Sunday, April 16, 2023

Cloud Cover, Edition One

Sinclair, Wyoming the home of Sinclair Oil as seen on the way to the Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Powell just east of Cody.

Dusk in Cow Springs, AZ hence the title Cow Springs Sundown.

Book Cliffs, Gunnison, CO. This scene lured me off I-70 where found a vantage point on a knoll above the interstate for this dramatic shot which is as much about the clouds as the the cliffs.

Early morning in the withering village called Keeler, CA. The high Sierra loom among the brooding clouds in the distance.

Welcome. We're Closed. What's left of Rice ghost town between the Colorado River and 29 Palms, California.

After throwing up my hands last Sunday and settling for lesser prey, namely five photographs that I happened to like, I revisited the grander targets Unforgettable and A Golden State of Mind. I remain dazed and confused by both but in the winnowing process I settled on a more accessible theme that I’ll call Cloud Cover. That’s because evocative clouds play a prominent role in just about all my favorite landscapes. Clouds and the landscape, it must be granted, have been and will always be life partners in the captivating world of landscape photography. Besides I can squeeze 113 more posts out of that tidy category. I’ll leave the illusive May-June Shadow and Light article to its own devices. I’ll reach for that shiny bauble at the last possible moment, the night before it’s due on May 1.

1 comment:

Blacks Crossing said...

Your quintessential black and whites kept you in good stead in today's blog. The Book Cliffs near Gunnison, Colorado has always been one of my favorites, but the Desolation Avenue image in Keeler, California, and Welcome We're Closed between the Colorado River and 29 Palms reflect the massive desert territory that gave rise to "driving and drinking and drinking and driving" highlighted in the book by Tom Wolfe The Right Stuff. Test pilots knew that vast expanse better than almost anyone and used it to drive fast cars and fly planes that broke the sound barrier. Glad you found this grouping during your curation for A Golden State of Mind. Muchas gracias, Amigo!