While exploring Southern Utah, outside of Hanksville, there's an area known as the “Mars Desert Research Station” because it has one of the 4 planned simulated Mars surface exploration habitats. I guess a bunch of science-y guys decided that this area looked a lot like Mars and it would be fun to pretend they were out there, do a bunch of experiments, and practice for a mission to Mars one day.
Willie and I spent the night trying to sleep in my tent, despite heavy winds trying to blow us off the mesa we had perched at. After getting whacked in the face for the 400th time by the tent flapping in the wind, I gave up and got a few hours of sleep. That is, until I woke up at 3am to Willie screaming “Meyers! Help!” The tent was blowing away with him in it. After a quick rescue, we disassembled the tent and spent the rest of the night sleeping in the car. David showed up in the morning.
During the morning this area is bathed in interesting light. It changes super quickly to boot! As the sun rises it casts a blue-purple glow to the entire scene. Then as the sun peaks over the horizon everything becomes orange, red, shadows creep in, and the landscape completely changes. I enjoyed this purple-blue moment.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f2/.8:
80mm, f/11, 1.0 sec, ISO 250
From For Flickr