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Ship on a mountain by PeterJCoskun Ship on a mountain by PeterJCoskun
The superstition mountains are arguably one of the most photogenic places in all of the southwest. During the spring, wildflowers cover the hillsides adding an amazing array of color. When summer hits, the monsoon storms bring a heavy load of drama to the landscape. Here, the jagged western face of the mountain rises up abruptly as the infamous flatiron protrudes into the frame like a bow on a ship. There is never a bad time to visit this location, and if you are ever in the area, it is a must see. So many photo opportunities abound here. I shot this while scouting for good wildflower meadows last week and just wanted to get a nice view of the entire mountain. Expect to see these mountains in my images frequently over the next few months.

Superstition mountains- Arizona

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:iconmeiyeezhu:
meiyeezhu Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
I amazed that some stuntman would ever wanna ride a bike on those steep lines

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzhlDn…
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gouchrcouch Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Looking S. East from the observation point, not far from my back yard. It's my view every day. 
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Pretty nice view you have.
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Zlata-Petal Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it :+fav:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thanks!
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A really stunning sunset color.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Thank you!
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
such great warm light - it makes me want to escape to arizona.
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Thanks! It's a great vacation place!
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
it just makes me want to go climbing with my camera.
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Climbing is always fun, just be sure to have the camera strapped to you!
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
definately. Possibly best strapped in bag until reaching a stance or created at nice hanging point or belay - unless you have rope access gear which defeats the climbing as well as photographising!! :D
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cactusmumkate Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful :love: :sun:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Thanks!
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thank you!
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just gorgeous! :D
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:iconpeterjcoskun:
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thank you!
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FaerieBert Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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benjamin-charles Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
One of the best shots of Superstition I have ever seen Peter. I want it for my living room. Send me a message on FB and lets talk turkey.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thanks Ben! Idk if it is the best, but I appreciate the comment. If you mean you want this as a print, it's not going to be as detailed as I'd prefer for a print, thus I probably won't offer this version for print. I do plan on re-shooting it as a stitched pano to get it printed for sale. I just wouldn't want to sell something that I feel isn't of printing quality.
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benjamin-charles Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
I do mean I want it as a print. Would you be comfortable printing it at any size? Even if it is fairly small I would still like to purchase one from you. Absolutely your call though, I understand. If not this one, my second choice is your vertical comp that is similar with the wildflower forground.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Even in a small print, I don't feel it would live up to the quality I prefer. I'd rather reshoot it the right way and be able to print it any size than use a crop that doesn't carry enough quality. I do have the other image that I can print larger that I will put up on FAA (FineArtAmerica) at various sizes. Right now I don't have a specific place to get prints done so for the time being I am using FAA. I will get that one up as soon as possible and let you know. What size would you be looking at getting?
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benjamin-charles Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great, I trust your judgement Peter and thank you for being honest. Probably a 16X24 if possible. Also, if you are able to shoot the panoramic shot later on I would love to get that one as well.

Just let me know when it is up and when I get the funds in the next couple of weeks I will place the order.

Thanks a million my friend and keep up the excellent work.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I plan on shooting both scenes again in the coming weeks. I'm just hoping for fortunate lighting conditions (aka clouds). I'm going to try and get more wildflowers in the foreground from that second shot with the same view.
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   General Artist
Gorgeous shot as always! ^_^
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thank you!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lovely! I really like the colours here. :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thank you!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
fantastic pic! :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thank you!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   General Artist
awesome light :)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thank you!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   General Artist
welcome :)
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great View .. :D ..
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thank you!
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Skylanth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep, this is a familiar (and beautiful) view! You've captured some great colors, especially in the clouds.

I hope we get some decent wildflowers this spring, though I'm not sure we've had enough rain...
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thank you! I hope so too. When I was out there I spotted plenty of poppies just beginning to sprout. I think because the weather this winter hasn't been too cold like it was last year, we won't need as much rain (last year we had a somewhat wet winter). Areas near superior Arizona are already near peak with acres of poppies and lupine.
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Skylanth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the tip! I should go up and have a look.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Desertusa.com has some pretty good updates on there. I would recommend checking that out to find where the most blooms are at the moment (So far it's been near superior and san carlos apache indian reservation). The AZ state parks website also has a new feature called ranger cam that shows somewhat current wildflower conditions in the parks.
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ChickensAndDucks Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Very Nice! I love the warmth.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thank you!
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing....
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thanks!
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your shots are so gorgeous, it makes me want to visit this place and see it for myself.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I appreciate it, I definitely recommend a visit sometime.
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Thank you!
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TatteredXTrivial Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are absolutely right. having lived by these mountains for a while in my childhood, I can still pick them out easily just seeing a thumbnail of them. They're breathtaking and iconic in their own right and the lore surrounding them is so fascinating. Hands-down, they're one of my favorite landmarks. Ever.

I can't wait to see any pictures you post with the wild flowers. I remember the early spring drives and how everything went from harsh colors to that soft roll in pastel patches. I really do miss the area - it's always so wonderful to see these pictures from you.
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