“I am interested in the way that we look at a given landscape and take possession of it in our blood and brain. None of us lives apart from the land entirely; such an isolation is unimaginable.” N. Scott Momaday
For many years now, I have retreated to Nature for an extended visit at least once a year. The destinations are varied, but they all have something in common: vast open spaces. Whether I am at the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park or some local country road, the landscape sets the stage for wonder and solitude as well as awareness and reflection. Each landscape—although different—suggests a sense of freedom and adventure inherent in the open road.
Although I have traveled a bit in Europe and Mexico, most of my travels are across the good old United States of America. As I travel across these vast vistas, I cannot help but think of the native peoples and early pioneers who crossed these same expanses without benefit of car and rest stops. Such strength and courage. Such determination and perseverance. Such hope for the future and sense of adventure. These traits—a lingering part of the American spirit—are evident for me in the open vistas from these panoramic photos of various scenes from across America.
This post is my second response to the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Landscapes.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
Some General Vistas
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QUOTES ABOUT LANDSCAPES
“The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere—in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. No one would desire not to be beautiful. When we experience the beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming.” John O’Donohue
“There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.” Josephine Hart
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment.” Ansel Adams
“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” Charles Lindbergh
“You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light. You have to go through the twilight into the broadening day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape.” Woodrow Wilson
“The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality and I’m searching for just the right angles to make that portrait come across as meaningfully as possible.” Galen Rowell
“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” Andrew Wyeth
“I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.” Galen Rowell
“Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.” Henri Frederic Amiel
“Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape.” Janet Fitch
“I can go into the wilderness and not see anyone for days and experience a kind of space that hasn’t changed for tens of thousands of years. Having that experience was necessary to my perception of how photography can look at the changes humanity has brought about in the landscape. My work does become a kind of lament.” Edward Burtynsky