It was summertime when I first visited this location hoping to begin a series of prints showing this twisted tree in different seasons. My first thoughts on that visit (with the temperature hovering in triple digits) were about how much this twisted tree must have been through over the decades. On this visit, the thermometer barely made it to 15, and a rare frost had coated the tree. Unfortunately, my plans for a series ended when someone leveled this site for no apparent reason. Decades of survival wiped out in a few moments by a bulldozer - in the name of progress?
Do you believe it? Seriously, many people (myself included at one time) think this is a photoshopped image. How could it be real? You don't see colors like this in nature. Or do you?
If you ever have the opportunity, visit Antelope Slot near Page, Arizona. The slot canyons there are easily accessible through guide services provided by the Navajo Nation. Best time to visit - near noon, as the sunlight streaming into the slot begins to bounce back and forth across the beige sandstone. It is this reflection that causes the color shifts that delight the senses.
After several trips to White Sands National Monument I thought I had the exact composition I wanted for this promising sunset. As prepared as I thought I was, this final composition came about because I had the opportunity to see the scene through someone else’s eyes as I was setting up. Just as the sun was reaching this position, James Clinich called me over to his vantage point, prompting me to instantly abandon my previous plans.
Lesson learned: always use every advantage you have available. For this capture, the best tool I had with me turned out to be James.