You may already know this, but I used to live in Arizona. I moved there when I was 19 or so and lived there for a year. A year was enough for the desert to sink into my soul.
I go back for a visit every so often and this spring I got to spend some time in northern Arizona. While I was there I pledged to only shoot film. I succeeded! But only because the one time I attempted to use my digital camera, I realized I didn't have an SD card with me. Ha! It was a relief, actually.
I shot 12 rolls of film, which doesn't seem like much, but that makes for about 400+ intentional pictures. It's not like digital, when you shoot haphazardly because it's free. On top of shooting that many film photos, about 3/4 of them were of plants. My loves.
I picked up an Arizona wildflowers book while I was there and still have hope to identify what I shot. There are so many incredible plants in the southwest. Their resilience is unparalleled. I am a human with legs and have the ability to get my own water when I want it, yet would not stand a chance in the southern sun the way cacti and other heat-loving plants thrive in it. And then their flowers! Holy wow cactus blooms are one of the seven wonders of the world. Or should be.
As difficult as it was, I plucked some images out of the hundreds to share. They were all shot on a Canon Ae-1p with either Ektar 100 or Portra 400 film. Locations range from Sedona, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Phoenix. Enjoy.