Returning to the fascinating surface of Clark Dry Lake in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The mud was still a bit damp from recent winter rains that had reached the desert, late in January.

I photographed these dry, bleached and bare limbs directly from above, with the camera and wide angle lens on the tripod (something that I practiced earlier;-) – and without clouds, the tripod and camera would’ve cast a very visible shadow. Thankfully, the sky cooperated with my efforts, and within half an hour, I was able to produce three frames that work.

The limbs are not arranged or staged. I photographed them exactly as I found them, and left them that way too. I did use various camera orientations to make sure I would photograph them with the light coming from left/above, casting a shadow below/right. For some reason, that seems to be how our eyes want to perceive light and shadow in a picture.

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