Pillowy pockets…

of cloud

[ muhmah ] mamma

type of cloud that often forms on the base of storm clouds, towards the back of a weakening storm system, formed in part by sinking air

One of my favorites of the cloud world! On this morning my husband called me after spotting them, knowing how much I love them. These ones were perfection! They lasted for perhaps five minutes before disappearing.

Don’t forget to look up! The sky is but one large canvas…

Extreme…

weather.

[tôrˈnādō] tornado

a mobile destructive vortex of violently rotating winds

Every decision we make matters. Every decision from the simplest one to the most complex makes a difference. Each stop we made, every shot I took on our drive home, led us to the top of a hill as a tornado began forming. I watched this EF1 tornado form three minutes after the initial tuba disappeared back up into the cloud. It lasted maybe seven minutes until it roped out and disappeared back into the cloud. It destroyed a barn that had existed for over a hundred years. No lives lost, two legged or four.

The destination is never the most important part of our trips. I love that. And as cars sped by us parked by the side of the road I smiled thinking we’d just seen nature put on a show, and I’d captured it from start to finish. Was it a once in a lifetime shot? I don’t know that yet. But I’m glad we took the time to enjoy the moment. Don’t be in a rush. Every moment matters.

Atmospherics…

in nature.

rainbow laying on one side of mountain

[fôrˈto͞oədəs] fortuitous

happening by chance

Some days are just like that. I knew the day was going to be perfect when it began with pink fog. Chased a rainbow, and found it laying along one side of the mountain. Wildflowers, mountains, rainbow.

What could be more perfect?

The dragonfly…

and emergence.

[tran(t)sˈfôrm] transform

dramatic change in form, appearance, or character

The dragonfly undergoes an incredible metamorphosis from water dwelling larva to winged hunter during its life cycle.

This year has underscored how important transforming your life is. I’m inspired when I hear stories from people who have met our recent challenges with optimism and forward thinking.

For some, a new or renewed purpose, and for others, an ending. If you’re struggling with the latter, remember that an ending creates the opportunity for a beginning.

Life cycles…

Time…

to explore.

wood bench outdoors water color sketch digital art

 [vyo͞o′point′] viewpoint

a place from where you consider something

Social media’s full of differing ones these days. Perhaps the lens of time will show the right course of action.

Experiences shape our opinions and with every new one, there’s a chance for growth. I’m going to keep an open mind…

After all, I used to think everything had to happen ‘in-camera’ but photography isn’t a stagnant art form. What’s important is transparency and taking each image to the point where it evokes what you feel.

Now is the perfect time to explore from home.

View…

of the future.

[rəˈflekting] reflecting

thinking deeply and carefully about

I’m glad I have an extensive archive of photographs to revisit. I’m always able to find one that hits the mood for the day. A lone strip of land, isolated objects, and in the distance fog–the new normal.

Different sides…

of the coin.

purple lily with bokeh

[ˈməT͟Hərˌho͝od] motherhood

the biggest gamble in the world

Happy Mother’s Day to the women who’ve gambled and the ones who have not.

To the ones who invest countless hours every day raising and nurturing their children.

To the women who’ve chosen four-legged children over two-legged ones…or had that decision made for them.

To my mother and the other women who are still in, or have passed through my life enriching it in so many ways.

Have a wonderful day filled with love.

Between a rock…

and a hard place.

[rəˈzistənt] resistant

not wanting to accept something

The shingle urchin, or kaupali as it’s called in Hawaii, is able to resist being washed away by having superior adhesion, and a unique body shape.

We are in unprecedented times. Everything we take for granted has undergone some form of change, and each of us feels its effect differently. With spring in the air, it’s challenging to be limited in the things we can do. Things we’re used to doing like camping, attending concerts, and having social gatherings like weddings.

We can be resistant to the new normal, or we can err on the side of humanity.

Stay creative, stay positive, and most of all, stay safe.

Don’t let covid…

stop you from picking up your camera.

jeep with mallards walking down the sidewalk

[stā] [hōm] stay home

only go out for medical care, food, and essential work

Great time to photograph what your world is like from home. I photographed this pair through my window as they strolled down the sidewalk, pausing to eat worms and to check out each yard. Stay home, stay safe, and stay creative…