Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

October 11, 2009

Cottonwoods of Las Cienegas

Filed under: Arizona, Around Tucson, Photography — Tags: , , , — Laurent @ 10:26 pm

 

Cienega Creek, Cottonwoods

Cienega Creek, Cottonwoods

 

Before I start rolling out images from Colorado, I wanted to share a pretty little place in the Empire mountains of southeastern Arizona – Cienega Creek.  Actually, this is a feeder to Cienega Creek.  I hope to make an image of Cienega Creek proper at some point, but this what called to me the day I was there.

Cienega Creek is an important corridor for birds and wildlife.  Over 170 species of birds have been identified in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (NCA).  I re-stumbled upon this area while looking to explore the San Pedro Riparian NCA. Everything is primitive here.  There are no paved roads and just a few dirt roads left from the days of when the Empire and Cienega Ranches were in full operation.  Now it’s protected by the BLM.

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September 3, 2009

Little Wild Horse Tank

Filed under: Arizona, Around Tucson, Photography — Laurent @ 8:08 pm

 

Little Wild Horse Tank, Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Little Wild Horse Tank, Saguaro National Park, Arizona

 

Sometimes it takes me a little while to get to my 4x5s.  For one reason or another, I didn’t bother scanning this image from summer 2008 until a few weeks ago.  I didn’t much care for it in color (the image was made on Provia), so I converted it to monochrome and I like it much better this way.

Little wild horse tank is a small rivulet that runs off the west side of the Rincon mountains just east of Tucson. The entire Rincon mountain range is protected in the Saguaro National Park, Rincon mountain district – also known as Saguaro east side.  It’s a great hike for an early summer morning…as long as you get back to the car before it gets too hot!

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July 31, 2009

Sauntering to Sonoita

Filed under: Arizona, Around Tucson, Photography — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Laurent @ 9:34 pm

 

Sonoita Grasslands, Arizona

Sonoita Grasslands, Arizona

 

I can’t always make it to some place high in elevation when I get too hot in Tucson.  Yet not even an hour away at an elevation of 5000 ft, you can feel the difference between the sun-baked concrete jungle of the city and the coolness of the grasslands.  The area surrounding Sonoita is rolling hills dotted with oak savannahs and cienegas.  In the distance of this image are the Mustang mountains on the left and the Huachuca mountains on the right. The area is almost completely surrounded by mountain ranges, including the scenic Santa Rita mountains. I enjoyed a quick trip down this way to enjoy the evening with the windows rolled down before I headed to the furnace of the city.

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July 23, 2009

Sunset in the Pines

Filed under: Around Tucson, Photography — Laurent @ 8:57 pm
Sunset, Santa Catalinas

Sunset, Santa Catalinas

The Santa Catalinas rise 6500 feet above the desert floor.  So what happens in monsoon season in the mountains?  Spectacular light!  My friend Scott and I got stuck in our cars for about 15 minutes while a torrential monsoon dropped buckets on us.  After the rain, we hiked up to a saddle where we were planning on camping with another friend, Stefan, who was visiting from back east with his girlfriend.  After the thunder and lightning subsided, we had a great and relaxing night.

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June 22, 2009

Ferns, Marshall Gulch

 

Ferns, Marshall Gulch

Ferns, Marshall Gulch

 

Ferns are in full force in Marshall Gulch, my favorite trail in the Santa Catalinas.  The parking area is closed off. Presumably the powers that be are going to fix up the road that leads to the trailhead.  If you do go, expect an extra half mile walk to the actual trailhead.  Columbines are just starting to bloom.

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June 18, 2009

Mountain Empire Wine and Dine This Weekend

Santa Ritas

Santa Ritas

If you have no plans for this weekend (June 20-21), check out the Mountain Empire Wine and Dine down in Patagonia, Sonoita, and Elgin.  There’s lots of stuff happening.  And stop by Creative Spirit Artists in Patagonia to check out some of my photography for sale down there.  They’re having a weekend sale to help celebrate the weekend.

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June 8, 2009

Saguaros, On Guard

Saguaros, On Guard

Saguaros, On Guard

Another from my last batch of black and white experimentation.  Photographed on Ilford FP4. Like in the last post, the development is a little patchy.  I’ll need to mix my chemicals a bit better.  And a thanks to Michael Gordon for the tip on trying to get the temperature of my chemicals down (check his site out, he has some new images).  I followed the directions for processing at 73 degrees since that’s as cold as I could get my water.  Need more ice packs!

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May 15, 2009

End of a Day

Filed under: Around Tucson, Photography — Tags: , , , , , , , — Laurent @ 6:00 am
Hohokam Petroglyphs

Hohokam Petroglyphs

This is actually an old image from a couple of years ago.  I always meant to make it back here to try this again because I thought all my slides were too dark.  Then I realized one was actually perfect for scanning, so here it is.  I sometimes call this “Man Was Here,” but now I’m wondering if “End of a Day” might be a better title.  Hmm…

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December 16, 2008

Feeling of Light

Filed under: Around Tucson, Photography — Laurent @ 5:05 am
Sunlit Maple

Sunlit Maple

Jade and I were constantly fascinated by our walk in the Chiricahua in November.  I’m still enthralled.  It seemed you walked another 100 feet and you’d find another beautiful tree.  I couldn’t begin to compose them all.  We passed by this tree and you can see the green leaes still on the tree as it is just starting to turn!  Amazing this was in the middle of November.

It’s now winter.  The trees in my work parking lot are starting to turn and we are getting wintery skies.  There’s been a couple of nights including this evening where I wish I had my camera with me as the sky has been phenomenally beautiful.  This doesn’t happen often, unfortunately.

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November 10, 2008

Miller Canyon

Last Vestiges

Last Vestiges

Jade and I made a brief but pretty walk up Miller Canyon in the Huachucas, about an hour and a half from Tucson. I plan on coming back up here in the next few days when it is a little less windy.  Usually mornings are best for that.  Here, digital provides a fast enough shutter speed to be able to freeze the shaking leaves, but 4×5 would requre 1-2 seconds typically in this kind of light.

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