Elementals: Earth

Challenge #20 in the "Breaking Glass" series. Hosted by CharlesB58.
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Elementals are magical beings made up of the basic elements of creation. For this challenge, put your creativity and PP skills to work producing an image which embodies the idea of an Earth Elemental.
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Mudpot
by Klarno
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A mudpot at Yellowstone NP. Fountain Paint Pots area.
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Submitted: Friday, 19th November, 2010 04:55 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 31st May, 2010
Focal length: 150 mm
Shutter speed: 1/200 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Notes: +1 EV for correct tonal representation according to the zone system of exposure. The camera was handheld. PP with two curves layers (one for precise white balance and one for contrast). Past that, it was all looking for that decisive moment.
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