As the sun was setting one evening behind the Chisos Mountains, I was photographing a field of wildflowers and ocotillo backlit so that they would really pop against a dark background.

I was having trouble keeping the glare under control and with the extreme contrast, but I knew there was a good photo in there somewhere. I finally noticed how the rays were starting to stream through the canyon and managed to get this shot.

Ocotillo and wildlflowers backlit by setting sun behind Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA.

Ocotillo and wildlflowers backlit by setting sun behind Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA.

Canon 1Dx. 116 mm. ISO 1000. f/[email protected]/200 second. EV +1.