Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Landscapes

Amy at “The World Is A Book” has invited the Lens-Artists to share Landscapes this week, and has given us absolutely stunning examples from her own albums.
This is my favorite photographic subject.

When I was just 10 years old, I got my first camera – a Kodak Brownie Starmite – so that I could take pictures on our family vacation to Hawaii.  I had seen mountains for the first time just two years prior on a family vacation to visit cousins in Colorado, and felt engulfed by a deep awe. I wanted to take the scenery home with me to Illinois, but had no camera then. I soaked in every vista, eyes and arms wide open. I was so excited to be able to take my own photos when I got to Hawaii.

I remember feeling a crushing disappointment when I discovered that the little printed picture didn’t quite take in all that I wanted to fill it. I still feel that way, but it hasn’t stopped me from trying.

What do I love about landscapes? Long views give me a sense of freedom, a sense of the vast beauty of the world. 

When I was a kid, my parents took me to the Field Museum in Chicago to watch travelogue presentations. I would emerge from the hall bounding like a gazelle. I loved the open spaces filled with natural wonders, like an alpine meadow of wildflowers begging me to run through them.There is nothing as exhilarating to me as a panoramic view of Earth.

It’s so difficult to get all that BIGNESS into a two dimensional frame. 

I wish I had a lens that could do it justice. 

There’s that “pinch me, I can’t believe I’m here” excitement of actually feeling the space around you in a beautifully large setting that’s impossible to get into a photo. 

But I keep trying because I don’t want to let go of that feeling…ever. 

I think I want my soul to be a huge landscape. 

21 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Landscapes

  1. So gorgeous, images and words.I’m a little envious of your wide open spaces,I think I would love to live somewhere this wide..

    • I am truly fortunate to have space around me, and huge swaths of it even further West. But with privilege comes responsibility. I want to be aware of what I can do to help it stay wild and free.

      • Well that’s a wonderful aim – so much of the open land around here is being built on, and so much of it without a care for the landscape and everything that lives within it..it breaks my heart – we all need wild spaces so badly.

      • I work for a land trust, a conservation foundation. The mission is to buy land outright or legally protect through other means so that it won’t be developed. It’s a non-profit, non-government operation; the land trust movement has been able to protect a lot of smaller bits that government programs wouldn’t be interested…but every little bit adds up.

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