Rain in the desert, Arizona near the Black Mesa

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    This was taken on the 10th day out of Washington DC on a coast to coast road trip. Somehow it represents everything that those American road trips are supposed to be. I have been coast to coast twice, and have done many lesser road trips in the USA - but I live in New Zealand.

    A coast to coast road trip going west tells you more about American history and culture - both for good and ill - than just about anything else you can do.

    I didn't expect this shot to get much attention. It is highly personal. I underestimated how much the emotions that I attach to my own photograph are part of the American psyche. Well -- that's my interpretation of why it has done so well on flickr without having a cat or a naked person in it. Perhaps it would do even better if I tagged it for that nude female skateboarder with her cat in her backpack that you just can't quite see on the horizon.

    The photograph was taken in 1996 with a 25 year old Pentax SLR that has since died and was scanned before I began playing with Photoshop, so asoriginally posted it was unmodified just like it scanned. It was modified by reducing noise on 6 January 2006

    Vida Morkunas (seawallrunner), and 223 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. iUrs  82 months ago | reply

      This brilliant photo is like a shooting star, splendid!
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    2. Dimitri Depaepe 82 months ago | reply

      This brilliant photo is like a shooting star, totally unique!
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    3. Jonathan Laberge 82 months ago | reply

      very good !
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    5. Waterford_Man 67 months ago | reply

      Beautiful Capture !!!

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    6. oneiros11 67 months ago | reply

      I love the vibrancy of the land set against the dark sky.


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    7. Studyjunkie 66 months ago | reply

      I love the American West and this does sum it up somehow. Great - I can see why it did so well despite the lack of naked women and cats! ;o)

    8. raQ-babe [deleted] 56 months ago | reply

      beautiful color......!!!>_<

    9. jronaldlee 52 months ago | reply

      Good afternoon... we needed a picture of Arizona for a blog post, and this was what we used (with CC attribution and link back to the image on Flickr, of course!)

    10. dethstar 51 months ago | reply

      Your picture has been displayed at searchbandit.co.uk! Please add it to the group Searchbandit Frontpage pics!

    11. squarter2 47 months ago | reply

      I am reminded of the Desert Rd, central North Island, New Zealand

    12. Carol Rodrigues Medeiros 46 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called RECORTES DA VIDA - SNIPPETS OF LIFE - P1/A3, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. shmily1183 41 months ago | reply

      it,s amaze..

    14. duaraja 39 months ago | reply

      keren!!!!!

    15. rhiepurnaningsih 29 months ago | reply

      Amazing.........

    16. thewritingreader 27 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing via Creative Commons. I used it on my blog here: www.thewritingreader.com/blog/2012/01/14/prompt-211-first...

    17. NOODLE13ME 26 months ago | reply

      That just make me feel free. Lovly

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    19. arthurbohon [deleted] 21 months ago | reply

      I love the loneliness of the photo.

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