it was the first in another stage of what has already been many trips down the road to and from an old place to a new one and back again and now the old is new and the new is old and desire is pulled in its different directions while the things that are passing are indeed passing and mostly without notice because they are not seen in their many familiarities, the eyes are on the road and the surrounding mountains and clouds in order to make it from one point to another and all the things in between are scant registers on a mental screen that has been focused toward what is within and not without…

dried grasses and cacti

the shadowed and purpled mountains didn’t register inside the lens as they did in my mind and it was only with disappointment that I stared at the screen with its muted hues and wondered at beauty and desire and hope, I had looked closer in another direction, through the side window, actually, beyond the bug-splatter on the forward windscreen and the highway railing and yellow lines and fractured glass and butts along the shoulder and it didn’t just come to me then, I had to seek it out, intentionally

11 responses

  1. . . . sounds like work . . .

    March 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

  2. This is a beautiful shot. Sometimes our expectations get in the way of appreciating what we’re seeing.

    March 18, 2014 at 9:57 am

  3. Very nice indeed Scott!

    March 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

  4. Scott, the images don’t open and the main link in the email didn’t work. What? Others seem to be able to open the images. 🙂

    March 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  5. I did get the image to open. You are right. We see what we expect to see in our haste to move forward, always forward. This is a wonderful image.

    March 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  6. sigh… wishing you some measure of peace and contentment. You still have the ability to find the beauty. Perhaps just have to work at it a bit more.

    March 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  7. Liana


    March 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  8. Beautiful expression of a world passing us by as we live cocooned in our own concerns…..focused on what is within and not without… is a preoccupied dream state…….and then you confront us with this reality…..with all it’s gorgeous complexity…..with light, shimmering on grasses…..that sort of brings you up short…….wow…

    It’s like a wake up call…….get out and experience it while you can.
    Thanks Scot.

    March 19, 2014 at 6:05 am

  9. I love the picture of the passed-by side of the road….capturing the passed-by, the things “passing and mostly without notice because they are not seen in their many familiarities”… remembering to stop and really look….beautiful…

    March 19, 2014 at 6:36 am

  10. Scott, once again your shots are awesome and so is your blog…keep up the great work. Kat

    March 19, 2014 at 6:59 pm

  11. I find this to be just gorgeous, Scott. A beautiful composition, delicate tones and light. Perfect.

    April 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

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