Beauty & Life in Adversity

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Beauty & Life in Adversity

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This young Maple sapling has taken root among some boulders and sand in the middle of a very narrow slot canyon created by violent flash floods. The sand is still wet from a flash flood that had gushed through the canyon only a few days prior, and yet the beautiful little Maple stands, defiantly displaying its coat of brilliant autumn leaves. It is amazing to me that this Maple can even exist in such adverse conditions, with no topsoil, no nutrients, and only loose sand and boulders to grow in, and yet there it is, defiant, beautiful, strong.

To make this image, I set my tripod up low to the ground, backed all the way into the opposite wall, and leaned in to see my ground glass under the hood. There are is about a foot or two of sand between the red sandstone slope in the foreground and my camera, so composing this scene was rather tricky. I made a single 8 second exposure at ƒ/32 on Fuji Velvia 100 using a CPL on my Schneider 90mm lens and some front rise on the Intrepid 4x5" view camera, made at 6pm as the light was fading fast. A few minutes later, I ran into Thomas Heaton in the same wash as I was finishing up with my next composition, and then Ben Horne a few minutes after that!

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