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At 11:49 AM 3/22/99 -0800, you wrote: >As regards the claim that the U.S. is unique in its "unspoiled" nature and >majesty --- Sorry Eric, I cannot afford to give you a grant to re-educated >you in your world view ;-) (that's a big sardonic smile). You guys ought to read what people say, and understand, or at least try. What is the theme of much of Ansel Adams work? The Western, more specifically Southwestern, U.S. Is there any place in the world like it? No. Why not? Because they are unique in what they have, and it's different. NO duh. They have urban areas and forests. They have deserts, and they have big trees. Nothing as big as the Redwoods and Sequoias, but what the heck. It's not the size that counts. Right? So, no place on earth is like the Southwest U.S. Funny thing, a photographer became passionate about it, and was able to translate the three dimensional world into a two-dimensional representations that move some people. His vision is unique in the world (another obvious point - all photographers have their own potions of view, not matter how powerful or weak), based on his personal experience living in that area. Many people who have lived there respond to his work and find it rings true in them as well. People who haven't been there might not understand quite as well as someone who has been there. But they take great offense if someone says that, because it's not politically correct to some place on the planet is unique? Not better, not more spectacular, not more special, not more wild, just unique. You folks ought to have a higher opinion of other places in the world. They aren't so fragile that claiming somewhere else is simply different would mean they are somehow diminished. Eric Welch St. Joseph, MO http://www.ponyexpress.net/~ewelch Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.