Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Clouds

Pretty, pretty cloud. Rolling and rumbling through the evening sky chasing the sunset across the plains.

Pretty, pretty clouds. Rolling and rumbling through the evening sky chasing the sunset across the plains. Promises of rain, threats of storms, I love you just the same.

Living in Oklahoma, cloud watching is more about preservation than daydreams. But I love clouds, even the scary ones! Between our violent weather and our amazing sunsets, we get some pretty amazing looking formations. Whether they are black and rolling or colorful and meandering, our clouds are beautiful.

On a crisp sunny day, the pillowing white formations make for a wonderful afternoon of daydreaming with your children: that one looks like a bunny or that one looks like a dragon! Whatever you see is magical.

On a overcast evening, while the sun is setting, you can get colors ranging from the faintest pink to the deepest darkest red. Colors that cause you to stop whatever you are doing, just to watch as the colors fade to black.

And then when cold fronts and warm fronts collide, you get clouds that make you run for cover. I have photographed many of these; ones that looked like a giant rolling cinnamon roll close enough to the roof of my house that I felt like I could reach out and snatch a bite. My children cried for me to come indoors, but I looked at them knowingly that if this cloud did decide to drop out of the sky to form a tornado, the cover of our “center room” would not be enough. Still I photographed.

I cannot find my scary photos, my pics are not archived that well, so its hard to hunt them down without spending hours, if not days looking for that one just right photo. But I did manage to snap a shot the other night of some big rolling clouds just as the sun was setting. These were a combo of beautiful and scary as they marked the huge thunderstorm that rolled in a few minutes after I took the images. They were moving fast and the light was fading equally as quick, so I did not have time for a tripod. Thus, these images are a bit grainy and not nearly as colorful as they were when I went in to retrieve my camera. But they are what they are. 🙂

Storm Cloud 1 storm cloud 2

Have a beautiful and safe spring!

Photography Challenge: Color

Since there really isn’t anything of color around my house right now, except for the previously posted toys, AND because I’m still having fun with my camera phone, I decided to take some images at a local home improvement store’s garden center. Even without the drought, my place doesn’t have a lot of pretty floral colors, mostly just green, because we cultivated a LOT of trees to provide cooling shade on our house against the harsh Oklahoman sun. That said, I often have to get outside my “comfort of home” zone to get anything floral on film (what do you call digital images? on data? on pixels?).

Color, color everywhere!

Color, color everywhere!

The HD feature, makes these lovely ladies bigger and bolder!

The HD feature, makes these lovely ladies bigger and bolder!

These delicate little ladies are pulling out all the stops to show us their true colors

These delicate little ladies are pulling out all the stops to show us their true colors

Like an erie spider opening up to the sun, this bloom begins to unfurl its petals for all to see.

Like an erie spider opening up to the sun, this bloom begins to unfurl its petals for all to see.

But I have noticed something about the way we humans view photographic images these days. We seem to be drawn for the over-the-top, over saturated images that come from High Definition. Is it because we view everything on HD from our computer games to our favorite TV shows? What is this inexplicable urge to change images into almost cartoon-like art? I have to admit, that I too am loving the brighter, larger than life images captured in HD. Is this just a fad? Will this too so pass? Are we as photographers losing our creative edge, bowing down to instant gratification of digital darkrooms???!!!

This bloom is similar to the one above, but the wind blew its tiny petals around just as I clicked (no shutter speed on an iPhone). But with a bit of darkroom magic, it can still become an interesting image instead up ending up in the trash.

This bloom is similar to the one above, but the wind blew its tiny petals around just as I clicked (no shutter speed on an iPhone). But with a bit of darkroom magic, it can still become an interesting image instead up ending up in the trash.

This is a copy of one of the above images, taken into Photoshop and embellished even more! Like I've mentioned before, you can't make copies in Camera+

This is a copy of one of the above images, taken into Photoshop and embellished even more! Like I’ve mentioned before, you can’t make copies in Camera+

Another dud of an image because of the wind, but the blurry, out of focus look blends well with the vintage and vignette from the iPhoto app.

Another dud of an image because of the wind, but the blurry, out of focus look blends well with the vintage and vignette from the iPhoto app.

Well, now that I’ve fallen off my soapbox, I hope you enjoy the pics as much as I did creating them!

Travel Theme Photo: Shadows

I’ve never accepted the challenge of posting on Travel Theme Photos.

Mainly because I don’t get to travel much; I want to, I just don’t have the means right now. That said, when I saw this one on shadows, my mind immediately went to some images I shot on a short trip to see The Alamo in San Antonio, TX. I love architecture and The Alamo was chalked full of old missions that caught my attention. One photo completely stood out as a perfect candidate. The repetitive arches and the perfect lighting created the most spectacular array of shadows. This one remains to this day one of my favorite images. I love it in both color and B&W.

In color; these colors are muted, almost monotone, so the do not distract from the overall beauty of the stonework.

In color; these colors are muted, almost monotone, so the do not distract from the overall beauty of the stonework.

In Black and White; I love black and white, and what better subject than an old mission.

In Black and White; I love black and white, and what better subject than an old mission.

In the following two, the shadows help set a stage. I hope you enjoy.

Hidden from the sun, dark shadows make this underground chamber mysterious.

Hidden from the sun, dark shadows make this underground chamber mysterious.

This was a walkway lining a low setting of military barracks at The Alamo

This was a walkway lining a low setting of military barracks at The Alamo

A Word a Week Photography Challenge – Wood

Wood, more specifically, bark, has always fascinated me. I love the texture that it imbues. How you can almost feel its roughness when you look at an image of a trunk, branch or even rough cut lumber.

Just a knot

Just A”peal”ing

So I’ve culled through a few specimens of woody shots to share with you. Hope you enjoy.

Study in Bark I

Study in Bark I

Study in Bark IV

Study in Bark IV

Study in Bark III

Study in Bark III

Study in Bark II

Study in Bark II

Knot your average tree

Knot your average tree

I love when moss grows on logs - fallen or otherwise.

I love when moss grows on logs – fallen or otherwise.

Nails stand at attention in an old piece of decking.

Woodscrews stand at attention in an old piece of decking.

Dripping rain off an old fencepost.

Dripping rain off an old fencepost.

Merry Christmas

P.S. Does anyone know how to make a collage on WP? I’ve scoured the site and cannot find any link or instructions?

Photographic Challenge: Light

Light is not only important to photography, it is essential! I love the way light reflects off of things or as in this photo, shines though things. This photo was taken a few years back in one of the only operational old Missions in San Antonio, Texas. It is one of my favorite images and is equally as breathtaking in black and white.

The  late October evening sunlight made this photo really "shine"

The late October evening sunlight made this photo really “shine”

A Word in your Ear has put up a challenge for readers to find photos that portray theconcept of light. Light is so important when taking photos, so really, every photo qualifies! Many readers have posted numerous photos in response but I have just one that I think is a little different.

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