Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

July 21, 2011

Dry Heat

Filed under: curiosities, Non Birds — richditch @ 8:58 pm
Phoenix Temperature

Phoenix Temperature

Still not much to photograph around Phoenix or elsewhere in central AZ – the summer temps are just too high to spend significant time outside. But that doesn’t mean I don’t feel the pressure to use my camera. This is an obvious shot to take, of course, but its the sort of image anyone living here in the desert ought to have in their portfolio. As I’ve driven around the city I’ve occasionally seen these display signs at Walgreens drugstores, but never where I was ready to pull over and grab a few frames. But they’ve just finished building a new one nearby so it was easy to drop into their parking lot earlier this week.

I know that large sections of the US are experiencing a substantial heat wave – it has been a major story on all the national news broadcasts. But it always is a bit amusing to us here in Phoenix when the talking heads on TV get excited as cities approach the triple digits. All the while they ignore Phoenix on their maps showing 10 to 15 degree higher temps.

Yes, I know that the humidity in other parts of the country makes those high 90’s feel miserable, and everybody likes to say that Phoenix has “dry heat.” I spent many years in New Jersey and know what humidity does to the comfort zone. Our humidity may be low (except when the monsoon rains roll in), but the heat is nasty just the same.

July 17, 2011, Nikon D200, 70-300 VR at 86mm, ISO 400, 1/200th second at f/4.5.



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