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Moonstruck Chollas

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 16 October 2010 in Landscape & Rural.

I couldn't drag you away from this part of the park without letting you have one more look at the Chollas under moonglow. This image was taken in 2007 with a Fuji point and shoot which generally did a great job, but the settings here here did not quite allow us to see the "man in the moon." But I figure that's ok since we are really here to see the plants. You can see how the moonlight (as well as angular sunlight) presents a fascinating glow in the bristles of the plants.

You may also be interested to learn that the range of mountains that you see entering the frame from the left are an extension of the Pinto Range and they are about 10 miles away. In the upper right-hand portion of the frame - the taller mountains are the Coxcomb Mtns., They are about about 35 miles away. This might give you a good idea of the expansiveness of the desert. Now, to some people, looking across areas like this just mean "nothing." But to my wife and me, they represent one of the most beautiful and magnificent aspects of the desert: The open and broad spaces filled with beauty, filled with peace and spritual energy. We truly love the desert!

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/5 second F/5.6 ISO 200 29 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/5 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
29 mm

cholla
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