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A sagebrush stands strong, spared from the fast burning cheat grass that surrounded it. A full moon rises behind light smoky skies caused from wildfires in California and Nevada, August 2016. Cheat grass is very invasive, and is a wildfire threat. The recently charred earth in the foreground was due to a fire caused by a “careless/care less” target shooter in the Virginia Mountains (NV) area back in May 2016. I hope they get this person, there was a reward for information leading to the shooter last I heard.
This was not a planned photo shoot, as none of my images are rarely from one. I am very mobile when I do landscape photography, and never could quite understand how anybody could stay in one place for a couple hours or more waiting for the right conditions to occur, etc. I guess I am more into the “picture hunt” aspect of landscape photography, constantly moving, composing with my eyes, seeing different possibilities, and all too often scrambling to find SOME interesting foreground element for the capture. Or, I am a spaz, and impatient, and can’t sit still for very long.
Connie and I were four wheeling out at the Virginia Mountains – just exploring the recent burn scar out there. I did not think the full moon rise would be visible due to the smoke and clouds above the mountains, so we figured we would just head on back home since it was getting dark. Well, you know how it goes, your out there in the middle of nowhere, and you have to take a leak. So, I stopped the Jeep, walked to the back of it to do my business and there it was, a red moon breaking over the mountain range with thin slivers of clouds going through it. So, I grabbed my gear, and started “scrambling” to find some interesting foreground element, which really what I had on my mind when scouting earlier, was a burned up sagebrush – they do look cool as black skeletons. I found this little guy that survived the burn, standing strong next to a chalk bed washout leading around to the smoky moon. This vertical comp was from the last sequence of shots I captured, specifically for an exposure blend. The red moon with slivers of clouds in it, might be another future work, we’ll see.
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