My recent trip to Hawaii provided me with the perfect shot for this weeks Daily Post Challenge of Elemental. Earth, air, fire, and water are all there, but you can’t tell that the air is not exactly the best for you from this shot. I probably could have gotten a little closer if this hadn’t been the downwind side. I was fortunate to grab a couple shots before retreating to cooler non-toxic air. In full size images enlarged on my screen, I can see the distortion from the heat.
A large part of the land in the southwestern US is by definition, a desert. A couple times during the year, weather patterns shift, and much needed rain covers the desert, often in volumes too excessive to benefit the land. One of those times is happening now. The summer rainy season, or monsoon season, can make travel tricky or unsafe at times, but can also make for tremendous lighting conditions. In the case of the rainwater pools, above, all the smaller ones usually evaporate within a day. The larger ones can remain for weeks, providing water for the wildlife through drier times.
This spot is in the western Grand Canyon. The Esplanade Sandstone layer is riddled with these water collecting depressions and can be seen through lengthy, though not necessarily difficult hikes. This is my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness with the theme of Season. To see what other photographers have contributed, or instructions to join in, please visit her website.
I always try to find elements of texture for my photo subjects, so searching through photos with that theme in mind wasn’t so difficult. One photo stood out for me because of its combination of textures. From my muse, Valley Of Fire, is a photo that includes two distinct layers of sandstone, a sandy wash, and one of the most textured skies I’ve ever seen.
For this week’s Daily Post Challenge: Textures