Mojave Desert Sunset

© Jeff Sullivan

Mojave Desert Sunset

Uploaded: February 03, 2009


Sunset in the Mojave National Preserve.

As the sun approached the horizon and turned darker shades of orange, I was moving around to find a good way to feature the unigue subspecies of Joshua Trees that grow there. Then 9 truckloads of hunters drove by, kicking up a lot of dust, which provided sun rays as the light streamed through the branches of the Joshua Trees.

All species of Joshua tree are pollinated by a single species of Yucca moth. The trees inhabit only 20% of their historic range, possibly in part due to the extinction of the giant ground sloth (which fed on, and distributed and fertilized their seeds). They are very sensitive to microclimate, and are likely to face sustantial challenges due to climate change.

Exif: F Number: 16, ExposureTime: 1/40 seconds, ISO: 400, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Craig W. Myers level-addict February 11, 2009

Although you may not have had kind thoughts toward the hunters as you were choking on their dust, the softening effects of the suspended dust really sets this image apart from so many other silhouette-of-joshua-trees pictures. Congratulations on this brilliant improvisation--many of us may well have cursed our bad luck as we waited for the dust to settle before firing away. Craig Myers #1082415

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).

Get Constructive Critiques

Sign up for an interactive online photography course to get critiques on your photos.


Did You Know?

BetterPhoto Websites: If you see an orange website link directly under the photographer's name, it's totally okay. It's not spam. The reason: BetterPhoto is the one that offers these personal photography websites. We are supporting our clients with those links.

Unavailable EXIF: If there is no other information but 'Unavailable' in the EXIF (meaning no EXIF data exists with the photo), the 'Unavailable' blurb is not displayed. If there is any info, it shows. Many photos have the EXIF stripped out when people modify the image and resave it, before uploading.


The following truth is one of the core philosophies of BetterPhoto:

I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.

You learn by doing. Take your Nature and Landscape Photography up to a new level of understanding in my new online class - on sale now. Editor's Pick

Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Jeff Sullivan.
Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer.
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.