The Navajo reservation and surrounding area can safely be compared to a third world country in many ways. Poverty is common. Many homes have no telephones, running water and even electricity. The nearby coal mine has an area open to the public for people to come and buy coal to heat their homes. Other reservation residents use wood pellets or plain old wood stoves for heat and cooking. This photo is of a woman loading up the back of a pick-up truck with wood, which she said would be about one month's supply for their home.
The weather was gloomy, but a bit of sun crept through and gave me some fairly nice, even lighting on her face and made exposure and color correcting of the image a breeze.