Farm and Clouds, Mule Creek, New Mexico

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Returning to my home in San Francisco toward the end of a two-week-plus photo vacation through the Southwest, I opted to take a route I had never taken before. Cutting down through New Mexico’s El Malpais region towards Safford and Bisbee, Arizona, I passed through the micro-village of Mule Creek. Barely out of town, I noticed a small road winding through a field of tall, rich grasses, with some small buildings and marvelous New Mexico clouds as a backdrop. Never one to pass up a small and intriguing side road, I pulled over and realized I had the makings of a gem right in front of me.

I set up the 8x10 camera just at the side of the road. I wanted to darken the sky to accentuate the drama of the sky and clouds in relation to the farm, so used a red filter. 

This is one of my absolute favorite images....I love the simplicity of the composition, and the stark contrast between man and Mother Nature.