This view is perhaps the most stunning vista in all of the mid-western states. A nearly 800 year old cedar tree overlooks Blue Mountain Lake in the Petit Jean River Valley. In the distance you see at least 50 miles into the Ouachita Mountains.
I had already photographed a vertical panorama of this tree well before sunset when the sun dipped below storm clouds on the horizon. Thinking the show was over I packed up my gear and was enjoying the view as the light faded.
Shortly after sunset the horizon began to glow. I scrambled to setup my gear and had time for a single exposure of nearly a half-minute. This image is still my favorite and I will never forget the last minute gift of this scene. The wide angle lens allowed me to capture the transition of day to night in a single exposure.
Technical camera wide angle lens naturally darken at the edges making a wonderful vignette highlighting this incredible scene and saved the sky from being too bright at the horizon.
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