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The Sentinel, Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, 2014
12-JAN-2014

The Sentinel, Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, 2014

Ranks of grasses and long dead trees mark the course of the Rio Grande as it flows through this sanctuary. This particular tree looked like a symbolic soldier shouldering a rifle, a lone sentinel guarding this vast wildlife refuge. The setting sun provides the color, as I watched a procession of small clouds float in the background. I waited for the clouds to frame the tree, and then made this image.

FujiFilm X-M1
1/280s f/6.0 at 135.7mm iso400 full exif

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Phil Douglis11-Feb-2014 18:29
Thanks, Rose, for seeing the evocative nature of this image. It is all about a wilderness area, a guarded sanctuary, the flow of a mighty river, and the glories of nature itself. I waited for the cloud placement, and spot metered on the sky to darken the water, tree, and the distant bank.
sunlightpix11-Feb-2014 01:18
My favorite image in this gallery! So evocative! Lovely colors, dramatic yet simple composition; this one is a winner! V
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