This photograph was taken from the Four Peaks wilderness part of the Tonto National Forest.
A while back we spent a weekend in Four peaks area. Even though Four Peaks is Located 40 miles northeast of Phoenix, this prominent landmark can be seen from great distances in all directions. For that reason we decided to head out and explore this area. At the time of our visit the wildflowers were in bloom so we picked a spot that had a nice collection of wildflowers and had a great view of the Four Peaks and waited for the sun to set.
As it turns out we were blessed with one of those special Arizona sunsets. Just as the sun was setting, high clouds moved in and provided natural filtered sunlight. This lighting effect allowed the flowers and Saguaros to glow, while the clouds above Four Peaks picked up the reds from the sunset. All of the elements combined to create this amazing desert scene.