The Pacific West Coast is my favorite area to photograph. The color and activity of human life along the coast is so interesting. The natural world there is also captivating. Huge trees, hundreds of islands dotting the coast waters and snow-covered mountains in the distance provide the photographer with so many opportunities to make great images.
One could easily view the desert areas of the South Western United States as a rock pile. It is so different from the coast. Yet, it doesn’t take long to realize that this area is equally as vibrant. Animal and bird life abounds. Foliage while so different is designed to conserve water.
Rain when it does occur doesn’t seem to soak in into the ground. Rather, it runs, sometimes in torrents, to gather and ultimately disappear in low areas of the desert. After a storm, evaporation returns the landscape to dryness.
Plants soak up as much as possible. Theirs spiny, tough exteriors act to keep the water safe from the sun’s heat. Plant density seems to relate directly to the amount of water in the ground. ‘Wet’ seasons often produce astounding flower blooms.
Whether you look at the landscape as a whole or in part it has a beauty that is as captivating as the coast. The opportunities to make interesting photographs in either situation rely on the imagination and creativity of the photographer.