• Stop sign facing the dirt road.
  • Where the paved road twists sharply to the left.

The Road Ahead

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The road leading to Valley of Fire state park in Nevada. See the map for exact location.

If you look carefully at the large picture size, you can see the road twists to the right, immediately before the point where it appears to become a dirt road. The extension of this road into dirt is a an optical illusion caused by the way a telephoto lens "compresses" distant scenery. Just at the pavement / dirt crossover point, you can see a stop sign. Pass your mouse over the image to see notes pointing these out.

The focus point, also marked with a note, is near a bush close to the center of the picture. Beyond that, you can see ragged, out of focus haze. It was a hot day, over 100F, so heat haze arising over such a long distance is to be expected.

touringbiker-Joe, bridget_willard, and 37 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. kiskacsa 62 months ago | reply

    Great photo! I love this road and the colour as well!

  2. Baker Stass 45 months ago | reply

    WoW... I just love these scenes

  3. Michael Scott | scottphotographics.com 41 months ago | reply

    Like the rippling seen due to the dof!

  4. deus77 [on/off] 39 months ago | reply

    This is one of the best images ever!
    You deserve an award from...

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  5. music5one 37 months ago | reply

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  6. 1crzqbn 33 months ago | reply

    wonderful wide view, great leading line!

    enjoyed in views from the road

  7. BetoBra 31 months ago | reply

    So many roads I want to go in this world and a short life.

  8. TürkNikon 29 months ago | reply

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  9. simonetin 27 months ago | reply

    very good shot... best compliment!!!!

  10. Reckless Recording 23 months ago | reply

    I love this shot so much. The colors, the perspective, everything! Perfect picture.

  11. TheJudge310 22 months ago | reply

    I knew this was the south west! I looked at this shot and I said instantly "That's California!" Looks very similar to a road in Hinkley near Harper Dry Lake. Well I was close enough! Beautiful shot!

  12. prettylittlelife7 22 months ago | reply

    There's something about an empty desert road that I find hauntingly beautiful... Love it!

  13. lionsima 7 months ago | reply

    Great picture! Borrowed for my blog post www.hadasseviatar.com/personal-growth/starting-the-ebook-.... Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Camille.Miranda 5 months ago | reply

    Hello, this photo is really amazing! I wonder if you could give me permission to use it on my blog, I'm writing a thing about it.. Thank you!!

  15. RaymondLeggs 6 weeks ago | reply

    If you are so frequently in love
    If you prefer it all to me then my love
    You go down the longest road to nowhere
    You pull it apart and your just left there
    You go down the longest road to nowhere
    You pull it apart and your just left there.

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