Contrasting Angles with Shadows

Nature's Angles by Jann Alexander ©2014

Nature’s Angles by Jann Alexander ©2014


In the Western Wyoming environment that’s given over to waving grasslands and towering trees and mostly devoid of natural angles, the Grand Tetons stand out. And so does the Grand Teton Lodge, built as angular as the mountains it overlooks, in a contemporary break with our National Parks’ traditional log, stone and beam-style architecture.


The Shadow by Jann Alexander ©2014

The Shadow by Jann Alexander ©2014


The contrast between man’s hard architectural angles with nature’s imposing but somehow softer angles was stark, clearly intended, and even complementary. The shadow was unintended, I suspect, though not unwelcome—just an unexpected gift from the setting sun. 

Do you think hard angles like these are one with nature?

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  1. Jann, those first, natural angles are my favorites, but Wyoming is filled with angles, often from rock where there are no trees. 🙂 And of course, there’s Yellowstone and our favorite area, the Big Horns. But the latter are in eastern Wyoming. I love nature’s angles and you did a beautiful job capturing these. The prow of the boat adds so much

    janet

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    • Thank you, Janet, great observations. The Bighorns have been on my mind for the last week, while I’m reading some of Craig Johnson’s books from his Longmire series. I came to them after hearing him a month ago at the annual Texas Book Festival, and have been a fan of the tv series since its beginning. Are you familiar with Johnson, and Longmire?

      So in looking up the books’ locations on a map, I realized I’d been there, long ago. I dug up an old travel journal, where I recorded the 1980 road trip I made there, and delighted in reading my long-ago notes. That led me to digging around in my Kodachromes. Which led to many finds, including photographs of the Big Horns, and Buffalo. No doubt you’re familiar with all of these places . . . and I’m excitedly working on a short memoir of that trip, especially the Wyoming part.

      Thank you so much for commenting. Yes, lots of natural angles in Wyoming, which makes it so wondrous!

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