As I watched the moon rise over this solitary tree, atop a cinder pile at Craters of the Moon National Park, it seemed sad as the moon first kissed, embracing the tree, then slowly drifted away…leaving the tree stranded on the barren landscape and calling out…Don’t Leave Me!

If this image makes you sad too, don’t worry, the moon returned the next evening :-)

Craters of the Moon National Park, Idaho, USA
500 mm Lens

I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • Jan Cartwright
    Jan Cartwrightover 3 years ago

    Simple and effective shot. Great work!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Themis
    Themisover 3 years ago

    …and returned even fuller, I’m sure :-) Very good, love the composition

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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