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Yellow Mounds, Badlands, South Dakota

for One Word Sunday and Lens-Artist Challenge: Blending in or Standing Out

Comments
  1. Standing out! I love that yellow and rust showing off just a wee bit of Earth’s contours and shapes. I seriously think I would not have seen this standing just there at that moment. I base this on past experience in Death Valley having missed some glorious compositions like this one which I did not see and was shown in images after the fact by my companions who stood right beside me who made amazing images very much like this one.

    I just do not see these wonderful landscapes with my own eyes. I am humbled and grateful for you every time you post images Janet. You show me a world I do not see and would have missed if not for you! THANK YOU! I am ever surprised by the compositions fellow photographers make and see while standing right beside me. So many times I never see what they see and photograph! Seeing your image just like theirs I realize I. AM. BLIND! I see nothing. I have so much to learn still. This journey like the French Language is a lifelong endeavour. I love both so I carry on.
    You give me hope and inspire me to move forward. Perhaps one day I will see and compose a great image, play the piano, and speak French fluently. I will continue to practice and make mistakes on my way to mastering them all. Fingers crossed! Wait! I have little hope of ever Mastering Piano. I really wish I could have started in my youth. My fingers and brain do not travel at the same speed as an adult…there’s no fixing that no matter how many hours I practice. 😭 I have come to terms with metiocre with piano, but have not given up on Photography and French despite the decades I’ve been working on mastering them.

    • Deborah, your comment made me happy and humble this morning. It also made me smile. First of all, thanks from the bottom of my heart. It means a lot to read this BECAUSE…I hope I become as an accomplished photographer as you one day. You take marvelous photos. Perhaps your eyes’ default is simply set to notice certain beautiful things. But eyes can be trained and you can look at landscapes more closely in pursuit of that. Meanwhile, many of us will be working at taking photos as wonderful as those you take. Many outstanding, well-known photographers focused (pun not intended but always welcomed) on one type of photo, not diminishing their talent in the least. I think one of the things I see that others might not is on the macro scale, which I enjoy but need to work on even more.

      I’ve only started studying French and as we had to leave our refurbished upright piano behind when we moved into a much smaller rental house, I probably won’t be playing the piano again any time soon. There’s not really even room for a keyboard. Alas!! I have a few things I want to start working on, but haven’t done so yet, more’s the pity. Let’s encourage one another and be encouraged by the abilities of each other and the other photographers and writers on WP to move forward and expand our talents, while serving as an encouragement to them in areas in which we excel.

      Thanks once again. I really hope one day we’ll be able to meet and go on a photo jaunt or two, enjoy some coffee/tea, and relax and chat!

      janet

  2. Prior... says:

    nice image, and whew, that was some comment from circadian reflections (dare I say it really stood out)
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  3. Sue says:

    Well linked for two prompts, Janet!

  4. Jackie says:

    How perfectly you blended both word challenges!

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    I love the aspects that are standing out. It’s such a remarkable area, and you captured it very well. Thanks for sharing this, Janet.

  7. Leya says:

    Perfect for the challenge(s), Janet! I love the subtle juxtaposition in this photo!

  8. Su Leslie says:

    Wonderful image Janet. The yellow is amazing β€” sulphur? Some sort of mineral in the earth I’m guessing.

    • What I found is this:

      β€œThe sea drained away with the uplift of the Black Hills and Rocky Mountains, exposing the black ocean mud to air. Upper layers were weathered into a yellow soil, called Yellow Mounds. The mounds are an example of a fossil soil, or paleosol.”

      I would’ve thought it was the mineral, too. Although I guess it could be the minerals from the fossils.

  9. I love the yellow mounds and the road & cars just add more depth and interest. A beautiful composition.
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  10. de Wets Wild says:

    So desolate, and yet so beautiful!

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