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Star tails at 17 Palm Oasis in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California.

My last post was an image of skinny palms near the ocean. These palms here are quite diffrent, they are authentic relic native California Palms growing at an oasis in a harsh desert environment.

Anza Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the United States excluding Alaska. It contains 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails not to mention that it's one of the few places in California that allows disbursed open car camping.

I made this image the night before setting off on a backpacking trip in the nearby mountains during the winter. My hope in creating it was to capture something strange almost otherwordly out in the desert. The exposure on this was between 5 and 6 hours. The lighting on the palms was from a 12 volt flashlight I used to slowly burn the palms from top to bottom lingering in each area about 40 seconds. As you can probably tell, I was not able to burn the tree evenly. Also, the light in the lower left hand corner is actually the pre-dawn sunrise on it's way up.

For post processing, I cropped and sharpened.

Regards,
Doug

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