I’m a great advocate of staying in the one spot at times for a complete day.Why do I do that? You will be surprised at times what you experience in that time. There can be changes over an 8 hour period that can leave you speechless.
I stayed at Spider Rock for 8 hrs and I did not move from that spot( apart from doing a wee:)
When I arrived there, the skies were cloudless. I arrived the day before, late in the day and camped at the only camp ground within the park. The camp ground is very6 basic but the people running it were very friendly.
The day of arriving it was a cloudless as well . The next morning that I woke and looked up to the skies which were free of any skies sadly but when I arrived at the lookout for Spider Rock, things slowly started to happened. As I’m not from these parts, I had no idea how the weather works here whereas where I live, I have a pretty good idea how things pan out during the course of the day.So it was hard to predict the nature of the skies here and what they usually end up doing.
The morning was cloudless but things started taking shape within the first 30 minutes and from there it was simply stunning. The series of shots posted here in this blog were all taken on the same day.During the day the conditions change with such drama in the skies at times.
During the day I had thunder and lightning and at times this was so scarey as I had no where to hide. There are tress but nothing that is towering. What the pictures don’t show is that not long after this ( approx 30 minutes)it started raining. Earlier on in my travels in America, I was unaware how the monsoons worked in the States and I got so drowned, more about that later, but from that time, I learnt big time and since my previous drowing I had bought two large rolls of black garbage bags.This was the first place where I had used them.
As the rain tumbled down, I was amazed how a thin piece of plastic protects ones large investment in camera gear. I didn’t care about myself getting wet, which I did but as long as my gear was protected, I was more than happy to endure the rain.
When you look at the pictures, study where the shadow of Spider Rock falls and you will see it in different positions on the ground, which is proof that I was there for the entire day.
I know when we are on the road, that it is not always easy to stay in one spot but if you ever get the chance to do so, I think you will be rewarded in ways that you thought were not possible.
My time at Spider Rock was well worth the long trip to travel there as it was out of the way to where I was heading but I so wanted to do this and the following pictures reflect the awe inspiring day that I had.
All the time I was marveling at the wonder of God’s creation and how all of this is a gift to us all to enjoy, wonder over and reflect upon.
There are places that are hard to do justice to due to the nature of their greatness in the landscape form and I feel this is such a place. Standing on the edge, looking down, I often would reflect on life back when the North American Indians roamed in this region and going about their business and I would reflect on their skills to keep living in often harsh settings.
There is one element that I have not captured here. So what would that be?
This is the biggest difference in the Australian and USA deserts. We both have the extreme heat where it is oppressive at times but in the USA, many of their deserts are also covered in snow, where as in Oz, that doesn’t happen.
Spider rock is covered in snow and this blew me away as the day I was there it was extremely hot. How can a place so hot, so oppressive at times but bathed in snow and instead of the extreme heat, one has the extreme cold?
If you can, spend one day, somewhere in your photographic life and see what you come up with.
Let me know if you should ever do that. I would love to see your results..
“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” – David Harvey