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Tourists in the Botanical Garden of Curitiba
Misty morning
Burrowing Owl
A worm is believed flower
Trekking around Sapa villages
Swinging into the Rio Tanama
Kestrels fight
Purple hydrangea
Catharina in black II
Magic Mushrooms
Aurora borealis in the Yukon
Jedi Mind Tricks
My husband ice-fishing for Kokanee on Canim Lake
Venice of The East
Death at Lençois Maranhenses National Park
Heavy Freight
A Ferris Wheel in the late evening
Vic's Demise
Ice Crystals
Oceana of the Pryors
Shenandoah Valley
Strength in Numbers
Monk studying
13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Jedi Mind Tricks

Sierra waves are a unique type of lenticular cloud in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada created by high winds lifting off the mountain range. Dirtbags, the vernacular for traveling rock climbers, are also found in the Owens Valley, there to test themselves on the massive granite blocks outside of Bishop. By and by, we find the meeting of the two: clouds and climbers, sky and rock, and a spectacular vision of humans interacting with our expansive, stunning landscapes. In the fading light, climber Matt Segal ascends a particular house-sized, granite cube, the “Jedi Boulder,” located in a boulder field known Pollen Grains in the iconic Buttermilk area of Bishop. His route to the top is a single line of weakness on an otherwise smooth-as-glass face. This weakness, little more than a thin flake of rock, is known as “Jedi Mind Tricks."

This photo is a finalist in the Altered Images category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

TAGS: California, Climbing, United States

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Bishop, California, United States of America
Member since 2015
Photo of the Day: 04.02.16 Finalist
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© Jeff Deikis.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 01.2014
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Filed Under: Altered Images
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 24, 2015, 5:08 p.m.
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Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 28mm
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Aperture: f5.6
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PHOTO LOCATION Bishop, California, United States of America