Water…

in all of its forms.DSC_8314

No water, no life. No blue, no green.

Sylvia Earle

There’s something magical about dew soaked landscapes in the early hours of sunrise.

A single leaf becomes a canvas for nature to paint on.

For me it’s almost always about the water. Where it falls, how it sounds, the taste of it, the feel of it, the smell of the earth after a rain.

Life affirming.

Drink it in.

Weathering…

the storm.DSC_8282-2A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.

John Muir

One of my favorite things about summer is the storms that roll through late in the day.

The sun slips towards the horizon amidst the backdrop of a fast flowing river and I think to myself…the calm before the storm.

The perfect time for long exposure tripod shots.

The heady scent of rain mixes with cloud to cloud lightning and the trees dance.

I shoot until the rain begins to soak through my clothes and only then do I seek shelter.

I dry off and think about the storms that the upcoming week will bring…

 

And a new life…

will soon begin.DSC_6735What’s old collapses, times change, and new life blossoms in the ruins.

Friedrich Schiller

This beautiful nest lies just outside my bedroom window nestled in a cedar tree.

It reminds me that no matter how complicated things become, life goes on as usual in the background.

Find joy in every day. Don’t wish the trying times away, they are just as important to feel as the good times.

A sign from…

the universe.

DSC_6667Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some days are just golden; almost like an affirmation that the choices you’re making are right.

A friend is fond of telling me that if you just let go the universe will provide and I can no longer argue with that sentiment.

My week-end was amazing. The weather was incredible and the lake that I frequent couldn’t have been more beautiful. Afterwards, a perfect, early summer evening was graced with clear skies, some unusual aurora arc activity, and a fly over of the international space station.

This all leads me to have faith.

Have faith and keep your camera ready to capture the moments.

 

Going…

home.June 17-1-EditThere are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.

Rumi

Life’s a lot like a camera. You can slide it onto that auto setting and accept the images that it creates for you or you can take control and choose every setting yourself.

A friend once told me that if I could only let go the universe would provide.

She got “the look” followed by an eye roll just for emphasis.

However the science geek in me loves a good experiment so I did let go.

Turns out there really are a thousand ways to go home again.

Spring’s first…

bloom.DSC_4330No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

Hal Borland

I suppose it was inevitable.

I found the first flower blooming in my yard, a variety that I’ve not seen before.

Graceful and delicate it opens up towards the glimmer of sun that has been struggling to break through the clouds.

Nature’s a fickle thing though and this morning the landscape sparkles with a layer of frost.

I secretly rejoice.

Happy Easter to those celebrating.

A slip of a slider…

becomes a learning exercise.

DSC_0368We have art in order to not die of the truth.

Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s spring and no where is it more evident than on my still partially frozen lake.

I awaken most mornings now to the sounds of the geese as they battle it out to retain the affections of their mates.

There always seems to be at least one odd man out making a valiant attempt to win over the heart of the lady goose and the ongoing battles on slick surfaces are something to behold.

Although preset packages and filters are readily available for purchase and sometimes for no cost, I like to develop my own to use in Lightroom and will often shoot images that I know will work well with those saved presets. In my mind, it adds to the level of creativity and allows for a bit of fun when it comes to the processing of raw images.

I stumbled on this quite by accident when a slip of the Wacom tablet pen threw me into more than a slight adjustment of a slider. One of those “happy mistakes” that I fine-tuned and saved as a preset.

The reminder for today is just as I preach about learning to use every setting that your camera has to offer, take that one step further and play within your editing program to develop your own unique settings. Lightroom has non destructive editing so you are always able to go back to your initial image and start over. Often I will create a virtual copy to edit with a preset. If you are working within a program that does not have non destructive editing, make sure that you are always working on a copy of your image.

I guarantee that it will spark your creativity and who knows where that could lead you…