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I am visiting my sister and her husband in Tucson, Arizona. I will be working on a job later this week, but in the meantime, I am running around the desert shooting the crazy stuff that grows here. We do not have spiky cactus in New England!

I am using the Sony PMW-EX1 with the Letus Extreme. I have my trusty Vinten Vision 3 lightweight carbon fiber tripod and my bag of Nikon Nikkor manual lenses.

I checked out the Catalina Highway where the Saguaro cactus grow up to thirty feet high! They reach toward the sun and this time of year, the sun is very comfortable and the temperatures are very mild. The wind was very strong and I had trouble using my telephoto lenses because of shake and wobble. I recorded some sound of the natural windy environment and incorporated it into the film.

I almost stepped on a rattle snake while carrying my kit and found that wondering around the desert underbrush in shorts is not a great idea.

I wish I had my mountain bike out here, there is fast single track everywhere.

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