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Spike

One thing – OK, maybe it is the main thing – that I like about the desert is the way everything’s spiky. It’s like it doesn’t really care if you visit or not, but if you do, it’ll be on the desert’s terms and not yours. No soft grass to lie in or any of that sort of thing. I mean, even the fence sections are pointed…

Shafter, Texas
photographed 11.4.2017

Falls & Fence

My challenge always is, when I’m in a place that’s been photographed a lot, is to find a different angle. Sometimes I’m successful, and other times I’m not…

Palouse Falls State Park, Washington
photographed 9.2.2020

Heart-wire fence

The forecast was for snow, and I was looking forward to seeing this part of the state under a thin white layer. The idea of it fit the vision in my head images I wanted to bring back from a quick trip to the northern part of the Texas Panhandle.

There wasn’t any snow, not even the tiniest flake. But the next best thing – fog! – hung around all day long, giving me lots of chances to make gloomy images in the fragile light, like this vaguely heart-shaped wire holding together a fence.

Gray County, Texas
photographed 12.27.2019

There’s no way the fence will win

That fence is giving a good try, keeping the forest at bay. But I think we all know the forest has the upper hand here and will eventually win.

Toimi, Minnesota
photographed 9.26.2019

Blurry crosses of Chimayó

The walk from the parking area up to the sacred church has a chain link fence on one side where people leave crosses and other items woven into the wire. On my most recent visit, as I stood looking at the artifacts and to the building beyond, I let me eyes focus on the distance, which blurred the fence and its contents. And I made a photo.

Later, the blurry crosses and the diamonds of the fence started to make me think of women’s hats, that kind with the dotted-net veil, and this scene started to feel like what the world would look like from behind a hat veil.

I know. None of this makes any sense: welcome to the way my mind wanders around.

El santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

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