Student writing samples inspired by viewing the Ansel Adams exhibit...
Writing Prompt: Choose a landscape and write a postcard from
You would love this place. It's so peaceful and quiet. The trees make
you feel so tiny and in tune with what's around you. You feel a sense
I wish you were here because this scenery is very dramatic. I never
knew that a place like this could be in California. It is the water
raging over the cliff. In the back there is a mountain with trees growing
out of it.
Bridal Veil Fall
If you were here you would be scared because if you are at the
bottom of the mountain you will feel small, and if you are at the top
of the mountain you will feel big.
I am at the Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
It is windy out here. It is dark and cloudy looking. I feel really peaceful
and love the sound of the water and wind. It's amazing.
Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone. It's like the ocean going up like
fire. It's like you're mad and you just exploded. It is windy out here
and everything seems like art.
The wind that blows every minute on my face feels fresh and clean and
peaceful. The sky seems like it's moving in a different direction while
the wind blows.
Clearning Storm, Sonora Country Hills, California, 1951.
This sight is interesting to me because it seems as if a world is getting
ready to end. I think so because it seems as if the sky is falling and
all the mist, fig and wind are filled with toxins.
Monolith, the Face of Half Done, Yosemite, 1927
I feel homesick and lonely here. It's very cold. I'm glad I brought
my gloves, hat and scarf. There are bit mountains and lots of snow,
there are a couple of trees but not a lot. It's a very quiet place.
You might hear an animal, like a bird, once in a while. Really, you
should visit, it's beautiful.
Dear A Tavia,
I am in Yosemite National Park in California. I feel like I'm in heaven!
Sure do wish you were here!
There are rocks at the bottom of the waterfall. To me once this scene
represents that there are hard times but once you reach the edge things
will calm down. I guess the big rock next to the waterfall represents
a wall that makes you have to go through rough times, which are represented
by the sharp rocks at the bottom.
There is a little fog that gives the mountain a spooky feeling to it.
I watch in awe at this view.
The desert looks like Israel or Egypt. It's like soft sand and there's
nothing around. It feels like a lonely place.
Writing Prompt: If the picture could talk, what would it say?
The Spanish American Woman, near Chicayo, New Mexico, 1937.
This picture says to me "I am old and so is the wood, our texture
is the same, but intentions are different."
Trailer Camp Children. I think if this picture could talk, the
children would say, "Help, I'm afraid." They are afraid of
someone. Probably their mother is being beaten by their father. And
they have to sit there and watch and they look sorry and sad.
Trailer Camp Children. They are showing sorrow for their pathetic
lives. And screaming out from the reaches of their own hell. Will people
look at the worthless people they are? For they are condemned to their
"Hi, I am haunted. Do you know that people die here? I have Chinese
symbols. Do not come here at night, I am warning you."