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The Sound of Silence

Here is another photo taken in Guadalpue Mountains National Park, the same park as the last photo I posted. This is many miles on the other side of the park. On the far right is El Capitan - the peak promimently featured in that photo and to the rest of the park.

I'm a big fan of sand dunes because I love the patterns they make and the way the light beautifully changes from moment to moment, so I had to check these out. They are on the west side of the park so sunset seemed like a good choice to see the last rays of light hitting the Guadalupe Mountains. To me it's always amazing to think about a light source 93 million miles away that is aligned just right so the flat ground is in shadows, but its beams are still just reaching the mountains and clouds. It happens every day at every moment at some place in the world, yet it is still amazing to me to see it and ponder it.

After we hiked back to the car in the dark, I remember pausing for a moment and hearing a deafening sound of silence. Often even in nature you can hear cars in the distance, or wind, or ocean waves, or plants rustling, or something. This was the quietest place I can remember - nothing at all. It was surreal. Perhaps to some, silence is unnerving but I find it quite peaceful and serene. It allows distractions to fall away, and the present moment to shine through to be observed and appreciated.

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Captured: February 2017
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 16-35mm f/4
Settings: IS1400, 16mm, f/16, 1/8 second

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