There is a visual trick that your eyes can play on you, in which you look at a large distant object looming over a scene and make it look even larger and closer than it is. It is something I need to watch out for when shooting landscapes, because the resulting photo does not look nearly as interesting as the eyes made it appear.
That was the case here, and I must admit I restarted to some trickery to present this scene as I saw it. This is Dead Horse Point in the Utah state park of the same name, with an artificially enlarged moon. I usually eschew this sort of manipulation, and am generally opposed to it, but I could not resist doing so here. I have been playing with this image on and off for over a year, trying to get something that was as interesting as what I saw, but it never worked. The funny thing is, now that I’ve done it I’m happier with the original. Maybe I’ll show it later this week.