Posted by: Brad Nixon | November 5, 2018

Year Ten on the Beat. Thank You.

Today, a brief post to thank you for reading Under Western Skies.

This week I begin my tenth year of blogging. As I say each year at the anniversary of the first post, the best part of it has been encountering readers from all over the world, and finding fellow travelers, kindred spirits — people who share an interest in literature and the arts, history, architecture and, sometimes, mere whimsy.

That’s not what I expected when I started in November of 2009. My objective was to give myself an incentive to do more writing about subjects that interest me. The blog has certainly been that, but it’s been gratifying to discover thousands of other writers, photographers and travelers with distinctive voices whose work captures my attention.

As a result, my world is both larger and smaller. I have a wider knowledge of places I’ve never traveled and some of the people who live there, literature I’d never read. I’m always delighted when I see I’ve had a visitor from a country that didn’t exist when I studied geography in elementary school or a place that was virtually unreachable, about which one could know almost nothing from here in the U.S.

Those connections have reduced some geographical, political and cultural gaps that tend to isolate us from one another, and make it too easy to rely on stereotypes or unfounded, preconceived notions of what people are like in other places, other cultures.

On we go. The world does lie before us — so various, so beautiful, so new. Thank you for visiting, never hesitate to leave a comment, and who knows what we’ll discover next? I’m pleased to have you along.

Oobop shebam.

BN at Bristlecone M Vincent 1398

© Brad Nixon 2018. Photograph of Brad in the White Mountains of California © M. Vincent 2018, used by kind permission.



  1. Glad to be part of your ensemble. Every post is a treat, although I confess I had to struggle just a little to get past thinking of ‘butternut squash chili’ as an oxymoron. Here’s to the future!

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    • If I challenged an assumption held by so accomplished and widely-read a reader and thinker as you — even on a rather mundane subject — I count it as a succcess. Thank you.

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  2. So beautifully put! Congratulations on your blogging anniversary, I didn’t realise that you had been writing since 2009, well done! Like you, I enjoy writing, travelling and taking photos, and of course interacting with the blogging community, that makes it all worthwhile. The world seems so much smaller now and we can all learn so much from one another. Here’s to your next ten years! (By the way I’m currently in Vilnius in case you are interested to know you have visitors on your blog from Lithuania!

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    • Thank you. You’re an exemplar for both adventure and informed travel, and it’s a pleasure to attempt to keep up with your far-ranging travels, although I always fall behind. Lithuania is a perfect example of a place that had different position in political geography half a century ago! Travel safely.

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  3. An eloquent reflection on a significant milestone. Congratulations on an engaging body of work and drawing an international community who make your blog a stimulating place to be. Cheers and best wishes for year number 10!

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  4. Happy Anniversary, all the best for the next 10 years!

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  5. Wow, congrats on ten years at the helm of UWS U! With a decade of learning and discovery that you bestowed on us, I think your readers should have honorary degrees conferred on them.

    Well done!

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    • Thanks, LaBoheme. A bit hyperbolic, but much appreciated. A pleasure to have you along.


  6. Congrats to you Brad, and thank you for your devotion to your site. I thoroughly enjoy your work, especially how you find such interesting aspects of history and architecture right here in my own southern California backyard. The other day I was at the sprawl of the 110/405 interchange (a place I’ve passed hundreds of times without giving it a thought except for to keep going), and I thought of how UWS could likely find some unique story/photo angle among the tangle of buildings. You have especially made me look at Los Angeles through a different lens. Cin cin!

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    • Thank you, Stacy. You’re a perfect example of the connections I described. Although you’re not many miles away, I met you via Italy, not southern California, courtesy of your blog. I know more about Italy due to your excellent writing and photos.
      The 110/405 is a perfect exception that proves the rule about finding the extraordinary in the mundane. Nearly everywhere I travel leads from home, up the 110, and north or south on the 405. I got to work and back via the interchange on perhaps 2,000 days of commuting over the years.
      But I’ve never written about it. For one thing, it would be life-threatening to try to photograph, but it proves how we miss what’s right there.
      Thanks for the kind words. More to see.

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  7. Nice post on blogging. I’ve been blogging for 3 years now. I never believed I would have even kept a blog that long!! It is interesting to learn about other parts of the world.

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    • Congrats on 3. One post at a time! They add up. Thank you.


  8. Woo Hoo! Congratulations! Keep ’em coming!

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