Naturally

Vehicle tracks in slushy snow on a gravel road.

Sulphur Creek meets the Fremont River in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park just east of the Visitor Center. On this day sudden, heavy rains in the morning caused flash flooding over a wide area, calling the landscape to action. Cottonwoods were uprooted, scenic roads washed out, and tourists filled the Center with their bodies and anxious questions.

When I arrived hours later the Fremont still ran fast and red as it churned eastward, its water dense with sandstone silt. I employed a combination of processing plug-ins to render a vintage, slightly eroded effect to the picture, too, as it was appropriate to the mood I felt there, and to the idea of natural, timeless processes.

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