Posted in Americana, Close-Up & Macro, Colors, Flowers, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

STUDGATE

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Sorry, no scandal here—not yet, anyway—merely the well-worn tailgate of a Studebaker pickup, found at a garden nursery where it enjoys a second life as Found Art.

For flat objects like this, orienting the camera to guarantee sharp details across-the-board is fairly straightforward… when you focus carefully. Most subjects aren’t flat, of course, and present different choices. This time of year, flowers are my favorites; their abstract, whimsical qualities invite selective focus, as these roses did yesterday evening.

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You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. —Mark Twain

 

Posted in Close-Up & Macro, Colors, Flowers, Photography, spring, Weekly Photo Challenge

Glimpses

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Surrounded as we are by forest, wildlife, birds, and flowers, it’s our good fortune to witness many fleeting moments throughout the year, every year, each offering the spice of difference that makes it new again.

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Catching the right fleeting moment, with the right focus, is a very difficult thing to do. —Ren Ng
Posted in Landscape Photography, Photography, Southwest US, Weekly Photo Challenge

Harmony & Hope

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Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. —Anatole France

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The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. —Agnes Repplier

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Politicians wanted to mine the Grand Canyon for zinc and copper, and Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘No.’ —Douglas Brinkley
Posted in Landscape, Nevada, Photography, rocks, Southwest US, Weekly Photo Challenge

“Dee-lightful!”

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When you turn off Interstate 15, north of Las Vegas, and drive eastward to Valley of Fire State Park, you will at first wonder what all the fuss was about, the glowing reports you’ve heard of fantastic shapes and colors sprayed across the rocky landscape; as you start, the scenery is unrelentingly boring for mile upon mile. Browns, grays, and duller.

Don’t let that stretch of highway fool you. You’ll finally round a corner, about 25 miles out from the freeway, where your surprise will be sudden and complete. From there , it’s all unlimited discovery.

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We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so. —Theodore Roosevelt