JUNE 30, 2010 10:17PM

This Land

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There's no doubt that America is defined primarily by its people. It is a deservedly positive view of our nation, because we have managed to take a melange of people and cultures and make of them something approaching a unified whole—or at least a population that gets along well enough most of the time.

But to be an American is also to occupy a particular place on the planet, a landscape that shapes who we are. Our nation's natural topographies and  imposed geometries tell a lot about us, and they resonate within us when we look across this land.

Intersection of Earth & Sky


So Much to See

 

unnatural nature

 

Swales and Wales

 

Varied Topography

 

Circuit Board Landscape?

 

Order Imposed ... Profit Maximized

 

Follow the Trees...

 

How the Other 5% Lives

 

Ribbons of Highway

 

 

On the Boulevard


 

Each Block an Island?

 

lakes and trees and houses

 

 

all photographs © 2009 Susan Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos taken from the surprisingly clean window of a commuter jet. I hate those little planes, but they do provide the opportunity for great aerial views.
Thank you, Inquisitive. I see you are a photographer as well.

Your comment is more apt than you know. I began by including text with each photo, but found it more difficult to say what I wanted to say that way. So I got out of the way and let the photos do the talking :)
I love the geometry seen from the air. The clusters of activity around water . . . etc. You captured it beautifully.
Thank you, Stellaa and Julie. Seeing from the sky like this really does show us something about ourselves.
These are utterly captivating! What a wonderful montage!
Hi, Steve--and thanks! Photography is a great way to deal with small-airplane phobia ;D
What truly splendid photos - and from a puddle jumper, no less.

Not my favorite planes either. Well that't not entirely accurate. I love them. My stomach doesn't.
Cherie, thank you! Yes, I can relate to a certain queasiness as well as anxiety on small planes. But the big jets, more comfortable though they may be, just fly too high for a good look at the landscape.

Oh, the sacrifices we make for our art! Hee hee.
Interesting concept -- and great pics!