27 Aug 13. Having spent a portion of the past two afternoons converting perhaps 3 cords of logs into splits for firewood, 2/3 of the way done, my brain kinda has trees as a theme, so I've selected a shot taken on our last trip to Craters of the Moon National Monument that I've had ready to go for quite a long time but which just never quite clicked. After contemplating it for a while, I realized that the reason it hadn't resonated prior was that it was just a bit too flat, having been converted to B&W from the original color. While it had nice contrast, it just didn't have sufficient detail. So, with the application of a couple of different detail enhancements, plus a bit of reworking of the B&W look, I came up with what I'm sharing for today. This was taken a day after a significant snowstorm had closed off most of the park, primarily because one particular ranger didn't know how to drive in snow, in the only area that was still accessible. I was walking around what was nothing more than a flat circular trail, when I came upon a section that offered some gradual sloping terrain covered in rocks, sage brush like plants, and drifts and pockets of wind blown snow, and some very interesting old trees. The sky was a dark blue, almost Navy blue, and accented with rows of white and gray clouds. It made for some nice color, but the B&W version gives you, I hope, a better "feel" for the temps and wind. A week prior it was in the 80s and very sunny, equally nice in its own way, but the snowy environment was much more to my liking. Nikon D300; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/250 sec @ f /16.