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the view from anywhere

In this case, the view was from my drive, which practically qualifies as being nowhere, since I'm buried in a valley with hills on three sides. But of course, no one owns the sky and the view of it is free, so one needn't live on top of a hill to be a spectator to stunning panoramas.

As every nature photographer knows, the low light that we usually shoot in and the need to have everything in focus front to back usually dictate long exposures and shooting from a tripod. This is one of the few images on these pages that was hand-held, mainly because little depth of field was required, but also due partly to the fact that there isn't much on a cloud that is sharp anyway.