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Autumn in Garden Canyon

Autumn in Garden Canyon

Countless neon signs light the deep, man-made canyons of New York City where they cast a gaudy, artificial light onto the shadowed darkness of the streets. A year ago this month we left them for the mountains and canyons of southern Arizona's high desert region. Here the natural canyons of Gods creation are kindled with the spectacular neon glow of His great light.

One of my favorites of these gorges is Garden Canyon. Sitting quietly in the western corner of Fort Huachuca it is one of the less frequently visited canyons in the area. It is here, flanked by steep, jagged mountain cliffs, that a primitive road carves a winding path northward through its core. And it is there, for a brief period in the late afternoon, as the sun sinks onto the ridgelines of the mountains western flank, that one can enjoy a display of neon radiance which is unequaled by any of man's creations.

Framed in the dark green of the coniferous forest, the few deciduous Aspen and Oak standout in their fall attire, igniting into a blazing display of gold and orange-hued glory. The show is brief, for as the light fades behind the mountain so too does the sparkling illumination. But oh; to witness this spectacle is to know the artistry of the world God gave us. I am humbled to be its scribe.
Shoot Date: November 5, 2018
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Aperture priority 0.6 sec at f/16 1 EV
Lens: EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @ 31 mm
ISO: 100