In an interesting coincidence two photographers whose work I admire have come to perhaps similar conclusions about iconic landscapes. My friend Alex has written his goodbyes to Instagram and Flickr and in that essay discussed an aversion to iconic landscapes and, for similar reasons, sunsets (and I imagine sunrises should he live on the American east coast). And, as if it were a coordinated effort, Thomas Heaton, a UK photographer whose YouTube channel I watch regularly discussed his Mesa Arch experience from a Moab seminar where he was leading workshops. Both opinions leave one with the thought that the icon experience can be (and in my opinion, is) a frustrating journey and not always worth the effort. Now that I've experienced a few icons I tend to agree. I wrote about it in 2014 where I gave a moderate defense of icons but today, I'd pass them by. Today, I'd do what Thomas suggests and find other viewpoints, other more intimate scenes; looking to seeing the landscape with my eyes and not those of a million Instagrammers.