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Window Seat VII: Earth or Mars?

Well, the obvious answer is Earth, but several locations I’ve flown across bear resemblances to sci-fi movie settings.  These are all desert locations, so it probably helps that I fly in and out of Las Vegas.  This also means we’re still at an altitude low enough to see great detail.

Mojave Desert, patterns, aerial, Arizona, Steve Bruno
Textures of the Mojave Desert
desert hills, southern Arizona, aerial, Steve Bruno
Hills in the desert of southern Arizona
Mountains near Lake Mead at sunset, aerial, Arizona, Steve Bruno
Mountains near Lake Mead at sunset
Desert ridges by stormlight outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, Steve Bruno
Desert ridges by stormlight outside of Las Vegas
Wash patterns, northwestern New Mexico, Steve Bruno
Wash patterns, northwestern New Mexico
Craters Near Flagstaff, Arizona, aerial, Steve Bruno
Craters Near Flagstaff
Desert Dunes near Death Valley, aerial, Steve Bruno
Desert and dunes near Death Valley

WPC: Abstract

The Daily Post Challenge for Abstract might just be my favorite one yet.  I used to consider it the greatest compliment when someone would look at one of my images and say “That’s a photograph?  That doesn’t look real!”  Nowadays that usually means someone didn’t know when to say no to Photoshop.

The top photo is one I call Sandstone Wall Watercolor.  This is straight off the film, no effects added.  It was taken in a canyon where water was working its erosional magic, and the sunlight was just out of frame and bouncing light all around.

I have a few more favorites in the gallery below.  Some are obvious as to what they are, some not so much.  Details are in the captions in the gallery.

Wordless Wednesday: White Sands, New Mexico

White Sands, New Mexico

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: The Letter T (for telescope)

The 24 inch Alvan Clark refractor telescope, used in the discovery of Pluto. Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona, photo by Steve Bruno
The 24 inch Alvan Clark refractor telescope, used in the discovery of Pluto. Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona, photo by Steve Bruno

The science of astronomy has come a long way since Percival Lowell sat in his chair peering through this once high-tech telescope at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.  It has been many years since someone “looked” through a large telescope of the magnitude you might find at any of the major observatories in the world.  Instead, astronomers sort through large amounts of data fed to their computers from the instrumentation at the receiving end of these technological works of art.  The romantic notion of someone peering through a telescope towards a new galactic discovery exists only as a Hollywood vision.  If only they were fitted with an eyepiece – the views would be incomparable.

This is my entry for Ed’s Challenge this week.

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