White Sands Meditation

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Taken at dusk in White Sands National Monument, there is a sense of quiet contemplation and serenity in this image. I think it’s one of the best photographs I’ve ever taken.

The funny thing is, the mood of this photo belies the manic and rushed antics it took to capture it. I, along with several other carloads of visitors, were being ushered out of the area by the park Ranger. The Monument closes its single road after sundown. Seeing the scene and light conditions unfold before me I had to stop traffic, jump out from behind my steering wheel and use the hood of my car as a tripod in order to squeeze off three quick images before jumping back in and continuing out of the Park. I didn’t even review those images until I got home about a week later.

Simplifying a scene down to its essence is harder than it looks but I think I got this one right. So it goes. You never know…

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