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The Brooding Black Knight

The Brooding Figure

There are photos you plan, research, and refine; then there are ones you fall into and just say “wow”! This one is the latter. In fact had I not turned around while hiking to another interesting formation I probably would not have seen it at all. I am so grateful I did! Actually, I capture this outcropping, that I have affectionately called the “Brooding Black Knight” earlier so I thought I was done.

Normally I don’t look for figures or animals in rock faces or trees, but I couldn’t help but think the central rock formation in the picture looked like a black knight chess piece, or the profile of a Skeksis from the movie The Dark Crystal. Along with that, the texture and contours of the surrounding sandstone, and even the clouds, gave this whole scene an ominous feel like a scene from a Conan movie, the earlier mention Dark Crystal, or some other 80’s fantasy movie.

Close up of the “Black Knight” (or “Skeksis”)

The deserts of the Southwestern US have some of the most fascinating and unique features I have ever seen. It’s one of the reason I keep going back to visit all the obscure nooks of it. I am proud to have been able to witness this one in person.

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New Addition to the Etsy Shop

Not only have I added The Brooding Black Knight to my Etsy shop as a print, but it’s also part of a brand-new Panoramic Landscape Bookmark 5-Pack. Five of my most popular panoramic photos as 2 x 7 inch bookmarks. I know not everyone has room in their budget or wall for panoramic prints so I have long been wanting a way for customers to enjoy them in other formats. Like this year’s calendar that I announced last week, these are great gift ideas for the holidays. They’re perfect as stocking stuffers! And if you purchase both the calendar and the bookmark bundle together you can get Free Shipping (in the US).

And as always if you have any questions about purchasing, whether it’s prints, bookmarks, calendars, or custom work feel free to reach out to me through my website contact form, or through the messaging service on Etsy.

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