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Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2017
AZLumberjack
Hiking3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
500 ft AEG
 
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Lately, because of eroding knees and ankles, my hiking has been limited to the foothills of the Superstitions. The trails are being visited more often by hikers that tend to leave their litter along the trails instead of packing it back with them, which means that I pick up and remove what I can pack out on my short hikes. When I return to my truck, I toss this "stuff" in the back and discard it when I get home.

On one hike, I found a badly worn straw hat that had suffered from rodent and sun damage... throw it in the back. On another trip along the First Water Road, I saw a plastic skull that was stuck on a fence post, I stopped and removed it and threw it in the back and it hit that old straw hat that was still back there, and suddenly I had an idea. The hat fit almost perfectly on the skull so I thought that before I threw everything away, I could take some photos of my "trash project"

So I assembled the stuff in my shop at home, a short length of Cholla skeleton appropriately served as a neck and mount for the skull, then an old woolly car wash mit made a hairpiece and finally the straw hat. A few adjustments here and there and I had my skull ready to photograph. As I was shooting the skull, I placed a "green screen" background so I could digitally cut out the skull and select an appropriate background to fit the occasion.

To finish up my photo, I selected a shot of the February full moon as it rose above a cloudy Superstition Mountain Ridgeline and a red "old film" burn around the edges to digitally blend into the background, add a famous Arizona quote and it's finished. Now I've become kinda attached to the skull and my wife says I should get some t-shirts printed... any ideas from HAZ members?
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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