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In the desert by DragonWolfACe In the desert by DragonWolfACe
A BNSF stack train with 4 GE motors leads SPLCOIG into Winona, Arizona. In another mile the train will encounter pine trees and vegetation. A huge difference than what lies east of the train.

Directly above the lead unit towards the top of the frame you will note a light. That is another westbound following this train. That train is over 6 miles away and this was with limited visibility.
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TTM77 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
how did you manage to take this shot? on a mountain or some tower?
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A bluff...that I kind of think is cursed.
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Amazing! :wow: Great photo you have there! :D
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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acela Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Great shot man! Love the dust haze effect and the approach of shooting at the horizon for vastness.

But, eheh... as a stickler for Geography (with a college degree in it for backup) and a resident of California, I feel obligated to inform you that this is not the Mojave Desert. The Mojave is largely within California state lines, with the other large part in Nevada. It DOES extend a bit into AZ, but not as far east as Winona. [link]

If you want true Mojave Desert shots, places like Barstow, Kingman, and Cajon Pass will do (as well as Soledad Pass and the western lead-in junction to the Tehachapi Loop Complex).

The closest desert to Winona is the Painted Desert, and the area for this shot likely shares the same soil content, but it's more likely to be described on biome maps as Forest, Woodlands, or a transition zone between the two ([link]). At best, I think you can still call this region "Arizona High Desert"; having been in Flagstaff and the surrounding area myself, it DOES feel like one quite often.

You don't have to change the title if you don't want to, though.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info! I actually thought the Mojave was the entire desert in the southwest!
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acela Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
You're welcome! The Southwest is made up of multiple deserts. Sonoran, Mojave, Colorado, Painted... those are the big ones. There's also a handful of other minor deserts.

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I think that will help you understand it more!
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool shot, fella!
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Is the haze smoke, dust or both?
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