Archive for November, 2016

First Look Photo: Cloudscape

November 30, 2016

I love clouds.  They are beautiful, dramatic, and no two cloud formations are ever the same.  The reason I call today’s photo a cloudscape, and not a landscape, is the majority of the shot is about the clouds, and the interplay of light and shadow from the early approach of the sun on the scene.

cloudscape

Photo Friday: A Splash of Color

November 25, 2016

I just love those photographs that are black and white, and the photographer adds a little color to the image.  As the Fall color change comes to an end, this effect is happening naturally.  In today’s photo I found a baby tree growing in a small body of water.  The reflections contrasted perfectly with the orange leaves of the baby tree.

a-splash-of-color

First look Photo: Downy

November 23, 2016

Here’s a shot I took this week.  This downy woodpecker was hard to keep still long enough, but this was the best shot he gave me.

woodpecker

Photo Friday: Recycled Material

November 18, 2016

Litter is a problem we’ve had to deal with for a very long time.  The government has passed laws imposing heavy fines, and established a time, like Earth day, to help solve this problem.  While these measures have helped to reduce the problem, it still continues.

We already know the down side to this litter problem, but is there an up side?  Nature has made use of our waste material.  The oceans are littered with ships, and other wreckage,  of which the oceans are making use.  Today’s picture is another way nature has taken our litter, and turned it into something it can use.  This bird nest has turned what looks like a plastic bag into a liner to help strengthen the nest.

recycled-nest

First Look Photo: Contrast of Fall

November 16, 2016

Every year nature puts on a show, with the leaves changing color.  Many of the tourists of Summer will stick around just to watch the leaves change in Fall.  It’s also the time for photographers to get amazing landscapes.  I personally love the contrasts the leaf change brings out.

Today’s picture is one of those “contrast” pictures.  I love how the brightly colored leaves are in direct opposition to the colorless texture of the fallen tree trunk.  I feel this contrast adds drama to an uneventful picture of a tree trunk.

fall-time

Photo Friday: The Last Heron

November 11, 2016

Every Spring we get a visit from migrating herons and egrets, which I enjoy photographing.  These beautiful birds stay through the Summer, and head back South during the Fall, when the weather gets colder.

This week I had the privilege of seeing, what I believe, to be the last hold out, before it leaves for warmer climates.  I left space to convey its lonely state, and the rocks to provide a little balance.  I also love the way the ripples played with its reflection.

the-last-heron

First Look Photo: Seeds

November 9, 2016

The election is finally over, and like it or not, Trump won.  However we look at the situation, it is history now.  Regardless of this election, or any other situation in our lives, we hold the key to our own individual futures.

Today’s picture is not about the election results, or things happening in other parts of the world.  Today is a visual reminder that we contain our own seeds of the future, and it’s up to us to plant them where we need.

milkweed-bloom

Photo Friday: God’s Fingers

November 4, 2016

There is a natural phenomena when the sun gets behind thick clouds with breaks, and casts a series of focused light beams through the breaks.  There are a multitude of names for this, but my favorite is from my favorite vlogger, Cory Williams (aka Mr. Safety). That term is “God’s fingers”.

On Wednesday I saw some good examples of this, so today’s photo is an example of it.

fingers-of-light

First Look Photo: Magic Water

November 2, 2016

In today’s first look I decided to go a little abstract.

This is a picture of a small fountain I see often, on my walk home.  I decided to give it a very narrow focus to increase the ethereal look, making it almost dream like.fountain