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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2 Comments

  1. Laurna Tallman

    Splendid design features in both shots, Isabel, although I much prefer the colours, textures, and associations of the first photo. A strange illusion in the strong diagonal of the grasses makes one think the clouds must be moving in the opposite direction, although the logic of the wind direction contradicts the idea. It is mesmerizing for that reason, too.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – Many thanks. Those grasses are really tall, too, and have beautiful birds hiding amongst them, and standing in the water just beyond them, where they can’t be seen from shore. Tantalizing and disobliging at the same time.

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