Perched at the Edge, Reaching for the Abyss

Black Canyon 4a-small2

The juniper hangs precariously beside the deep canyon, its dead lower branches reaching out toward the abyss. Perhaps if it can reach far enough, it will touch the distant rains for which it certainly thirsts.

This tree is likely hundreds of years old. These junipers definitely know how to age gracefully. They are a treasure in the desert of the southwestern United States, the highlight of many wonderful landscapes of this chaotic and mesmerizing geology.

This photo is another “salvage job.” It was taken near sunset in low light without a tripod. The original was underexposed–on purpose so that it wouldn’t be too shaky or noisy. I’ve included the original for comparison. What do you think?

Black Canyon 4-before

As usual, editing done in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements.


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