RESILIENT – IRONWOOD: WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

RESILIENT | WORDPRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE


Only one tree grows naturally in the great Sonoran desert that fills much of Arizona and continues down into Mexico. The dominant site throughout the desert is, of course, the huge Saguaro cacti.

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Now that they are protected, they are everywhere, including dominating well-tailored back and front yards of suburban homes in and around Phoenix. You can’t cut them down, so no matter how well you plan your garden, nothing prevents a cactus from decided to take root there.

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The ironwood is not a cactus, but a tree. It can live in the hottest, driest possible growing condition. It is the only tree that will survive in that environment without human intervention.

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An old, gnarled ironwood tree is a true symbol of the North American west. Resilient doesn’t cover it. This is ultimate survival.

I participate in WordPress' Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

ALONE IN THE ARIZONA DESERT

A Photo a Week Challenge: ONLY One

In this challenge, we are asked to share a picture or several with a single subject. This describes probably 40,000 pictures in my files, so the real problem for me is finding just a couple that are special and singular in every sense of the word.

There’s something lonely about the desert anyhow. Here are three pictures of single subject on a bright January day in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

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Lone set of wires travel through the desert

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One big saguaro cactus framed against the sky and mountains

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A lonely ironwood in the dry desert

ON THE HORIZON

A Photo a Week Challenge: Horizon


From Nancy Merrill comes a challenge:

In a new post, created for this challenge, share a photo or two of horizons. 


I do mostly landscapes … so … horizons are us. But which shall it be? So hard to choose!

It’s hard to beat the horizons under the big sky of the southwest. There’s just something about the vastness of the spaces and that great dome of sky that goes on forever.

Photo: Marilyn Armstrong

Photo: Marilyn Armstrong — Attean View, Jackman, Maine

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Photo: Garry Armstrong — Phoenix Mountains, Phoenix, Arizona

THROUGH LAYERS: BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY

Black & White Sunday: Layers


This is one of those prompts that I find complicated because it’s so simple. It mean so many things and can be interpreted in many ways. I love Paula’s photograph showing layers of history. Lacking layers of history, here are two photographs, the first from me, the second from Garry:

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Through the arch passing under Boston’s Statehouse


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Through the fence to the iron cowboy in Arizona

TRANSFORMATION: AFTER AND BEFORE

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: AFTER & BEFORE – BLACK & WHITE VS. COLOR

From Paula: 

Today’s theme is easy.

All you have to do is to show a photo that you took in colour and then converted into black and white. The theme is “after and before” so start with the after photo 🙂 


 

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This is my favorite because it was so disappointing in color. It required a fair bit of fiddling and filtering to render it effectively in black & white, but when I finally “got” it, it was what I wanted. Now, see the original. They don’t look like the same picture, but they are.

In addition to the change to black & white, the “after” shot is cropped tighter. More sky, less foreground. And a more widescreen presentation.

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I have at least 20 different original versions of this shot. I knew what I wanted. I had walked a considerable distance in the desert to get under the wires to get the angle. Having gotten there, I figured I should make sure that at least one picture came out the way I saw it in my head.

This is the only one I turned into black & white, but I may go back and see what I can do with some of the others.