Foundations of Stone

(Looks nicer in lightbox…just click on the image for a larger view)

– Usery Mountains, Apache Trail, Superstitions

One thing becomes evident when you explore the mountains and cliffs of the Arizona desert: The stuff under the ground appears to be made from jagged rock and rising stone. Everywhere you look, you see giant precipices bursting out of the earth…and you realize that the soil is hiding some amazing beauty that we may never see.

The title of today’s post is from the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers soundtrack. Weird how just kind of browsing for a title helps find meaning in a photo.

This was taken back on January 30th on my lone day off before I started the new day job. I can’t even tell you how amazing that day was with the light, the shadows and the clouds. I was definitely blessed when I hit the road that morning.

What I do like about this shot is the fact I pulled out the 50mm for it. I tend to mostly shoot landscapes wide with the 17-35, but sometimes you want to get something different.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/10, iso 100)

  • Chris Nitz

    I really like how the shadow frames this shot. It does a nice job of leading the eyes around the scene, forcing me to look at what is shrouded in the darkness. Very nice.

  • Jim Denham

    Great image and observation Mike!

  • Bob Lussier

    Nice. Lovely light.

  • Steve Beal

    The 50mm works really well here, incredible play on light/shadows.

  • James Brandon

    Killer landscape Mike, as always. It’s weird how different it looks in the lightbox too!

  • Heath O’Fee

    This is really great, Mike. Awesome play of light and shadow, and the clouds are spectacular, as usual.

  • Jesse

    That is some beautiful light. Ansel Adams-esque!