love the dof as well!

27 Jul 2011 8:29pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

love the contrasts here, very nicely done

27 Jul 2011 8:44pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Lovely picture and colors !!! Great capture !

27 Jul 2011 8:55pm

Fitr from Rhode Island, United States

Fantastical!! very well done. Great job!

27 Jul 2011 9:55pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

You were absolutely correct Steve! It's an incredible sunrise capture.

28 Jul 2011 12:10am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb photo! the plants in the foreground are particularly good and attract attention straight away - nicely taken!

28 Jul 2011 12:34am

PD from Kansas, United States

Great great photo - love it! Well done

28 Jul 2011 1:50am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, this is just stunning! Incredible shot! I LOVE it.

28 Jul 2011 2:47am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I am amazed at how the cactus spines are so well highlighted here. And what warm light captured in the distant sunrise.

28 Jul 2011 3:07am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

A stunning and beautiful composition and color! Beautiful detail too! Love this!

28 Jul 2011 3:11am

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Sweet! Love the light and color.

28 Jul 2011 4:44am

Stefanie from Paris, France

Great shot! I like the colours of the sunrise and the mountains in the background!

28 Jul 2011 8:07am

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

wow this one in wonderful !!!!!

28 Jul 2011 4:09pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

such a view

9 Aug 2011 4:40pm