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from randy kato

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Here it is, the obligatory spring picture. Actually it was take in summer, but that's just picking nits.

I love this image for a number of reasons, for the time and place it takes me back to, for how I arrived there, and because it was the product of an accident.

Many years ago, on my first cross-country road trip, rolling down a southwestern desert highway I saw a splash of color way off on the horizon. The closer I got, the further across the horizon it spread, and I became more and more certain that I wasn't imagining it.

After what felt like an eternity, I got close enough to realize that they were wild sunflowers as far as the eye could see. And right where they began was a big sign reading "Welcome to New Mexico!"

With a welcome like that - among many other things - it's no wonder New Mexico is one of my favorite states.

So I just had to stop and smell the flowers.

As I got ready to take a photo (with film in an old manual focus camera) I accidentally released the shutter. So I wound the film, focused and composed a clear shot and took it. Upon getting the film developed I realized that this accidental blurry version was much much nicer, and evokes the dream-like quality of the moment.


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