Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Landscapes and Seascapes

Posted: December 16, 2014 in Cee's Photo Challenges, Nature, Travel
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Every year I visit my parents and family in Arizona.  I love the desert landscapes and their spare beauty.  These shots are from the Mesa and Sedona areas, perfect for the “Landscapes and Seascapes” challenge.

If you don’t die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert.  You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise.  The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young.
~Anne Lamott


What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery


This is the sense of the desert hills, that there is room enough and time enough. 
~Mary Austin


    • Thank you, Sandra. I really want to do a bit more writing on the blog, but with our younger daughter already home for the Christmas holiday, presents to wrap, etc., time is taken up with so many things. It’s easy to fall back on photos (which I do love), but they take up a lot more space in my blog. I’m starting to get close to 10% left, which means decisions have to be made. 🙂


  1. I lived 8 months in Arizona in 1992.. and the desert landscape still lives in my heart.

  2. I love the desert, the same way i love winter or new York City. Short visit, but i wouldn’t want to live there.

    i spent a little time in the Negev. Solitary and awesome during the day. thriving and alive, even chilling, at night. It was inspiring. Randy

  3. You sense a real romance with the desert in your photos.

  4. trablog says:

    Gorgeous hues and great compositions 🙂

  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Beautiful landscapes for this week Janet. Thanks ever so much.

  6. Something about that final cactus photo is positively enchanting. The strong contrasts and dark shadows are eye-catching, especially since it looks like a day scene, but it’s so dark overall. Lovely work, as always!

    • Many thanks, Hannah. There’s a long section along the highway from Phoenix to Flagstaff that is full of the saguaro cacti and it’s so cool. The shadow of the hill threw in the dark part of the photo and I enhanced it just slightly.

      Stay warm!


  7. Sue says:

    Beautiful pics and love the Anne Lamott quote.

  8. Beautiful images, Janet. Is that Monument Valley in the second one?

  9. Indiraindira says:

    These are very lovely shots Janet.

  10. Fabulous juxtaposition of images and language. Aka great post. 😉

  11. booknerdkim says:

    I love how you used quotes to accompany your beauteous photos! I especially like the third photo – something quiet and sad, but also peaceful about it.

    • One of the things the internet has made easy (other than using a thesaurus, of course) is finding quotes. But of course, I’m happy you like the photos. My blog started out with all writing and now is a combination of writing and photography.