Craters of the Moon
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I arrived at Craters of the Moon National Monument just as the sun was getting ready to set.
I still had about an hour of light left, and I was determined to take advantage of it. I raced around
the bizarre lunar landscape photographing the pale flowers that contrasted so beautifully with the
dark earth. Formed from lava flows, the ground is dark, sometimes sharp, and porous lava rock. Where
the rock has eroded or broken up, small plants and flowers have taken hold.
I finished photographing, decided I would set up camp, and with a vicious wind whipping over the
campground proceded to try to pitch a tent in dark hurricane conditions. At one point, with the tent
erected but not staked down, the wind picked the tent up over my head as I held on to one corner
with an outstreatched arm. I parked my car on the windward side to try to shelter myself from the
elements as much as possible.
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