Old Water Tank 2 – Upper Las Virgines Open Space Preserve
Old Water Tank 2 – Upper Las Virgines Open Space Preserve, Calabasas, California, USA
I was up by 5:00 am and at the trail head at 6:30, still dark and just before sunrise. I ambled up the trail trying not to step on any newborn cottontail bunnies. They were all over hustling for food before the coyotes woke up. I thought to myself that one tenth of them will make it, and the rest will become coyote breakfast. Isn’t nature wonderful? Well, not for cottontail bunnies I guess!
The last time I hiked at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, I made a capture I named “Corner Post on Hill” and also lined up some possible shots nearby for next time. All I had to do was find the first fork in the trail and go right. For some unknown reason, I decided to go left instead. I suppose the idea of seeing something new was too strong to ignore. After a while I came upon this old rusty water tank left over from the days when cattle grazed on these hills. When I noticed the nicely shaped live oak tree behind, I knew I had to have it.
Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/22.0, 1/20 sec., exposure index: -0.67, ISO 200, Exposure Program: Aperture Priority, capture: 2/19/2012, 8:20 am, Nikkor MC-20 remote cable, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Photoshop CS 5, HDR Pro