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Hey guys!I hope all is well Things have been going ok here. Well, I take that back. I've been pretty down about the work I do even though it is a blessing to work where I work and make an income and have benefits. I have to constantly remind myself that this is something that is worth something. The reality though is that none of this means squat to me without having a core of people who I can team up with and help address the state of what is going on in the world today, especially with regard to how our "public" lands are SEEMINGLY being destroyed day in and day out. Anyway. Enough of that except to say... If I can find a way to do this full time, buck the job, and still pay our related bills (i.e. food, shelter, transportation), I would love to take everyone out to this place or someplace like it. The awe that is inspired in people could be THE catalyst that finally bridges the divide. The petty greed and pride that often seem to taint our conversations, opinions, and actions. I tried submitting this to the associated Big Bend Chat fb page, but I must not have done it correctly. Whatever the case, here is at least ONE photo from the trip that I got to take with James, Scott, Ben, and Omar (a newbie who draws! he drew some marvelous recreations of Casa Grande and a few other spots). I'll share more of course, there is as usual the wildlife that crosses paths with us, and of course there are some "action" shots.Anyway... On to the "action". Enjoy!This was my favorite "accidental" capture from Big Bend National Park. It MAY be an iridium flare, but I am not sure. I was still setting up the camera to focus on the stars and to get an idea of how in focus the landscape was/etc, and as a car peeked its way through the trees off and on during its journey up Basin Road, I said aloud in the middle of nowhere as I clicked the shutter "I will call you The Ascension". As I finished saying this, as dorky as it is to talk aloud when alone in a place like this, suddenly a bright light appeared in the sky...As you can see in the image, the light was moving. It moved slowly from left to right over the course of about 8 seconds. As it started, it was bright and grew brighter still, then it dimmed, and got even brighter than it was just prior... And then it faded away. I nervously waited for the camera to process the extended exposure so I could review the capture on screen, and BAM! Sure enough the entire event showed up on the frame I had captured, including the small clip of taillights from the car going up to the Chisos Mountains Lodge - Big Bend National Park.Many times in life we will see things that are absolutely amazing, but I can say with certainty that this type of thing happens each and every time I am out at this place. The absolute vastness of the place is dwarfed by the things that happen at unfathomable distances and still raise the hair on the back of my neck. Whatever this event was, it was amazing to see in person. Thankfully I captured a crude rendition of what exactly happened in front of my very eyes, and hopefully it is something that captures your imagination as well.
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