Before I left I did weeks of research into not only location, techniques and the metal sculpted desert inhabitants, but lots of research also went in to the living, breathing ones we may encounter as well. It was on my mind constantly, the thought of an encounter with a rattlesnake. That is, until you are several hours in to the creative process, checking and sharing camera settings, light painting the serpent sculpture with a flashlight, and setting up a large LED. It is right around this point, when you forget all you researched and are in the creative moment that you hear a rattle under your feet in the complete darkness. This is an experience I will never forget, just like the experience of seeing and photographing the sculptures of Galletta Meadows by artist Ricardo Breceda – Metal Sculptor scattered throughout the beautiful desert in Borrego Springs, CA. I can’t wait to go back, but this time I will remember to take just as much care throughout the experience with where I am and what I’m around than I do light painting and checking my composition.