Couldn’t wait to post this jewel. Caught it today showing all the snow on the Four Peaks. I used Photomatix HDR software on 3 images, plus some shading and highlighting. If you look real close you can see deer just to the left of the cactus in the middle by the first bush. Canon 60d with 70-300mm lens at 120mm. I used a 1/100 exposure time and f/18 to increase the DOF which makes the foreground in focus. It was quite windy and cold when I took this shot so I used a tripod. I just think this is a spectacular shot, but of course I’m prejudice.
Four Peaks (Yavapai: Wikopa), at 7,657 feet (2,334 m) in altitude, is a prominent landmark on the eastern skyline of Phoenix, part of the Mazatzal Mountains. It is located in the Tonto National Forest 40 miles (64 km) east-northeast of Phoenix, in the 60,740-acre (245.8 km2) Four Peaks Wilderness. On rare occasions, Four Peaks offers much of the Phoenix metro area a view of snow covered peaks, and is the highest point in Maricopa County.
The name Four Peaks is a reference to the four distinct peaks of a north-south ridge forming the mountain’s summit. The northernmost peak is named Brown’s Peak and is the tallest of the four at 7,657 feet (2,334 m).2 The remaining summits are unnamed, and from north to south are 7,642 feet (2,329 m), 7,575 feet (2,309 m) and 7,524 feet (2,293 m) in altitude.