Vernal Pool Sunrise Sunburst

Equipment Info
NIKON D850
24mm / f/22 / 1/125 sec. / ISO 200
State/Province/Region
Nevada
Nearest Area
Bureau of Land Management, Nevada
Town
Tonopah
Brief Directions

Nevada enjoys 86% federal lands, much of it administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Just head out and find a place to have to yourself.

Notes

I captured a panorama of several bracketed exposures, and adjusted and stitched them in Adobe Lightroom CC.

Description

After the peak night of the Perseid meteor shower, I went to pick up my camera before dawn, and was treated to this stunning sunrise! There are subtle ripples on the water where the tadpole shrimp are starting to stir. Their eggs can lie dormant in dried mud up to 27 years before a rain shower recreates their habitat. These ones resembling small prehistoric horseshoe crabs were close to 2" long. They have to grow and reproduce fast to race the drying pool.
Apparently they they can reproduce as little as a week after hatching!

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Date Added
August 16, 2021
Date Taken
August 13, 2021