The Superstition Mountains are on the eastern edge of Phoenix, Arizona. This rugged range is one of the first places I began exploring and developing my photography skills. Back then, I used to wonder why this region didn’t have National Park status, but have since come to realize that was a blessing in disguise. Proximity to the metropolitan Phoenix area can make it crowded, especially on holiday weekends, but not like it would be as a park. The rugged canyons can make for great wilderness hikes, but it was always the unique rock formations riddled throughout the range that I came back to photograph. The above photograph is from my most recent trip into the mountains, and is my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness this week.