The deserts out here in California are both beautiful and dangerous. The landscape can be stunning, with colors and rock formations like nothing you’ve ever seen, but to get to them you go to some very isolated places. Eccentric characters roam these spaces, and many of them are armed to the teeth. I’ve seen the hulk of abandoned vehicles shot so full of holes it looked like a sieve, and even had holes six inches in diameter from some shoulder fired missiles.
Painters Bluff captures some of what I feel is essential about the desert experience. Something has happened down in the canyon, but we don’t know what. Tourists and desert characters form an uneasy mix, while one fellow makes his way up the slope clutching his gut. It all looks serious, but perhaps it is merely a painter’s bluff…
You’ve done it, Scott – a great mixture of natural beauty and human madness! I LOVE the perspective!
Great image Scott. It reminded me of the day i joined the National Waffle Association. No kidding. Our country needs to eat more waffles, not buying more pistols and rifles.
I wish the NRA would waffle a bit more. Being so set in concrete is a sure sign of madness.
I had fun with that perspective. With a wide angle, and the natural curves of a landscape, you can get away with a lot.
A friend of mine who used to go up to Pioneertown with me once told me “When I visit the desert I know that the people I meet when I go hiking are either going to be overly friendly and offer me a joint, or be overly hostile and try to take a shot at me.”