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"Baboquivari Sunset" by gwrhino "Baboquivari Sunset" by gwrhino
I had set out to shoot an image of the famous S AZ landmark, but I'd always seen it from the other side, from the Baboquivari Tribal Park.

Since this was before google earth, I spent the better part of a day finding my way in. I was determined to stay until i got something worthwhile. (translated: until I ran out of beer). I found a place to point my camera for sunset. I waited. For clouds. Of. Any. Sort. And I waited. (some of that time I further wasted by by alternately cursing and then imploring the gods to intervene. Like the rhino gives a crap).

While still waiting and pondering the futility of all the above mentioned rantings, some clouds blew in and formed a wagonwheel sunset with Baboquivari as the hub. It is my 2nd most successful image historically in terms of publishing profits. I have shared it with 5th grade classes on the Tohono O'doham reservation (it was used somehow in their curiculum. I'm not sure how.)

This of course is the reason for my ambivolence in future dealings with the deities in matters related to my photographic endeavors. That is, i still can't tell if they responded to the cursing or the praying.
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Artist
awesome !
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Pretty great when waiting pays off...especially when you have beer to pass the time. Though hiking out in the cactus might be a bit tricky eh? Funny what images become 'popular'. Though how would an image become part of the ciriculum w/o you knowing!? Assume you sold it as stock and not them appropriating it otherwise. Great use of subtle lines, though personally I might have wanted the fg 1/3 stop brighter...oh fine, a 1/4 stop :P Great image

gwrhino Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
*aFein, sorry for the time it took for your comment to seep through my overtaxed brain. The tribe asked permission and wanted a decent file. Who am I to deny their heritage and what it takes to connect to said heritage. I said, "on the way".
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes yes. I understand that for sure. I'm hoping to start working more closely w/ native Hawaiians to photograph some places that are "off limits" to use haoles (whiteys)
Xerces Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such intense colour! Lovely shot :)
pestilence Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Lovely mate!
MsDulcet Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Mindblowing capture! Absolutely incredible. Hope the beer's still flowing ;)
gwrhino Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Ms, tonight its Pacifico...thanks for the kind words
MsDulcet Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :) and erm.. sorry this is like a month later. I'm slow!
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Featured some of your images here [link] hope you dont mind.
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