Watson Lake Photo Walk- Prescott, Arizona

March 22, 2014 I will be co-leading a photo walk with Larry Pollock of Larry Pollock Photography.  The walk will begin in the late afternoon with a target of reaching our chosen spot for another spectacular sunset shoot in Arizona!  You can read more about it, and even register on the waiting list, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthernAZPAC/?bookmark_t=group.  You will see the event at the link above and can register via Meetup should you want to go or the many other events that will be going on as the temps start to warm up.

Watson Lake  is just north of Prescott and a place I frequent often.  It’s flat ‘grassland’ and large Cottonwood Trees (as seen above) on the south end and the enormous granite outcroppings (can be seen in B.O.P. Landscape Photography album) on the north end of the lake give such diversity for a photographer or just someone looking to get out.  Living so close, I go there often when just wanting to get out to hike around and see what I can uncover.  The obvious stands out ever time I go there, but with the options opposite extremes to the lake there are many times when I see something from a different perspective.  How many times I have hiked the same trail, cut through the same waste high weeds, or climbed the large granite rocks, but I always seem to come home with a different picture.

Watson Lake is one of two adjacent lakes that serve as reservoirs for the local communities.  The granite rocks I have spoke of, after further research, have been dated to 1.4 billion years old.  Their almost odd look due to their round edges makes one think about the history they have which clearly involved being submersed in water.  People from all over come for a nice hike to those like like to live on the edge, literally,  by climbing them.

Along with the Granite Dells, their is an abundance of wildlife and lots of individuals come out to enjoy their photography.  Birds ranging from Red Tailed Haws, American Kestrels, Coopers Hawks, and even Bald Eagles frequent the area.  There are a variety of ducks, herons, geese, and others that are an attraction to the areas as well.

Between the landscape/s and the wildlife you can see why Watson Lake is a local favorite of mine as well as others.  If you are in the Prescott area, it’s a place I certainly recommend stopping by and enjoying for yourself.

I will be sure to post pictures from the event so check back as updates are made.

Best to you,

Brian Oakley Photography

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