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Storm Light

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Photographs featuring storm light can be planned, but often they occur by happenstance. You’re in the middle of a storm, but it passes through and the sun comes out behind it. Such was the case when Mary Ann Whitley was taking a break at work following a storm and captured this image of the gold budding trees against the back of the storm.

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June 16, 2017 at 6:40 am

I Didn’t Follow My Own Rules But Got the Photo Anyway

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I wrote a while back about how when I’m traveling by myself I’ll have my camera bag on the passenger seat and the camera turned on in case I see something I want to photograph.

The photograph above was made on one those trips when I was not following that rule. My camera bag was in the trunk and the camera was turned off.

I had stopped at a convenience store to buy a newspaper to read while I had breakfast at Bob Evans restaurant near Burbank, Ohio, just off Interstate 71.

I was en route to Columbus but didn’t expect to make any photographs until the afternoon. As I came out of the convenience store, I noticed a nice looking sunrise. It was just before 7 a.m.

I could have photographed it from the convenience store, but poles and wire would have cluttered the shot. I got in my car and began driving down a rural road toward the sunrise.

I pulled into the truck entrance at one of those massive truck stop complexes you find along the interstate highway system and raced to get my camera out in time.

The sun was partly obscured by a cloud. When I first spotted the rising sun it was a whole orb. But not now.

Nonetheless, I liked the colors and even the play of the sun with the clouds. You could say I traded the clutter of poles and wires for the clutter of trees, but the latter occur naturally, which gives the image a more authentic look.

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April 28, 2017 at 4:53 am

Easter Colors

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Spring is a colorful season with bright colors on flowers and flowering trees. In the middle of spring is Easter with its own colors that adorn Easter eggs and Easter basket candy.

For Easter Sunday 2017, I decided to photograph some of the flowers in our yard. The top photograph is a lone hyacinth that has been blooming for several days.

I am using it as a stand in for an Easter lily. In my younger years, we would drive to St. Louis to spend Easter at the home of my grandparents.

Before leaving we would stop at the store to buy a lily to take to grandma. Those trips ended years ago and my grandmother is long since deceased. But whenever Easter rolls around I still think about lilies.

By using my imagination a little, I can see the flowers of this hyacinth resembling those Easter lilies we used to take to my grandmother.

In the middle is a grape hyacinth. I’m told the name comes from the fact that the flowers resemble grapes. Maybe so, but I like the color purple.

Again, going back to my childhood days, my Easter basket often had jelly beans and my favorites were the purple ones.

Finally, what is spring without tulips? The color yellow is used for a type of candy called Peeps. I’m not really fond of them, but they are a part of Easter for some people.

A Spring Morning on the Lake Michigan Shore

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Spring had sprung in Chicago along the lakefront. How’s that for cliched writing? But its true. There were lots of flowering trees with white and pink blossoms.

Although it was the middle of May, it still wasn’t the boating season. And it was a weekday so that is why there are so many boats moored in the water along the Lake Michigan shore.

It was, though, a good day for a jog along the lake for some people.

It wasn’t, though, the best day for photography. As you can see if was mostly cloudy. But I was there, the blossoms were in full bloom and capturing spring is such a small window.

But you can’t have April showers and May flowers without clouds, right?