Standing tall and seeing to slither under the road from one side to the other is this amazing metal structure by artist Ricardo Beceda just outside Borrego Springs, CA. Before I left I did weeks of research into not only location, techniques and the metal sculpted desert inhabitants, but lots of research also went in to the living, breathing ones we may encounter as well. It was on my mind constantly, the thought of an encounter with a rattlesnake. That is, until you are several hours in to the creative process, checking and sharing camera settings, and light painting the serpent sculpture with a flashlight. It is right around this point, when you forget all you researched and are in the creative moment that you hear a rattle under your feet in the complete darkness. This is an experience I will never forget, just like the experience of seeing and photographing the sculptures of Galletta Meadows scattered throughout the beautiful desert. I can't wait to go back, but this time I will remember to take just as much care throughout the experience with where I am and what I'm around than I do light painting and checking my composition.
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