I don't know, I've been in the hobby for 6 years maybe a touch longer and most do, I still go back to the scapes that made me love aquascaping and I still love them so maybe. I have to agree it's easy to get jaded but I think it's a reflection of taste that decides if it's a gimmick or not. Tacky or tasteless was the other word I'd use for some of these scapes, the comparison I often fall back on is those magic eye waterfalls you see in chinese take aways, you know the ones, it's like a light box of a waterfall and there's a blind that moves that makes it look like a falling waterfall, I find if a scape looks like those things I find it cheap and gimmicky. I find it's the less literal scapes that I still associate strongly with, I often judge the quality of a scape by how many repeat views you get out of it and it still has a resonance or an impact or you see some other thing you didn't before, for me that's the measure of a good scape, great iwagumi's I still find something in them time and again, yet some of the scapes that look like perfect mountains leave me cold, they're like fireworks a loud bang and a flash and they're spent, a great scape is more like a light bulb, they're constantly great but might not always have flash bang effect. I think it's also worth discussion is that people don't seem to be able to separate literal and interpretative in their scapes which is why I think there's been such a rash of treescapes and mountainscapes that contrive to look just like a photograph, it's a much more difficult act to take the spirit that a place is imbued with and then represent it in an aquascape in a non-literal manner and I think this is perhaps what a lot of people struggle to differentiate and why we end up with so many literal scapes, I also sort of feel that scapers are looking too much at the big picture for inspiration, we're dealing with a microcosm and as such I think smaller details and scenes are probably more inspiration or useful to interpret. I think this is also why they best scapes have a legacy because they work interpretatively, it could be a mountain, it could be a windblown outcrop it could be a pebble on a rivershore, the literal is removed and it's embued with a spirit and charm that is easy to lose when you can only view a scape as a tree. Perhaps I should invite people to post their 3 favourite ever scapes, it'd be interesting to see what they choose and why.