Finally got down to my beloved Southwest for some photography. I had not been down south since last September, so I was long over due. It was another fast trip, and had some interesting weather ranging from a nice 70° to -14° within a three day period. We hit up Devil’s Garden (where this shot was taken), several slot canyons and a few “secret” spots and had plenty of laughs.
Kevin McNeal and Jeff McGrath joined me for some good times out in Escalante, and it was fun playing “tour guide” as I showed them around this amazing place.
For this shot, I had hoped to get a nice milky way, but with the moon out, it washed the sky out for the stars to really show. About an hour before we went out for night shots, some cloud cover came in and blocked out any remaining chance to catch some stars. Still, it added for some nice contrast and mood to the night sky as we “light painted” these whimsical sand stone features in one of the most remote regions in the Southwest. I decided to call this “Patriarchs” as I couldn’t help but think these looked like grad statues that overlooked the area and how old they must be- and being old, having seen so many things transpire.

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