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A favourite photo of a landscape; from my collection.

Ripples, Gilbert AZ

Chocolate mousse?

Whipped buttercream icing?

Ripples of mud in a desert wash after a flood in Phoenix.

Or would you believe mud after a flood in what was usually a dry desert wash?

I’ll take Door #3, Alex.

 

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Vistas #2, Metro Phoenix

Two lessons for me in these landscape shots:

  • First, how indistinguishable the desert can be from the prairies, when I find the right place to stand.
  • Second, how important it is to take the picture when I see it: This new-to-me bloom of algae at my favourite bird-watching ponds was here today, gone tomorrow.
Grass fronds against cumulus clouds

Pond grasses against sky, Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler AZ

 

Lime green and brown swirls of algae.

Algae on water treatment pond, Gilbert Water Ranch.

 

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Vistas #1, Metro Phoenix

I don’t take many landscape shots, being drawn more to the small surprises, perhaps.  Well, and big bridges.

But sometimes the composition is right there for the taking.

Neither of these is an exotic or picturesque location in the usual sense; both are sometimes striking indeed.

 

Brush and reflection in foreground; mountains in background

San Tan Mountains viewed from Veterans Oasis Park, Chandler AZ

 

Tan sand and brush in foreground, white clouds and blue sky above.

Waste land adjacent to water treatment ponds, Gilbert AZ

 

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Beach Views, Vancouver BC

With the Fraser River, False Creek, English Bay, Burrard Inlet, and Horseshoe Bay (just off the top),Vancouver has lots of places to walk along the water.  Big water, much of it.

That variety offers lots of chances to try out new ways of looking at it all.  Here are two such, from a walk at Spanish Banks Beach .

White and black granite rock with green ribbon of seaweed.

View along driftwood log on rocky beach with inlet and mountains in background.

 

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Don’t Fence Me Out

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don’t fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breezes
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in.
– Robert Fletcher & Cole Porter

In today’s world, even in the wide open country that I love, being fenced out seems to be a bigger challenge than being fenced in.

Chain-link fence in foreground; desert in background.

Southern Arizona

 

Rusty fence in foregroun; copper pit in background.

Bisbee AZ

 

Chain-link fence with no trespassing sign

Bisbee AZ

 

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