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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.

 

Around Back

Around Back

Around Back.  Throughout our region, there are old plazas, the remains of a Spanish southwest past.  Those are wonderful, but they often hide the real gems.  Around the back of the plazas is the area reserved for the relaxation of the local shop keepers and their families.  Take your time and enjoy the beauty.

 

Bird in the Flowers

Bird in the Flowers 

Bird in the Flowers© is surprising.  “Is that a real bird?”  Yes it is, teasing us and playing with the flowers while hoping that a little food will hop by.  We were enjoying the botanical garden just up the hill from Sydney’s Circular Quay when this little critter asked to be photographed.

 

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.


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.

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock.  You are a long way up in these mountains.  Take a breath and look around.  Now you can name the other ridge tops.  Let’s see, there is “Chimney Rock” to the left with it’s three openings at the top.  “Perilous” is to the right, looking like a good wind might blow it over.  In the back between these two is the “Castle”.  Well, those names are at least descriptive. 

 

    

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.  

Elegance

Elegance

Elegance.  You are wandering in an old southwestern garden, now overgrown by twisting vines.  Beyond the gateway grows a tall cactus, seemingly covered with hair (but don’t test it).  The late afternoon sun has given everything a warm glow.  Take some time here and enjoy the subtle elegance of the desert garden.

 
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