POTD: Stories of Love

Stories of Love
Tucson, Arizona
2020

At the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, they provided a few old airplanes to serve as canvases for contemporary artists to paint. This plane (also featured in the next few POTDs was painted by a collaboration duo from New York City calling themselves Faile.

POTD: Spent Beauty #41

Spent Beauty #41
Cochise Stronghold, Arizona
2020

Beauty in the title of this image definitely is only relevant to the previous living state of this yucca plant; in it’s current state it is strikingly grotesque rather than beautiful.

POTD: Sawtooth Yucca

Sawtooth Yucca
Cochise Stronghold, Arizona
2020

I stopped to photograph this yucca because of the way the shadows emphasized the namesake teeth but I was subsequently almost as intrigued by the (nearly) regularly spaced holes along the leaf edges. Clearly there is something about those leaf edges and perhaps the “roots” of the teeth themselves that attracts a certain kind of bug.

POTD: Spent Beauty #40

Spent Beauty #40
Cochise Stronghold, Arizona
2020

In this ongoing Spent Beauty series of images I have tried to convey the idea that withered leaves and stems, dried flower heads, seedpods and fallen flower petals of dead and dying plants can contain elements of beauty much as live plants do. Perhaps decaying yuccas such as this one challenge that notion. Or perhaps they are just illustrative of the idea that artistic merit isn’t necessarily limited to classical ideas of beauty. If it has meaningful visual impact then it must be art?

POTD: Matters of Scale

Matters of Scale
Cochise Stronghold, Arizona
2020

It’s hard to appreciate the massive size of the bolder piles and pinnacles in Cochise Stronghold until something of familiar size appears to put everything into perspective.

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