Sunday, October 07, 2007


joshua tree national park1
Originally uploaded by JW Landis.

Quite an interesting series of events in order to get this shot. I was in southern California (not the trendy part -- the desert part) for a conference, and by the end of the week I was ready to run away from my lonely hotel room.

I rented a car and drove roughly 80 miles northeast to Joshua Tree National Park. I arrived just at sunset, ill-prepared for the suddenly diving temperatures. I was dressed for palm springs, and the raised elevation and cold desert night made my teeth chatter.

I jumped in and out of the car a few times while trying to keep warm as my 30 second shutter snapped photos. I stopped at roughly 6 roadside stops before seeing two wolves (coyotes, maybe?) cross the road in front of me.

With a newfound case of the heebie jeebies, I setup for a last few clicks on my makeshift tripod (the roof of my rented Kia) and focused on infinity.

This shot made the whole experience worthwhile.


Anonymous Ron said...

Definitely coyotes. No wild wolves around here.

1:58 PM  

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