Horse With No Name

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UploadedJanuary 17, 2010
TakenSeptember 14, 2009
ModelCanon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Exposure1/250 sec at f/11
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length24 mm
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Serious ultra-marathons runners know of the Badwater 135mile race that is held each year from Death Valley to Mount Whitney Calif. Temperatures can reach 135 degrees on the course through valleys and mountains. I think anyone who can run a 1 mile in that heat is amazing…let alone run 135 miles.

This image reminds me of Horse With No Name by America, following are the lyrics.

On the first part of the journey
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds
and rocks and things.
There was sand and hills and rings.

The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
and a sky with no clouds.
The heat was hot
and the ground was dry
but the air was full of sound.


I've been through the desert
on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert,
you can't remember your name
'cause there ain't noone
for to give you no pain.

La la... la lalala la lala la... la.. la.
la la... la lalala la lala la... la.. la.

After two days in the desert sun
my skin began to turn red.
After three days in the desert sun
I was looking at a river bed.
And the story it told of a river that flowed
made me sad to think it was dead.

After nine days, I let the horse run free
'cause the desert had turned to sea.
There were plants and birds
and rocks and things.
There was sand and hills and rings.
The ocean is a desert
with its life underground
and a perfect disguise above.
Under the city
lies a heart made of ground
but the humans will give no love.

12 responses

  • Emma Trottier

    Emma Trottier (Deleted) gave props (17 Jan 2010):

    beautiful shot!

  • Filip Molcan

    Filip Molcan said (17 Jan 2010):

    great perspective

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (17 Jan 2010):

    Awesome POV and capture

  • Dana S

    Dana S gave props (25 Mar 2010):

    Awesome song and awesome shot!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (26 Mar 2010):

    What a great pov again...I really like the colors in this one...the winding road, and the sky with its clouds...

  • James Mitchell

    James Mitchell said (8 Apr 2010):

    Stunning composition. Very well done.

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Like the shot, the song,...voted,....where was it shot?

  • Melissa Olsen

    Melissa Olsen   said (9 Apr 2010):

    Thanks all and John thanks for was taken in the Badlands in Death Valley and believe you me...when they say the desert is hot...that is an understatement!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (4 May 2010):

    Fabulous shot!! My vote!

  • Chris Preedy

    Chris Preedy (Deleted) said (21 May 2010):

    Supern shot. VOted

  • antonio chiumenti

    antonio chiumenti gave props (5 Nov 2012):

    everything perfect, from the title on...and where is this place?

  • antonio chiumenti

    antonio chiumenti said (5 Nov 2012):

    i read, death valley of course; one of the most photogenic places in the world, i think.

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