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Gallery 6-1 - Unusual Images and Wonderful Art

    Sometimes a scene recommends itself for special and unusual treatment.  With most of our work, we strive for exceptional beauty or an exceptional mood that enhances the meaning of the image.  Still, sometimes an image evokes the need to leap beyond the usual constraints into abstract art and unusual visions of reality.  These scenes are always real, sometimes hyper-real. and they have been taken to the level of a dream.  We've been very sparing in this gallery.  Dreams are the hardest images to capture and we've selected only the best.  Take a deep breath, and then take a close look.   Later, be sure and check our other galleries as well; they overlap a little.

    For your convenience, we've placed only a few images on each page of this gallery.  When you are ready, go to page 2 or 3 of this Gallery, or use the tags at the top to view other galleries on our site and place your order.

Bird in the Bush        

Bird in the Bush 

  Bird in the Bush© is a bright red Arizona cardinal sitting carefully monitoring his surroundings in an ironwood tree.  In this season he is hoping to spot a tasty bug, but he is also willing to feast on any seeds that are left over from the fall.  Meanwhile his mate waits for him in a nearby bush.   

 

Blue Dog Saloon

Blue Dog Saloon

Blue Dog Saloon©.  The name of the ghost town is the improbable “Cowtown Keelocko,” a little place built primarily from found odds and ends.  Nestled in the Sonoran Desert between Three Points and Kitt Peak, Keelocko was intentionally built as an old western ghost town.  The town seems to have been largely abandoned and passes the test well. 

 

Bossie

Bossie  

 Bossie©.  Midway up the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson is an abandoned cowboy’s shack.  There is still a little open range up here, and Bossie stops by from time to time to be sure that the old place is still in good shape.  When she is satisfied, she’ll be on her way checking out the rest of the spread.

 


By the Barrel

By the Barrel

By the Barrel©.  It’s a warm day when you come across this barrel cactus, seemingly growing straight out of the rock bordering a small wash.  Here it stands shimmering in the heat of the day, but ready to take advantage of the coming monsoon rains.  The green foliage below hides a depression where the water will collect, rewarding the barrel’s foresight.


Capistrano 

  Capistrano© is one of California’s best preserved old Spanish missions.  Looking here, from a small courtyard, you can see one of the original mission bells that called the settlers and Indians to services, and a chapel cross comforting them.  Part of the old brick is exposed in the adobe wall.  The cactus seems likely to be of more recent origin.

 

    

Desert Blooms

   Desert Blooms© is a spring Sonoran Desert scene, with the orange ocotillo (and dove), fiery prickly pear, pink trichocereus and yellow-flowered palo verdes all blooming simultaneously.  The cholla  and giant saguaro are yet to bloom.  The scene is Tucson area, but we won’t tell you exactly where.  This is where we go for renewal on a sunny spring day.  

 
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