I was excited to share some more sunset images from Joshua Tree National Park, that was until last night’s sunset – without a doubt, one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen in the desert! I photographed like mad in every direction, the light was absolutely fantastic. This is pretty much straight out of the camera with a 3 stop graduated neutral density filter.
Now I must confess, I tend to be an easy going person who doesn’t handle confrontation well. Truthfully, I usually do what I can to avoid confrontation, probably to a fault.
I say that to help set the stage for what happened next. As I photographed from this amazing location, a women with a small child pulled up in her large, black SUV and began changing her child’s diaper. Somehow I knew what was going to happen next. I watched her walk across the parking lot with her child and diaper – by the way, the LCD screen on the back of the camera makes a great rear view mirror, I use it all the time. Anyway, she appears to look for a trash can, and then tosses the diaper over the decorative wall that surrounded the parking area!
I think she may have known I saw her because she stalled for a long time before returning to her vehicle, at which time I asked if she intended to leave that diaper behind. She said, “what diaper?”, I said “the one you dropped over the wall”. She claimed to not know what I was talking about. I then as nicely as possible told her that I couldn’t believe anyone could do such a thing in such a beautiful place, that I found it very disappointing. She looked at me but didn’t respond, so I turned back to the sunset, all the while watching her in my “rear view mirror”.
Well, she put her child in the vehicle, walked across the parking lot, climbed over the wall and picked up the trash and put it in her vehicle. I thanked her, and told her I really appreciated it – and sure felt a lot better about speaking up.