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summer's end


location: owyhee reservoir
season:
last days of summer

backstory:  this is one of those photo opportunities that sneaks up on you. literally.  i was intensely focused on a scene 180º in the other direction.  

throughout this 90º+ day, desert colors were thin and washed out while kayaking from a camping spot back to my rig. there was a channel that ran around to the right side of this photo.  

i was up on the ridge of the island trying to shoot the reflection of the background cliffs in the channel.  it just wasn't working.  sunset light began to shift colors.  the island ridge shadow blocked the channel.  i could feel the sand in the hourglass beginning to trickle away.  sunset light is so fleeting and short.

letting go of the channel shot, i turned around, hiked to the ridge top and saw this.  a few clicks of the camera, a subtle setting of the sun and the moment dissolves. The golden light of sunset teaches impermanence of all things.

moral of the story: when intensely focused in front of you, take a moment to turn around.

Comments (1)
j
Jim
Mar 19, 2022
Yes and where is my beer and chair and mindless stare. Great blue. Deserves a contrasting room.
aspen in fall
Mar 29, 2022
aspen in fall
heading home
Mar 29, 2022
heading home