I love these flowers because they are such a vivid yellow. They grow everywhere in Arizona. I see them in the fields around my house, on the side of the road and in many places I go to hike. This hand-held photo was taken on Anderson Mesa at the end of a hike. I loved the composition with the way the flowers lined up. It creates a leading line that draws the viewer into the photograph.
Using ON1 Photo RAW I kicked up the yellow just a little bit, used a vignette to draw attention to the front flower, and softened the image a little.
Anderson Mesa is a nice, flat hike. A while into the hike you come to a cliff where you can look down on Lake Mary and the valley. While the hike is flat, much of the trail has rocks in it that can beat up your feet. On my last hike there I did a 5 mile (8 kilometers) round-trip hike and found myself limping back to the car with my feet in considerable pain. The entire trail is almost 18 miles (29 kilometers) long. The trail also connects to the Arizona Trail.
One thing to warn you about is that there is very little shade. So if it’s a hot day, be prepared.