POTD: Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

Returning from Wisconsin recently, we spent a couple of days at Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming. Given its iconic stature, it has been photographed a bazillion times (or more) over the years, so I wasn’t expecting to get any standout images of it. But I did get a couple I like. This one is my favorite simply because I happened to look up and see it just as this cloud was drifting by, making it look like it was on fire. Had I looked up any earlier or later I would have missed the composition, making it sort of a decisive moment of the natural landscape rather than human variety (if you’re familiar with Cartier-Bresson’s nomenclature and book).

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