A couple of years ago, someone sent me a photo of herself standing nude on the coolest rock ever, with almost nothing behind her but the bluest sky cut in half by stunning purple clouds, lit by the setting sun. It was the most jaw-dropping nude I’d ever seen, bar none. Of course I was probably a little bit biased by the fact I had fallen desperately and hopelessly in love with her, I’ll grant that much.
Nevertheless, at the time, I was entranced by that photo, and enchanted by its subject, and half-jokingly promised I’d someday go find that rock and do that exact pose on that exact rock for her.
The Making Lemonade Road Tour had to come through Arizona, more or less, but it didn’t necessarily have to come to Mount Lemmon. I came to Mount Lemmon specifically to fulfill that promise, even though we’re not together anymore.
I asked her in February where the rock was, and though she gave the general area in which she’d camped on her own epic road trip, she couldn’t remember exactly where the rock was, or even if it was near the campsite, and told me I’d probably never find it.
Mount Lemmon and the surrounding Sky Islands are huge, and there about a metric bajillion places that rock could have been. But I was going to at least make an effort.
I was pretty much laid up most of yesterday, but decided in the afternoon I felt like a little walk to stretch my legs, and maybe stop the cramping and numbness a little.
It took me five minutes, along an easy walk from where I’d pitched my tent, to find it. I know her well, it seems. I lined up the shot to match the angle and the perspective, then had to wait a few hours to get the angle of the sun and shadows about right. Looking at this shot and that one, side by side, I think I set up the camera about a half a meter too far to the left, but it would take a really close examination of both photos to tell. My elbows are a bit too wide. And she had better clouds, but there’s not much I can do about that. I’ll call it close enough.
Promise fulfilled. I hope someday she sees this and smiles.
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