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The Softer Side of the Southwest

  
 
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When I think of what the American Southwest is known for, itís the grand vistas and icons that likely stand out for most folks. I do enjoy the big scenics, but at the same time I find there is a softer, more nuanced mood to the Southwest that I very much enjoy experiencing and trying to capture. Here is a collection of rocks, badlands, trees, and quiet small sections of canyons in Utah and Arizona from my winter trip that I hope you enjoy.

Thanks for looking, everyone!

Best,
Ross




Boulders on Blue






Badlands Fantasyland






Pristine Utah Aspens






Colorful Streambed Stones






Twilight Magic on Badlands






Canyon Wall Swirls






Simple Beauty of Slot Canyon Tones






Natural Art in a Narrows






Hillside Patterns After Snowfall



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Apr 06, 2022 at 01:13 PM
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Love the design elements in these images! Thanks for sharing.


Apr 06, 2022 at 01:22 PM
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First rate work, Ross. Always a joy to view your images.


Apr 06, 2022 at 01:34 PM
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jim allison wrote:
Love the design elements in these images! Thanks for sharing.


Happy to share Jim, thanks for your great feedback!



Apr 06, 2022 at 01:59 PM
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Rajan Parrikar wrote:
First rate work, Ross. Always a joy to view your images.


I always value your feedback Rajan, thanks so much for the encouragement!



Apr 06, 2022 at 01:59 PM
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fantastic collection of amazing images


Apr 06, 2022 at 02:00 PM
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junglialoh wrote:
fantastic collection of amazing images


Thank you Jung!



Apr 06, 2022 at 02:22 PM
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Hey Ross, this is a beautiful collection. You have captured the quieter moods and details of the region incredibly. Your work also shows what a diverse area it is for a creative artist.


Apr 06, 2022 at 05:11 PM
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Very nice set. I love the photograph of the aspens!


Apr 06, 2022 at 06:38 PM
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slavd2020 wrote:
Hey Ross, this is a beautiful collection. You have captured the quieter moods and details of the region incredibly. Your work also shows what a diverse area it is for a creative artist.


Thank you my great friend Slav! I am grateful we got to shoot together in the SW this year and looking forward to more!



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I like the isolated subjects, all clearly from the southwest but only showing parts. As a set, they make a greater statement.
I didn't know there was a "soft side" to the SW, except for maybe the clouds. Nothing feels soft when I trip and fall, .



Apr 07, 2022 at 08:33 AM
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Nice set of photo Ross! I really lie the contrasting colors in that first one. I always enjoy a good black and white too. Nice work.



Apr 07, 2022 at 08:45 AM
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Ross, you have trained your eyes to look at your subject beyond just icons locations. I always enjoy viewing your images. As usual top notch work. Thanks for sharing. Keep your weekly installments going 👍🏻


Apr 07, 2022 at 10:02 AM
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These are masterful. Well done! The first two are my favorites for the colors and textures.


Apr 07, 2022 at 10:05 AM
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jcw1982 wrote:
Very nice set. I love the photograph of the aspens!


@jcw1982 so glad you like the aspens image, also one of my favorites! Thanks for commenting.



Apr 07, 2022 at 11:26 AM
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Nice set of images. I love that last one.


Apr 07, 2022 at 12:58 PM
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gordon l wrote:
I like the isolated subjects, all clearly from the southwest but only showing parts. As a set, they make a greater statement.
I didn't know there was a "soft side" to the SW, except for maybe the clouds. Nothing feels soft when I trip and fall, .


Thanks much Gordon! I do like how a set of images can often paint a richer portrait of an area.
Haha, yes I hear you about the SW not being soft 😆. Perhaps subtle would be a better word in the title. But I do experience a softness or gentleness when out there in solitude pursuing the quieter details 😍 Thatís probably more related to my personality than anything else.

Cheers,
Ross



Apr 07, 2022 at 02:29 PM
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Great stuff Ross, very artistic.


Apr 07, 2022 at 03:31 PM
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Brad Williams wrote:
Nice set of photo Ross! I really lie the contrasting colors in that first one. I always enjoy a good black and white too. Nice work.


@Brad Williams I really appreciate your positive words!



Apr 07, 2022 at 07:25 PM
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Beautiful photos all! And yes, there is a softer side to AZ and UT. If I go to the Grand Canyon it's early in the morning before everyone gets there or gets up. And the local trails as well.

Something the PBS show Outside Beyond The Lens talks about. There is more than the tourist filled parks if you look!



Apr 08, 2022 at 08:57 AM
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