I've spent the last two weeks in and around the desert southwest. Here's one of those one in a million situations...I actually went out to shoot star trails and found some of the coolest cloud formations I've ever seen, not to mention in the general realm of composition I desired! So, I took advantage. This lasted about 20 minutes so I had a lot of times to capture quite a few frames until I got just the right clouds I wanted. This is a 30 second exposure with the "magic lantern" technique described in recent past postings here on Flickr.

This is a Hohokam Indian petroglyph. Of course no one knows what the spiral means but the top two guesses for the meaning of a spiral petroglyph are:

1) A water source is near by (true i this case)
2) It is a related to the night sky

Well hope you enjoy. This is likely my last post of 2011 as I'm off to Africa next for the month of January. Next up, critter shots!

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