Saturday, November 18, 2017

Summer Clean-Up
We had just finished cleaning up after the summer clearing out the greenhouse and stacking firewood for our upcoming fires in the fireplace, when I noticed a few interesting natural intimate landscape portraits.  I purposefully processed each of these with a different effect, just to enhance them!
Almost Gone
There’s a bush with a bit of green leaves still left.  Those leaves are surrounded by landscape rocks and other fallen leaves from a larger bush that towers over it.  I thought it might be fun to process this one as a poster full of bright color!
Summer’s Debris
In a slightly different location, there were other leaves that just spoke of being the debris left over from the summer foliage.  For this image, I thought an impressionist painting effect added a nice touch.
Leftover Leaves
Just off from the above scenes were some slightly larger stones and just a few leaves mixed in among them.  The red leaf caught my eye and was the focus of this image that I processed to look like a more realistic painting.
Last Bit of Green
And, finally, a “true” photograph!  This of the portion of that bush that is being oh so persistent in remaining green!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Last Burst of Color
Around my home, autumn is putting on a show in its final days.  These two images portray two very different approaches it takes…..
Autumn Color
This is autumn at its most brilliant.  The reds, oranges and touches of yellow are the traditional colors that come to mind when we think of fall.  But, there’s another side…..
Autumn Grass
There’s also the more subtle, and some may argue, the richer, colors of autumn that this autumn grass is portraying.  Which is the best representation of autumn?  I think that’s for each individual to decide!
Misty Morn
We don’t get many misty mornings here in the high, dry desert, so when we do, I love to take advantage of them and go out for a photo shoot.  Here are my favorite images from such a morning early in November.
Late Fall
When we get a misty morning in the fall, it seems especially magical to me, as the mist hugging close to the ground really allows you to see the beauty of an individual tree.  It seems to cut out all the other “noise” so you can really see the focus of the image.
Tree Echo
Another thing the mist does is give you this type of wonderful effect naturally!  I have driven down this road countless times, but this was the first time I noticed the similarity of tree shapes in this field.
Misty Country Road
This was the road I was driving down.  I love the way the mist creates a sense of mystery where is this road leading?  Kind of like life who knows where our path in life will lead us?
Back in the Past
The other morning, we drove to a great collection of some deserted cabins and old homesteads.  I decided to go with the feel of the scenes, and went for a vintage effect with these images.
Life Gone By
The bare winter branches of the trees add to the forgotten feel of this scene.  The old homestead is falling down, left behind as the family that used to live there as moved on.  But, let’s imagine what life may have been like, with children playing in the front yard, with perhaps some chickens scurrying out of their way.
Back in the Day
Back in the day, windmills were used to generate and power water wells, as well as tell the general direction and power of the wind.  Today, they are but a form of decoration on the plains of the high desert.
Foto Art Friday – November 17, 2017
There is nothing quite so still as a mist-filled morning.  And, ironically, often things are not as clearly seen as they are in the mist.  The similar shapes of these trees was invisible to me until this misty morning eliminated the other “noise” of the scenery, and allowed me to see this natural echo of shapes.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Evening Abstracts
The dunes take on some wonderful shapes and lines when evening approaches.  Take a look..
Golden Glow
Keep looking up! I learn from the past, dream about the future and look up. There's nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day. Rachel Boston
Evening Shadows
The evening sings in a voice of amber, the dawn is surely coming Al Stewart
Evening Peace
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding      Albert Einstein
Abstract Dune Sunset
Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second Mattie Stepanek
This is how memories are made... by going with the flow. Amanda Bynes
Blowing Sand
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails William Arthur Ward
Blue Dunes
Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you. I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore B. B. King
Cooling Evening
I am searching for abstract ways of expressing reality, abstract forms that will enlighten my own mystery Eric Cantona
Abstract Art at White Sands
On a recent camping trip, Jeff & I visited White Sands National Monument.  We’ve been there before, but for me, every visit is like visiting it anew.  The sands shift constantly with the wind, so it’s like it’s getting created and re-created all the time.  Some of the images that I shot truly seemed like abstract, modern art and that reminded me of some Georgia O’Keeffe art I’ve seen over the years.  Now, I’m not anywhere the artist that Georgia was, but I was reminded of her for these pieces, so I decided to assign some of her quotes to them as comments instead of my own words –
Abstract Mountains and Dunes
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.”
Stark Horizon
“It was all so far away - there was quiet and an untouched feel to the country and I could work as I pleased.”
Simple Lines in the Sand
“I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down.”
Texture to Infinity
“I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.”
Lines in the Sand
“You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.”
See the Wind
“I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could.”