Approaching Desert Sunrise

Equipment Info
NIKON D850
24mm / f/9 / 1/80 sec. / ISO 200
State/Province/Region
Nevada
Nearest Area
Pancake Range
Town
Tonopah
Brief Directions

Nevada is the Wild West of landscape photography. There are so many relatively undocumented sties to discover and explore!

Notes

A series of overlapping exposure-bracketed images were adjusted in Adobe Lightroom CC and combined using the HDR Panorama feature.

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 24, 2021
Date Taken
August 13, 2021