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Alien World Type 3:2

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Slightly South of Bisti Wilderness Area in New Mexico, an ancient remnant of lush, wetlands and forests in the age of dinosaurs lies desiccated and broken - The Valley Of Dreams. These are small areas were the skin of the land is torn open from erosion to reveal geologic and out of place structures and formations.  And just like Bisti, it completely lacks trails and directions.  
On this adventure, the plan was to find and photograph the Alien Throne and surrounding features as the planet flipped the sun from one side of the horizon to the other.  Even though waterfalls, rain forests, glaciers and mountains are obvious places to soak in the Earth’s energy, I have always returned to the desert - seeking the company of her more primal and subtle soul. The stoic features of the Valley of Dreams is a perfect meeting place of such a search.

“Alien World” was the planned headline shot of this hike, culminating in over 442 exposures, 25 seconds each for 60 megapixel images over 6 hours to capture.  The moon promised to set early setting the stage for the anticipated project. And nature did not disappoint!  Truly and alien landscape.

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Limited Editions 100

Artist Proofs 5

Valley of Dreams

Bisti Wilderness Study Area, New Mexico USA

442 images over 5 hours and 50 hours processing

1st Place Night Photography FAPA Itn'l 2021
One Eyeland Photo of the Day Oct 2020
ePHOTOzine Reader's Choice Award & Highly Commended 
                  Award 2020
Pixoto Best of Month Award November 2020
BetterPhoto 2nd Place Nov 2020
14th Color Awards 2021 Honorable Mention Nature
One Eyeland Awards 2020 Bronze Awarded
31th Maria Luisa Memorial of Photography Final Round 2021
Pixoto Best of 2020 Award
MUSE Photography Awards 2021 Platinum Trophy
Magic Lens Awards 2021 Bronze
ND Awards 2021 Honorable Mention

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