My February 2015 Photo Of The Month is Sunrise Victory, a sunrise photograph made in Joshua Tree National Park.
This was a very strong photographic month. I made a number of images that I will cherish for years. Some of the images were from Iron Mountain in Poway, several trips in Joshua Tree National Park, and La Jolla Cove.
I left my house at 2 AM Saturday morning to get set up for this image. Using the SkyFire App, I knew the clouds would be perfect in the Southeast section of the park. Because I had made a number of images in the Cholla Garden, I wanted to try another area.
This photograph is taken from Turkey Flats near the Pinto Basin. Pinto Mountain is in the background. The cloud formation was dramatic, beautiful, and unique. I imagined a person stretching their arms as they woke up in the morning, perhaps as the sun came up like the image before you. I also thought of the feeling of victory, and the clouds are indeed in the shape of a “V.”
I am happy to share this photograph as my February Photo Of The Month.
T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.