This photo was taken at the east end of Arizona's McDowell Mountains, in Scottsdale. This mountaintop spot has a long view to the eastern horizon, directly illuminated by the breaking sun's first light. On the far side of this draw (west-facing), the hillside remains shadowed. On the near east-facing slope, the hillside and its host of saguaros have all turned fiery orange by the sun's first rays.
first light on mcdowell mtns_#02 _ scottsdale, arizona _ (© 2012 megart)