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The Divide

The Divide

Southern Arizona is cattle country. Bovines are ubiquitous across the landscape and an essential part of the economy and lifestyle of the region. In many places, they graze on thousands of acres, unfettered and unconstrained by fences. Closer to the population centers they are hemmed in by fencing, most often short lengths of barbed wire anchored to metal posts in the ground.

We are blessed that there is a cattle ranch next door to us. My wife has named the cattle and carefully observes the calfs growth throughout the season. She has even given many of them names. The barbed wire fence that separates our property from the cattle grounds happens to run straight towards Coronado National Memorial, which is the terminus of the Huachuca Mountains. Today's storm gave me a rare opportunity to set my camera up straddling the fence, creating a separation between the mountains and the valley, and wait for the passing storm to fire. I was lucky and able to capture about six strikes. I had thought about stacking them together, with some bolts in the valley and others in the mountains, but I decided not to. I reserve the right to change my mind. This image is my favorite of the photos captures today.
Shoot Date: August 18, 2018
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture priority ¹⁄₁₅ sec at f/8.0 1 EV
Lens: EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @ 16 mm
ISO: 100