It was a gray cloudy day… until minutes before sunset when the sun squeezed between wind-whipped clouds and mountaintops and set everything on fire.

Mono Lake, California USA
Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF16-35 f/2.8L II USM lens
Focal length 16mm0, Exposure 1 second @ f/18, ISO 10

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The World As We See It Or as we missed it November 15 2012
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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...about 2 years ago

    WOW! This is an amazing image! Great work!

  • No work for me, just pure excitement watching this amazing spectacle of Nature unfold. Such a thrill to experience firsthand and now to relive the wonder by sharing it. Definitely a favorite moment for me too. Thank You!

    – Owed to Nature

  • seeya
    seeyaabout 2 years ago

    Fabulous capture, patience does pay off! Sandy

  • You said it Sandy! It was windy, raw and dreary when we got there so everyone else left pretty early. Such a great privilege to see the sun totally transform the entire seen… literally left me breathless with awe… and to have the experience all to ourselves. ;-) Thank you so much for your comments and fave Sandy!

    – Owed to Nature

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 2 years ago

    Awesome capture!

  • Thank you for your comments and fave Pauline! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 2 years ago

    amazing shot , gorgeous xx

  • Thanks Lynn! This shot is part of a Mono Lake series I posted in the summer. But was such an incredible spectacle that I keep finding more images to share. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 2 years ago

    WOW amazing cloud cover and colour!!!! Love it, excellent capture!!! :))))))))))))

  • Thank you Vicki. Was truly such an amazing scene to experience! ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 2 years ago

    what a beauty

  • Without doubt this is, and I suspect will always be, the most incredible sunset I’ll see. Thank you Luda!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Forget-me-not
    Forget-me-notabout 2 years ago

    this is stunning! love the composition! Great shot

  • Thank you so much! This sunset was a memorable and spectacular experience. Wonderful to be able to share the moment and faves with you. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Sylvia…this is just stunning..everything came together to make this spectacular.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Thank you Derek!!! Your comments are spot on. Definitely a moment where you feel you are witnessing forces aligning to demonstrate Nature’s great awe and wonder…

    – Owed to Nature

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • Thank you Ann!

    – Owed to Nature

  • vadim19
    vadim19about 2 years ago

    wow, this is impressive!

  • Many Thanks Vadim! Truly was a spectacular sight… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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