Photographer's Note

Looking north from Meteor Crater's rim there's nothing to stop the wind for 10s of miles which is what makes this area dangerous for longhaul truck drivers. Even standing on the crater's rim can be difficult as the unimpeded wind hits the exterior wall of the crater (which rises about 100 feet above the plain) and is forced upward.

To provide a sense of scale,the freight train that's visible just below the center of the photo is more than 6 miles away and is probably 2 miles in length. In addition trucks with trailers (up to 53 feet long) can be seen on the slightly closer I-40 interstate highway. The mountains in the background are on the Navajo Reservation and are probably 50-60 miles away.

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ISO 200, f/14 at 1/100 second, 48mm focal length

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