Barrio Viejo Cactus and Color


Drainpipe and Cactus. Cactus grow at the base of an aqua wall in Barrio Viejo, Tucson, Arizona.

This is the final installment in a three-post series about two afternoons spent wandering the streets of Barrio Viejo. Until yesterday, I had planned a different series of images to wrap this up, but in the end I settled on this series of four that go together nicely. All four feature the graphic shapes of different varieties of cactus and brightly colored stucco walls.

Water Cycle. Two saguaro cactuses grow near a vivid drainpipe near Barrio Viejo, Tucson, Arizona.
Enlightened. Dappled afternoon light kisses an escontria cactus in Barrio Viejo, Tucson, Arizona.
Antigave. An agave cactus casts afternoon shadow on a coppery stucco wall in Barrio Viejo, Tucson, Arizona.

I very much enjoyed my time exploring Barrio Viejo. For a relatively small area, there is a surprising amount of things to photograph. I am grateful that so many people in the neighborhood obviously take pride in picking a bright color that their neighbors somehow missed. I probably have enough images from these two outings to cobble together one more post, but they would be a bit of a hodgepodge and I think it is time for us to move on to something new for next week.

Also, I recently re-enabled the ability to leave comments on these posts because I would like to hear from you, so don’t be bashful!

Technical notes. The photographs in this post were taken with a Nikon Z7 and the Nikkor Z 24-120mm f/4 S. All were processed from RAW in Adobe Lightroom Classic.

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3 responses to “Barrio Viejo Cactus and Color”

  1. The second shadows image looks especially effective, and I like the cactus/drainpipe for the parallelism of the structures.

    Could it be good to round off your Barrio images even if it is with a “hodgepodge” (for some, “hotchpotch” for others)? I appreciate that tidiness is attractive but sometimes shuffle-play brings a different kind of reward. Your visit seems worth it.

    • Hmmm. Well, I trolled through my hodgepotch leftovers and there’s a good fifty images to mull over, some of which may well interest an amateur Egyptologist such as yourself. So, in the interest of encouraging and rewarding comments, I relent: unless I think of a better title (which I probably will) next week will be Barrio Encore.

      • Looking forward to it already! We “amateur Egyptologists” are a discerning crowd so prepare for adulation (or similar).