A Powerful Image

I’m facinated with photographing power lines and poles. I love finding a series of lines that follow the natural flow of the land. Or a transmission tower against a blue morning sky. There’s something about the man-made vs nature aspect of electricity transmission that draws me to it.

That’s why I was happy to find another “powerful” subject on a hike I took over the weekend. This is a perfect example of what I’m talking about here. Unfortunately, I still haven’t found anyone else who shares my curiosity on the topic.

Finding Color in the Desert

I went out for a hike in a desert area to visit a lone tree where migratory bluebirds come to feed on the berries each year. I was either too early or too late because there were no bluebirds. So I decided to turn the hike into a desert color photo walk. I was also trying to get a good picture for my 30 day photo challenge and this was the perfect opportunity.

The tree

When you first look out onto most desert landscapes you might be tempted to assume it’s just a brown, arid, lifeless scene. Nothing could be further from the truth. Once you learn to observe the desert closely you’ll see that it is teaming with life and is full of color. Sometimes it takes being still and waiting for your ears to acclimate to the sounds and your eyes to the shapes and colors the desert provides.

I hadn’t eaten much for breakfast since I was trying to get out to the tree while the sun was just coming up. I realized that I was getting pretty hungry and should probably get back home soon.  But now that I was out looking for colorful subjects and finding them at every turn, I just couldn’t break away. I was having too much fun and it was so peaceful being the only person in sight.

I spent about two hours walking the hills and trying to avoid getting skewered by cactus needles. I came away with over 160 photographs. I knew I was going to like a lot of them. After I brought them home to look at on the computer screen I realized I liked too many of them. How in the world would I be able to choose one for the photo challenge. In the end I did choose one although it’s hard to say any one of them is a favorite. You can see it at my Photo Challenge Day 5 post.

Here are a few of the photos from the day. The rest can be seen on my Flickr page.