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The Big Guy

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 23 October 2010 in Plant & Nature.

Shortly after taking this shot, the sun disappeared behind a hill and I returned to my truck. Not wanting to drive out in the dark, I came prepared to spend the night. And that's just what I did to complete the adventure. There were no other people out there for miles around.

It was a moonlit night. I had a cup of tea and watched the jets beginning their descent into Las Vegas. It gets cold at night but I snuggled down in the sleeping bag, in the back of my pickup, of course. There were no howling coyotes but a couple of excited squeaks of some critter discovering the water I had dumped after preparing a noodle bowl the day before. Without a doubt, this excursion was a lot of fun.

Devil's Fire
Part of The Great American West series.

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A monumental plant and great story to go with it!

23 Oct 2010 6:56am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

The nature settles down wherever, even in the driest places. Seen well!

23 Oct 2010 8:36am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a wonderful narrative to go with this fantastic shot . . communication at its best.

23 Oct 2010 9:51am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

how interesting. the tree looks so out of place - as if it has been placed there

23 Oct 2010 9:58am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Sounds like it was a worthwhile trip plus.

23 Oct 2010 12:31pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


23 Oct 2010 1:59pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot of this nice tree...

23 Oct 2010 2:22pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow splendid 5****

23 Oct 2010 4:23pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

i love the rocks

23 Oct 2010 6:54pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

That tree is the one on the 6th October photo, isn't it?

23 Oct 2010 8:07pm

@António Pires: Yes, it is.

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Steve, the tones are superbly captured in this fine composition!

23 Oct 2010 9:01pm

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolis tons !

25 Oct 2010 9:00am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Beautiful effect. That Joshua tree growing right in the rocks is just amazing. Love the story you tell along with the image!

25 Oct 2010 10:30pm

Diana from United States

alone, against all odds

26 Oct 2010 5:23am

P. Morris from Canada

I missed this one from the series and it is incredible also, the whole series has been so superb.

27 Oct 2010 2:49am

Céline from New York City, United States

Beautiful ! The vignette blur gives a cool miniature effect !

27 Oct 2010 6:57pm