Joshua Tree National Park
Photographs from stark and beautiful Joshua Tree National Park
Sheep Pass Sunrise (2013)
The morning is dark. The starry sky is obscured by murky clouds. The earth below is even darker, mysterious. One must feel ones’ way around being careful of jagged rocks and barbed cacti. But here and there a star twinkles momentarily and then disappears. I am cautiously optimistic. It could be a good sunrise. The eastern sky begins to brighten. The clouds on the horizon are starting to pick up a dim, ruddy glow. Anticipation begins to grow. Nothing yet but it just might happen. The earth is bright enough now to run around in search of a strong composition. I find what I’m looking for just in time for the sky to explode in glorious color. The whole show lasts nor more than five minutes and then is gone. The clouds return to their dull gray. But I was thrilled to be in the right place at the right time.