In Oct 2015, I posted two photos showing the challenge that power lines can be for the casual photographer. Well, OK, the challenge for me. Sometimes I just fail to see them. Sometimes I see them all too clearly, but there’s just no place to stand to get a photo of a beautiful vista that doesn’t include the power line running through it. I even thought about starting a photo blog — A Power Line Runs Through It — a little riff on A River Runs Through It.
Here’s where I admit that I never read the eponymous Pulitzer Prize candidate, and can’t remember much about the film, but I did really enjoy a natural sciences book about the Grand Canyon that I read more than 20 years ago. For some reason, I conflated that book with the River-Runs-Through-It title. The book, sadly, is out of print, and my best search techniques did not turn up even a hint of it, so I have no idea what its title really was.
Anyway. A Power Line Runs Through It — the blog — never came to a corner of the internet near you, at least not sponsored by me. But I have continued to note beautiful and yet unphotographable-sans-drone vistas. There are many such on the Apache Trail: a narrow, twisty road from Phoenix to Tortilla Flat, thence to Fish Creek Lookout, and from there to Roosevelt Dam on an unpaved, steeper, and even narrower track. On the segments I’ve been on, there are almost no pullouts but there are lots of power lines. Maybe that’s because the area is downstream of Theodore Roosevelt Dam.
On this latest trip, I decided to make lemonade. Herewith, the power lines of Fish Creek Lookout. If only there weren’t those distracting vistas in some of the backgrounds . . .