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In The Beginning by Stephen Oachs
Monday, 17th November 2008

In The Beginning

by Stephen Oachs

This magnificent spectacle stands in solitude outside of Gerlach, Nevada, quietly marking the passing of time. Layer upon layer building skyward, this leaking geothermal well spews a steady stream of scalding, mineral-laden water. Fly Geyser began forming in 1964, and continues to grow several inches a year. This exotic and misty landscape was captured as the sun began its rise over the stark, hauntingly primitive Black Rock Desert. The luminescent sky, dramatically colored by an oncoming storm, infuses the scene with an other-worldly tone.
Equipment: Canon 1Ds Mark III
Stephen Oachs
Stephen W. Oachs is a successful entrepreneur, technology veteran and award-winning photographer. He began his journey in photography the moment he picked up his first SLR camera. Ever since, his lenses have focused on the inspiring majesty of mother earth and the unflinching beauty of the animal kingdom. Whether trekking through the wilds of Alaska, enduring the raw challenges of nature or experiencing the thrill of life on the edge, Stephen captures rare and breathtaking moments of light and time. His exceptional eye is filtered only by his passion for life, deep affinity with nature and love of adventure.

In The Beginning by Stephen Oachs was photo of the day on Monday, 17th November 2008. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.


17th November 2008 at 1:14 am

This is earth? This looks like something from the imagination! Quite incredible.

Charlene Fredman

17th November 2008 at 4:12 am

Incredible — I feel like I have witnessed another planet.


17th November 2008 at 4:52 am

Totally awesome!

17th November 2008 at 5:47 am

Yes, this IS earth — I went back in my time machine 3 billion years ago and captured this as sunrise. (sly grins)


17th November 2008 at 6:28 am

Stephen, wow second picture on earthshots within a weekamd you have many more to showcase. wonderful

Katherine Lee Strassburg

17th November 2008 at 6:40 am

Amazing photo–why have I never heard of this place? …yet another place to visit on my next road trip west. You never cease to amaze me–your website is a wonder (yes, I voted for your snow leopard) Please keep the POTD’s coming!


17th November 2008 at 7:10 am

The subject, the light The shutter speed et al. … all perfect!
Maybe just a bit more of the foreground and less of the sky. Otherwise its just breathtaking.
Thanks for bringing the existence of this exotic location to our knowledge.


17th November 2008 at 7:19 am

Its amazing..No words can describe the beauty. At first it seemed to me like an artificial photograph. Our earth is full of beauty.


17th November 2008 at 8:20 am

Awesome shot, you have to look twice to see what it is, a truly wonderful and different POTD. Congrats, loved the website too.


17th November 2008 at 8:50 am

This looks a Out Of World Experience..

Would be great, if for learners like me, everyone writes down the camera settings used. It would be of help :)

17th November 2008 at 8:51 am

Great shot indeed in this one of a kind place on earth. Very nice colors.


17th November 2008 at 8:53 am

Great capture, great colors, great place, great photographer :-)

17th November 2008 at 9:03 am

i love it,too!!!
very nice shot!

17th November 2008 at 9:04 am



17th November 2008 at 9:12 am

Very original shot. Definitely an alien landscape, it could be on Venus!

17th November 2008 at 9:49 am

This is a very cool picture; very atmospheric.

Keith C Towers

17th November 2008 at 9:59 am

Just finished watching Stephen Fry’s Trip through all 50 States of America on TV (I’m from the UK) and much of the country’s scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. You’d be hardpressed not to find a good picture to take. This one is a cracker.

17th November 2008 at 10:16 am

What an amazing image. Great capture and colours.

17th November 2008 at 10:33 am



17th November 2008 at 11:07 am

As the others said : it looks like a different planet. Earth is really surprising sometimes !

Jeannie Armstrong

17th November 2008 at 11:41 am


17th November 2008 at 2:49 pm

Appropriate “Earth Shot” for sure, to remind us what we have.
Amazing sunrise !

planet lover

17th November 2008 at 2:50 pm

Congratulations on a magnificent picture. I’ll be planning a trip there next year. Thank you!!!!

17th November 2008 at 4:38 pm

A future Yellowstone forming?


17th November 2008 at 4:39 pm

Wow excellent photo Stephen, it just memorizes me! :)

Chris Reardon

17th November 2008 at 6:38 pm

Geeeezzzzzz. That is awesome.

17th November 2008 at 6:48 pm

Thank you everyone! I want to be sure everyone knows (who wants to visit) that this place is on private property and requires permission to access. Please be respectful, and careful, as this whole area is surrounded by geothermal waters that are VERY hot.

17th November 2008 at 7:26 pm

Superb, thanks for showing us this great spot!


18th November 2008 at 6:55 am

Very beautiful, unique, and educational.
I love the title…
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

18th November 2008 at 2:51 pm

this is amazing!!
looks like a different planet…its beautiful :)

Sue Gagnon

18th November 2008 at 3:04 pm

This looks like a scene from DUNE. When I first saw it, it was my fist impression. Either way, what a shot! Very interesting and compelling.


20th November 2008 at 5:26 pm

Simply stunning

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4th October 2009 at 1:31 am

That sky is worth it.


17th November 2009 at 10:12 am

This is another incredible shot, what an artist.

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17th November 2009 at 3:17 pm

Your shots look like they came right out of a book! :)

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