I could have gone home after taking this photograph.
It was one of the first scenes I photographed upon arrival in Petrified Forest National Park. I arrived in northeastern Arizona with still enough light to make a quick run through the park. Within 30 minutes this cloud was visible from a good distance and I fixated upon it hoping the road would cooperate and bend enough to provide me with a suitable composition. Seems it did. After a nine hour drive and 30 minutes of looking I had what will probably be the best image of the trip and, in pure American Tourist style, I took it from the car window parked on the side of the road. Edward Abbey is spinning.
Yet, I like it a lot. It will probably be on my 2018 Twelve Favorites list that I'll post in a few weeks. I would have gone home then had I known that. It would have saved me many, many miles, some frustration, muddy boots and jeans, a little disappointment and, of course, money in the form of gas and hotel stays.
I'll use the next few blog posts summarizing the trials and tribulations of my latest, and what may be my last, long distance road trip. I've made runs out to the Colorado Plateau for the last 6 years. Sometimes two trips a year, spring and fall. This one was too long and too late in the year to be as enjoyable and productive as those in the past. Lessons learned.