What a month. I am a lucky guy. I have no idea what in the world I did to deserve the honor, thrill and privilege that I received this month. I got to do something most serious photographers only dream of. I got paid to spend ALL of my time doing exactly what I love, in a place I respect, with people I enjoy and subjects I revere.

I had more spare time this year as a result of finishing my work at Skylum, so I decided to drive to Socorro, NM from my home in the Seattle area. I drove the “work truck,” that is, my 2019 RAM Rebel which I have converted into my photo mobile.

For many years, I have studied the work of Alfred Stieglitz. He was a very important character in the development of modern photography and modern art. Among his many accomplishments he owned galleries that gave Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin and Henri Matisse all got their first American exposure. He also mounted one of the first exhibitions of photos by Ansel Adams. He married painter, Georgia O’Keeffe and his nudes featuring her have sold for more than $1.4 million. 

This photo was made while I was standing at the crane pools. My tour group was facing the crane pools waiting for the cranes to begin to take off through the sunrise color. As is my typical practice, I took a look over my shoulder and saw the sun rising in a field of clouds that were golden in color. I advised my group to look both ways, but I am not sure anyone got this image but me. It was partly just luck. I noticed a few cranes flying through the scene and was fortunate to capture this moment.