What: Night

Lightning Night, Near Platte, South Dakota, US, June 2005

The second night camping was an unnerving one. We had driven for eleven hours skirting powerful storms in Iowa and South Dakota.

We arrived at a campground next to the Missouri river at night. It was hot, but there was no rain and no sound apart from the wind breaking off tree branches, which made the constant lightning flashes all around all the more strange and terrifying.

The flashes continued throughout the night, without stopping, as if we were surrounded by angry gods engaged in fierce battle.

Oil Field at Night, Near Taft, California, US, January 2007

On the drive down to Joshua Tree I passed through the Mordor (Wikipedia - Mordor.) of California. I got out of the car and could see the relationships in the image; the movement of the pumps, the light of the refineries obscuring the stars and even the moon, reflected off the roof of the car, the red and yellow glow on the bushes from the car’s blinkers. On a technical note, I was surprised by the 5D camera sensor’s ability to record the faint stars.

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