The usual view


This is my geography: a big sky and a long horizon and an absence of trees. It feels right to me. Hills and/or trees make me feel closed in, and that makes me nervous.

One summer night, in Durango, Colorado, we were staying in a cabin near a lake. A huge storm came up, with lots of wind and thunder and lightning. Generally that kind of weather is exciting, almost invigorating. But this particular night, I couldn’t relax. It wasn’t that the storm scared me so much as it left me feeling unsettled. Later, I realized that what bothered me about it was that with all those trees and mountains in the way, I didn’t know where the storm was. And that was what was making me feel so edgy.

That was when I started to understand that I am my geography.

And this? My usual view? I’d find it hard to give it up.

Pep, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

Posted on February 26, 2014, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Beautiful photograph!!!


  2. Interesting thoughts. I know that some people from the Prairies retire out to my area on the coast, with its trees and mountains. They can get awfully edgy, and some move home pretty quickly. It is not the same at all. Even with an ocean and wide endless horizons of water, it is still not the same.


    • It is interesting how much we are influenced by our geography. My mother grew up in hilly ranch land; she moved away when she was in her early 20s and lived on the high plains for the next 50 years. But she always missed the hills.


  3. Marcos Ferreiro



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