"Maria blows the stars around
And sends the clouds a-flyin' ..."
                        -- They Call the Wind Maria, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Above the racing wind-blown clouds, the stars shine on. At the center is the North Star, Polaris, and up from it extends the Little Dipper in the constellation of Ursa Minor. The hills and yucca plants in the foreground are illuminated by a gibbous moon.

Location: Four Peaks Road, Arizona.
Date: April 12, 2001.
Time: 12:54 a.m. MST.
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod.
Film: Kodak Ektachrome E200 Professional slide (pushed one stop).
Focal length: 24 mm.
Aperture: f/2.8.
Exposure time: 3 minutes.
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000.

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