Let’s Check Out the Peridot Mesa Wildflowers!
Springtime is on the horizon! Here in Arizona, it wasn’t the wettest of winters, so we will have to see what Mother Nature does for the Peridot Mesa Wildflowers. Nevertheless, there’s always something to photograph when venturing out this way.
2018 was quite a treat, and a lot of areas in the southwest had some super blooms. The pano above was shot with a Rokinon 14mm lens, but my favorite glass of the day was my Sigma 150mm macro. Below you can see my favorite shot of the day, with this curious little spider.
I also used the macro lens to get some killer depth of field shots. Shooting with a wide open aperture also helps open a world of creativity. Use the sunlight and angles to your advantage. Try different angles. And that includes getting down and dirty on the ground if you can!
Be Sure To Purchase A Permit
If you would like to photograph the poppies, along with the other wildflowers in the area, you will need a permit. The Peridot Mesa Wildflowers reside on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. I usually purchase mine at the Circle K in Globe, at 2011 East Ash Street. This Circle K is quickly on the way if coming from the Phoenix area.
When arriving from the Globe area, watch for magical mile marker 268. Just past it, you will see the dirt road on your left. Of course, you will also see the golden hills bursting with poppies at this point too.
Be courteous of all the flowers in the area and leave no trace! Consider bringing a polarizer, a tripod, sunscreen, and maybe even a snack. You will park along a dirt road once turning off US 70. It’s easy to keep extra gear and water in your vehicle because of this. Above all, enjoy the Peridot Mesa Wildflowers!
If you are a fan of macro images, check out my Macro Gallery! I also recently uploaded some test footage shot with my D850 of the area. Head to my YouTube channel to view that. Are you interest in learning Lightroom? Are you new to Lightroom? I know offer a Lightroom Learning Live Session via Skype. Watch me as give you a complete rundown of Adobe Lightroom. Head over to Learn Lightroom Live now!