The story behind "I Found a place ..." I wanted to write something special about this place I often visit. It is called Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. A very long name for a very quiet and peaceful place. Cienega is the spanish word for one or more marsh like, watery areas, native to the American southwest and northwest Mexico. There is a creek, called Cienega Creek, perennial in some stretches, that flows from here and goes north toward Vail, Arizona, located just southeast of Tucson.
I have taken hundreds of photographs in this area in the last few years and have shoot the same scene in different seasons, I am fascinated by the summer colors and the muted winter ones as well.
This particular photo, the top photo, was of an area I last visited early in the year, when the colors where quiet, and almost dormant, no, make that dormant, period. Nevertheless I saw the possibilities and wanted to come back when the rains had fallen in the area. Though it has not been the typical monsoon season this 2020 year here in Arizona (is there anything typical about 2020? anywhere?), I really liked the color and composition out of the camera and I loved it after postprocessing.
Without getting too mushy about it, I was so delighted with the image that I wanted to accompany it with an inspirational saying, maybe a poem, an ode, my way of saying "thank you God for the experience".
"I found a place ..." came almost immediately to mind and then I wanted to simply say, what this place is to me, what it feels, what it does to me. Then, after realizing what I wrote, I decided to challenge others, in a good way, to also "find their own place" where they can have perhaps a similar experience.
I have always believe that photography can help us find ourselves, know ourselves, so that we can better ourselves.
I have included other photos taken in the same area of Las Cienegas. You can also find more of them at www.EPRphotos.ETSY.com and at www.Eduardo.ShootProof.com
Your comments are welcome and I hope the photos help you in a small way cope with this difficult year.
August 13, 2020