• Lunar Landscapes •
The Shore of the Ancient Sea
The expedition was fairly uncertain of what awaited them on the lunar surface below, if the terrain would be welcoming or even habitable in the long-term. Most early reconnaissance attempts had been foiled due to unfavorable weather patterns which had interfered with the signal relays between the aerial drones and their station overhead. In short, their working information on certain surface features was spotty, but time was a factor now more than ever. One delay after another, of either the bureaucratic or environmental variety, had prolonged the duration of what was intended to be a brief preliminary excursion to determine whether the moon in question would serve as an adequate staging point for further long-range missions. Certain criteria had to be met, and so at last, with their remaining supplies affording them only a single foray below, the small team ventured to the surface to make their final assessments.
Antiquated data from a much earlier ranging by a now long-disbanded troop of explorers indicated that their landing coordinates would place them right at the shore of an ancient sea which had once covered much of the moon's surface. Hopeful that moisture was still lurking below the ground, thus rendering the lunar body an acceptable staging point, they decided to make the one trip they could afford to this precise location and hope against hope that they found what they were looking for.
Light was breaking over the horizon as they made their approach. The landscape that greeted them was one that had not known water, much less the roiling and frothy motion of an expansive sea, for eons now... With bated breath, the team made one final low pass before coming to rest on an elevated portion which overlooked the cracked and arid topography of the ancient sea bed.
Sony a7ii | 50mm f/1.4
VSCO X | Kodak Portra 160