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Cinder Cone National Landmark

I am standing on top on an old volcano, known as a cinder cone in the Cinder Cone National Natural Landmark inside the Mojave National Preserve.
This was one of the most amazing places I have been simply because it is unknown and hard to get to. There are no signs and I couldn't find any good pictures of the place when I did some research. A friend of mine told me about it so we went to check it out yesterday and we were amazed!
To get here you will need a truck or suv because of the roads. Once you get to the area there are over 40 cinder cones. To get to the top you will have to climb about 300-400 feet through loose lava rock. Its a hard climb but it is worth it once you reach the top.
Last night the clouds and light were perfect. The foreground on top on the cone is littered with giant pieces of lava rock with bright green moss. The mounds in the distance are more cinder cones. This is the only image I had time to edit last night but there will be more to come.


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Comment by carol heald on December 5, 2012 at 5:44am

wonderful light  and composition a beautiful image Chad and it was definitely worth the climb to get this shot

Comment by Jan Dubrava on November 26, 2012 at 4:49am

Chad, this is absolutely amazing photo, wonderful light, fantastic landscape! congrat :)

Comment by Iris Lott on November 11, 2012 at 3:51am

Great capture...thanks for sharing its description.  Love the sky.

Comment by Joe Bradley on November 10, 2012 at 10:05pm
Superb composition and light. and good info to go with it.
Comment by Joe Machuta on November 10, 2012 at 12:41pm

This is an amazing photo

Comment by maestro vecchio on November 10, 2012 at 8:24am
nicely done
Comment by Mark Duncan on November 10, 2012 at 5:21am

Nice work Chad!

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