The Basin at Sunset by Tom Chesnut
© 2011 Tom Chesnut

    • Title: The Basin at Sunset
    • Artist: Tom Chesnut
    • From: Sand Lake, NY USA

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      Sand Lake, NY 12153, USA

    Artist Statement

    "The valley below my vantage point in this image is the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming, about 3,500 feet below where I was standing on the western escarpment of the Bighorn Mountains. The escarpment drops off like a rock here; the first time I drove west from the mountains to the basin, it seemed like the road disappeared in front of me.

    "The Bighorn Basin is a high altitude sagebrush desert between 4,500 to 5,500 feet in elevation, 70 miles wide, between the Bighorns and the Absarokas, with only one town of 50 residents. The Absarokas are the mountains on the east side of Yellowstone National Park. Most tourists drive through the basin on their way to the park and miss the beauty of the place.

    "To me, the basin is one of the most fascinating places in Wyoming. At first glance, it seems barren. The Bighorn Basin is full of life, however. Wild horses, pronghorns, jackrabbits, wild flowers when it rains, and the most colorful rock formations decorate it. One day, I will camp in the middle of it and shoot the sunrise!"