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Challenge: National Parks (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Date: Aug 29, 2016
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2016

I confess: I had an embarrassment of riches from which to choose. So it was very, very difficult to choose. I really wanted to enter something from one of the Utah parks, but silly me managed to delete them all somehow. I've since rescued them, but the process altered them, so they would not be valid originals for validation (should I be so lucky :)

This is from a trip this year with my dear pal Susan 31_N.gif Ottalini. It was her birthday trip, and we had a splendid time. This experience on the Racetrack was rather magical. It is not your "typical" park image, but together with the halo sun (late afternoon, not midnight :), and the quiet expanse with these mysterious sailing rocks, well, it was the epitome park experience for me.

Happy birthday, NPS! Thank you for providing so many people with such a spectacular back yard.

I am beyond stoked that this did so well. The Racetrack is an otherworldly location. The ground is almost living: it is warm, and looks like skin, if you were to vastly amplify skin. It is like a living thing. We were exceedingly fortunate to also have a sun halo materialize for about 30 minutes while we were there. And of course, the sailing stones. Here is an explanation of how they happen.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 131
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Avg (commenters): 7.2000
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Views since voting: 845
Views during voting: 167
Votes: 90
Comments: 14
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09/08/2016 05:53:29 PM
Granted, it is a stunning setting, but you have captured it spectacularly in all of its drama and mystery. Very nicely done.
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09/07/2016 12:13:00 AM
Awesome shot! Congratulations. I love the article you linked. Very fascinating.
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09/06/2016 11:44:34 AM
Wish that horizon was straight! Yea, you know who you are.
Kidding aside, I want to come to this place to photograph this phenomenon. I think your version is very special and the halo sun adds another mysterious feel to it. Congratulations!

I missed entering this challenge, darn it.
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09/06/2016 10:09:07 AM
Absolutely fabulous. Congrats.
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09/06/2016 08:38:26 AM
Happy to see this do well. Wonderful photography here.
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09/06/2016 07:36:19 AM
Amazing light, texture, tones, fantastic image. Congratulations.
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09/06/2016 02:14:40 AM
Would love to know how you controlled the brightness of the sky so well, congratulations.
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09/06/2016 01:38:23 AM
One of the best. Wonderful craftsmanship. I am there.
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09/06/2016 12:19:14 AM
The textures on the ground are fantastic! Congrats
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/05/2016 10:04:07 PM
Surreal and memorable. Not to mention admirable for the effort. bump
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09/05/2016 09:50:38 PM
One of the more interesting images in the challenge. I really like the composition and the sky.
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09/05/2016 07:57:07 PM
Why does the rock look like it's been dragged there??? Interesting place
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09/05/2016 05:01:12 AM
Nice subject on a stark but dynamic scene.
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09/03/2016 08:15:21 PM
Somebody should call the Sierra Club, alert them to all the wonderful photos in this challenge. It's truly amazing. What a beautiful planet we have to live on. Thanks for posting this shot.
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