Photo 365 #106: Landscape

I love landscapes.  I think the majority of pictures I take are either of my kids or landscapes (49% landscapes, 49% kids, 2% other).  Iowa is such a beautiful place that I can’t help whipping out my camera (either of them) and capturing the glories of nature.

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As previously mentioned, I also love sunsets.  The arrival of snow is seriously hindering my ability to capture them through the break in the trees that form the western borderline of our property.

I may or may not have mentioned, however, that I’m not fond of the wind farms that are springing up all over the area (seriously, I can’t remember if I’ve talked about it or not).  There’s one that stretches for a good ten miles south of where I live, and the blinking red line on the night horizon is one I find quite annoying.  Now there’s another one that mars the northern horizon on my way to work.  If this keeps up, I’ll be living in the middle of a wind farm inside of ten years.

Still, I do like the silhouettes these particular turbines made against the darkening night sky.  And I love the hint of blurriness evident near the horizon and the edges of the turbine blades; it makes the whole scene feel a bit dreamy and surreal.  When I took this picture, I was reminded of Don Quixote tilting at windmills, and I love it when nature makes me think of books.

What do your favorite landscape photos depict?

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15 thoughts on “Photo 365 #106: Landscape

  1. Sandi says:

    Mountains — the Appalachian kind. A few beaches from vacation. I’m not sure if those are my favorites: the best landscape pix I ever took were at Yellowstone.

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      Those all sound fantastic, though. I drove through the Great Smoky Mountains on a trip to Florida fifteen years ago and was rather disappointed that my pictures failed to capture the beauty all around me as stunningly as I saw it. I have a different camera now, though, and would love to go back. Such a beautiful place!

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      • Sandi says:

        Based on my disappointing efforts at photographing a landscape with mountains today, I’ve that getting far enough away is important. I also wonder if horizon placement is trickier with mountains? From reading your Photo 101 posts, I know that you’ve had restrictions on your time and opportunity; same here — there are some amazing places to take landscape pictures around here, but they’re not close to my house.

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        • Kay Kauffman says:

          I think you might be right. At any rate, my photography skills have come a long way in the last fifteen years, so next time I’m around mountains, I’m going to have another crack at photographing them. And with a digital camera this time, I won’t feel pressured to take the perfect shot – I can play around and see what works. 🙂

          You hit the nail on the head – there are some great places here to take landscape shots, too, but it seems that when I have the time, I don’t have the opportunity and when I have the opportunity, I don’t have the time. This whole being a responsible adult thing is wildly overrated. 😛

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  2. Jo says:

    Lovely shots. We have windfarms out at Sea. On the rare occasions they are visible I always try to grab a shot of them. I don’t mind them in the sea but I am with you not really liking them cluttering up the landscape. They do make for a lovely shot though. 🙂

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      The wind farm near my house is harder to see during the day than it is at night because we have a hill that blocks most of the turbines from view, and the few that remain visible tend to blend in with the sky. But at night, the whole horizon is a line of blinking red lights, and I hate it.

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