A couple of
mornings ago, as we were waking up, Jeff commented that the sunrise looked like
it would be a good one.So, I crawled
out of bed, grabbed my camera, put on some slippers and went out on our back
patio to see what there was to see.Take
The sun’s rays
were great as they played across the clouds in the sky.I love the contrast between the warm sunrise
colors and the cool blues and purples of the night.
The sun hadn’t
yet peeked up over the horizon when I got this shot.I was standing at the very edge of our patio
and included part of a lovely bushy tall shrub that we have growing there.I thought it added a nice balance to the wide
open sky and clouds.
It seems that
often, right around sunrise, the air gets completely calm and peaceful.You can see that’s what happened on this
morning – the airport’s wind sock is hanging limp!Again, I included that bushy shrub as a bit
of balance for the image.
Last evening, there
was a lovely sky that only seems to occur during the summer monsoon season here
in New Mexico.The sky puts on its own
magical show –
Patches and Jazz
Patches and Jazz,
our friends’ horses, were more interested in me wandering around off our back
patio that the lovely sunset show going on behind them.The sun’s rays are outlining the Sandia
Mountains in the distance very dramatically.
Well, the curiosity
about me wandering out back is clearly over for Patches and Jazz!They are once again back to grazing in their
corral, still oblivious to the wonderful evening show going on behind them.
Here I’ve pulled
back a bit to give you a better view of the great sky we had last evening.You can still see the Sandia Mountains on the
left side of the image, but now you can also see “our” mountain, South
Mountain, on the right.South Mountain
is part of the San Pedro Mountains just a bit north and east of the Sandia’s.
Storm over the
And, finally, here’s
a view of someone getting a sunset rain storm.The rain is happening over the Sangre de Christo Mountains almost
directly north of us.You can still see
a bit of the San Pedro Mountains off to the left, and Lone Mountain between the
San Pedro’s and Sangre de Christo Mountains.Lovely evening show!
was incredible – so many different flowers and plants to see while wandering
the paths.You’ve seen orange and
yellow, so now let’s check out some other colors!
I have to
admit, after visiting the garden and seeing how well they got roses to grow, I
bought home a plant to see if, finally, we could get roses to grow.Jeff & I had no luck in IL!I’m cautiously optimistic – at the time I’m
writing this, it’s been a couple of weeks, and the rose bush we planted is doing
well, and even has a new branch shooting up from the ground!!
Ok, so this is
not a flower or bloom, but it is a very cool plant!I love the detail in this image.
I have tried
taking images of this tree bloom without much luck.This image comes the closest (so far) to
being something that I really sort of like.That is, until I take a better one!
Now, I doubt
that any flower in this garden is a true “wildflower”, meaning growing without
being sown and tended to in some way.But, these purple beauties remind me of wildflowers and I really like
In addition to
the beautiful yellow blooms, some that fell into the orange-ish category are
pretty impressive, too!
I think part
of why I like this image is the contrast between the cool green of the leaves
and the warm burst of color of this bloom!
Field of Gold
I got down on
one knee so I could be at more of an eye level of these beauties.I just love fields of flowers all in
bloom.Now, truth be told, this was a
rather small, almost tiny, field, but you get the idea!
Orange and Red
One of the things
that make summer so wonderful are the daylilies.I loved them when I lived in the Midwest, and
they thrive here as well.Such happy
As we wandered
around the garden, there were several different types of blooms in varying
shades of yellow – take a look!
looks like it belongs in the daisy family – I’ve tried looking it up and it doesn’t
say it is.A more common name for this
flower is the “blanket flower”.It’s
such a bright, happy flower and always seems to be saying “Hey, look at me!”.
This bloom is
as muted and pale as the Gaillardia is bright and loud.I’m calling this a day lily, but I’m not
really certain about that.I especially
like the sort of lacy effect of the edge of the petals
Here’s a more
traditional day lily – and I love how it’s situated in a lush green setting.
This bloom sort
of looks like a columbine, altho all of mine are finished blooming!I love the crisp look of this bloom.
At the local
nursery, there is an oasis that I think of as “the secret garden”.It is as lush as the rest of New Mexico tends
to be very dusty and dry.One morning, a
friend and I took our cameras and explored this lovely place – the next few
blog postings will show you how wonderful it is!
At the Pond
This is the
pond that, to me, is the heart of this garden.The morning we were there, we met a woman who said that she comes there
almost every morning to sit and meditate.I don’t meditate, but this seems like it would be a lovely place to do
I like this
image for a few different reasons.First, the lighting is so wonderful, sort of glowing thru the
petals.And, if you look closely, you
can see a reflection of this bloom in a bit of the water of the pond.
water lilies were not to be outdone by those that are pink, either!This pond is truly a magical place, full of
calm and peace.
One of the last
mornings that we were in Seattle, we took one of Jeff’s sister’s dogs for a
walk down a dirt road just a bit from his sister’s home.Hopefully, these images will reflect the
lovely peace and quiet we felt while walking Lizbeth, a sweetheart of a pup
that just happens to be a pit bull.
This was the
road that we walked down.I love the
shading of the trees, with the dappled sunlight filtering thru the trees.Can’t you just smell the fresh air?
I love the look
of this fence/gate?I’m not sure what it
was supposed to be, because this is all there is to it!Still, it makes for a nice image against the
trees with a dirt road or driveway alongside it.
In the Woods
I always like to
take photos of trees in the woods, and this one just seemed to work best as a
black and white image.I like the
contrast in it.It creates a feeling of
In the Trees
For this image,
I left it in color so as to enjoy the green, white and blue colors of Nature.
This image just
seems to sum up what I think of when I think of the Pacific Northwest –
beautiful, deep green.I love the
lushness of the leaves and how plump they look with the veins running thru
them, creating texture.
When we’re in the
Seattle area, very close to Jeff’s sister’s house, there sits this old rusty
milk truck.I know, to many it seems an
eyesore – but, to me, it’s one of my favorite things to photograph!This time, I photographed it, bracketing
images and then working with my HDR (High Dynamic Range) software.Oh, and for those of you who may not know
what I mean when I use the term “bracketing”, that means I take one image with
the “correct” exposure, and then take 2 more, one underexposed and the other
overexposed.When I process them, I
combine all 3 shots into 1 image.It
allows me to capture more detail in the full range of the photo – from really
bright to really dark.It’s very cool
and not nearly as difficult as it sounds, if you’ve the right equipment!Anyway, let’s take a look at my rusty model!
The colors of this
truck weren’t someone’s attempt to be creative – it’s just the effect of the
Pacific Northwest weather on the metal of this truck.And, the texture is provided compliments of
the moss now living on the truck!
Delivery is Late
And, that delivery
will continue to be very late!You can
really see the moss in this image.I
also really like the look of the old headlights, even with the broken glass!
Here’s a view of the
truck from the rear.It’s not quite as
interesting and doesn’t show off the character of the truck as much as the view
from the front.However, I like it
because there’s a sense of whimsical mystery here – why the electrical cord
going into the back of the truck?I didn’t
go up and check it out.Perhaps I was
afraid of what I would see inside!Maybe
next trip I will!
I know I included
a hibiscus image in another posting, but these two were just so pretty, I
decided to devote a short posting to them! Again, this was while we were in
Seattle, and I took these just after a rain shower (wow – how unusual for
Seattle, right? LOL!).I love the rain
drops that cling to the petals.
It’s as if the
rain washed off any dust that may have been on things, so that what we’re left
with is the most brilliant color that I could image!
After the Rain
Every so often, I
am lucky enough to capture an image that takes my breath away. This is one of
those images.And, I feel like I can’t
take any credit for it – it’s Nature at its finest.
only yellow blooms on Nancy’s (Jeff's sister) deck – she has some lovely red roses on her deck
as well!Take a look at these beauties!
I love the
simplicity of a single rose bloom and was lucky enough to capture it in this
image.You can sort of see a blurred
image of another flower growing off the deck along the wall running next to the
deck.But, the star of this image is the
beautifully perfect red bud.
lovely flower portrait of a red rose just starting to bloom and the companion
bud next to it.I think both of them are
equally beautiful – what is and what will be.
photographing this in a bracketed fashion and processing it with my HDR (High
Dynamic Range) software, you can really see the depth of color and texture that
this bloom has to offer.It’s almost
past its prime, but there’s a different sort of beauty in that.
Jeff’s sister and brother-in-law in the Seattle area, I played around with the
auto bracketing feature on my camera and combined that with my HDR (High
Dynamic Range) software to create some images that are more like what we
actually see with our eyes, or can see if we slow down enough to really
look.That’s one of the things I love
most about photography – it forces me to slow down and really see. All these
blooms are of blowers that Jeff’s sister grows on the deck off the back of her
house. Take a look ~
I really like
this image, even tho it’s not perfect.The breeze was blowing ever so slightly, and so when the software
combined my bracketed images, a sort of shadow effect was inadvertently
created.It makes it look almost dreamy.
No breeze for
this image!I love the depth that’s created
by combining images in the HDR software.Don’t you feel like you could just bend down and smell the roses (literally)?Watch out for the thorns, tho!
profile image is of a rose just starting to bloom.It will soon be joined by a few others, in
bud or in earlier stages of blooming.For whatever reason, this image just makes me feel calm and peaceful.
image just seem like it’s reaching off the screen at you?I get sort of mesmerized when I look at this
image for a while.
wandered around the Pima Air & Space Museum, I managed to capture some cool
views of the war planes on display there – even some not from the US!
really interesting to be able to capture this image of a plane – it’s not often
that one can stand outside and in front of the cockpit window!
the same plane as above, just a more pulled back view.I thought it was really cool how the cockpit
is actually below the nose of the plane.I don’t know the reason for this, but it makes for a cool looking
plane!(You’ll get a better view of the
rooster plane art in another post.)
Air Force 06
walked out on the outside lot of the museum, I was able to get this cool view
of the underside of the wing (and remaining fuselage) of a British war
bird.I love the perspective of this
this image because it’s not often that you can get the feeling of what it would
be like to have a plane bearing down on you, without the danger!
folks took plane art to an entirely new level, and their efforts can be seen at
the Pima Air & Space Museum.Take a
look at some crazy creativity!
Wild Plane Art
This plane is
very lighthearted and bright, altho the face of the plane (and the engine
visible in this shot) seems almost menacing, don’t they?
This plane is
really cool – very graphic and stark….with a bright splash of color on the
Death Mask Plane
If we were in
New Mexico, I’d say the artists were honoring the celebration of the Day of the
Dead….but we weren’t!This plane was
found in the far back of the museum lot, behind some buildings.Notice the landing gear is gone – I guess it
really is on its last legs!