The forecast said rain for a day. Three days later it was still raining. Days and nights filled with the sound of thunder, rain pelting on windows, dreary skies that make day seem like night.
Simple streetlights transition from authoritative spheres of color into penetrating beams of red, yellow and green pouring color along roadways and sidewalks. Headlights and streetlights drip in shades of yellow and white, tail lights pulsate cherry red bursts throughout the scene.
People bustle along hidden under canopies of octopusing fabrics, intermittently wrestling with them when wind gusts defy the very structure of their essence, inverting their tentacles and turning them from cozy shelters of protection into skewers of litigation, rendering them useless for their intended purpose.
Stop in the skyway with me. Disregard the passersby hurrying to work. Pause for a moment and take a look.
Originally published Nov. 29, 2012
A couple of years ago I went out to my Uncle’s place in the country to photograph the full moon coming up over the corn fields.
To get to his house I have to drive down a very long, usually dry and dusty road. It’s one of those old gravel roads. The kind where you better roll up the windows and turn off the vents or the car will fill up with dust and you might be coughing by the time you get there.
As luck would have it, the weather turned and it proceeded to rain for 2 days straight. I’ve never seen it rain that much in a 2 day period. The normally dry and dusty road was starting to wash out in spots.
Generally, the house rules are that the dog is allowed inside but the cats are not. While waiting for the skies to clear up, which it did not until after I left, I couldn’t help taking a picture of this little cat hoping for a break from the cool rain.
It sure seems to speak volumes. It might make a cute greeting card!
Originally published Apr. 15, 2012
Spring season has finally arrived in Minnesota and the time is perfect to capture it. Fall comes easy with its bounty of colorful leaves and the brilliant blue of the October sky. Winter possesses its own attributes with snow and the transformative ability to appear as blizzards, icicles, hoar frost or a blanket of glitter. The fact that snow glitters, well, I have a thing about glitter and so it gets a lot of bonus points in my book for that reason alone. Summer of course graces us with green foliage, flowers, stormy skies, and a proliferation of life everywhere we look.
As a landscape photographer, I find Spring to be a more challenging season to photograph (at least in MN) with the exception of ice out on the local lakes. It is much easier on a macro scale – tulips budding and spreading their petals to bathe in the sun, baby leaves sprouting from twigs, a mother bird sitting on her nest, raindrops and puddles, a groundhog peeking out from his or her winter home, crab apple trees blossoming with white and pink flowers, and fiddleheads uncurling.
Maybe that is the gist of things – new and young and somewhat solitary and meek, until they prosper and flourish as one – growing and spreading into clusters, fields, and forest canopies.
The other challenge with Spring is the wind and when you are photographing up close, everything needs to be as still as possible. So when those windless days present themselves, nature photographers must act quickly or face resorting to a bag of tricks to keep things from blowing around.
My upcoming blog schedule includes: The Chinese Year of the Dragon and Tom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen; Motorcycles, the State Fair and Count’s Kustoms; Women In Photography; Minnesota’s Statehood Day; and another round of Ernst Haas’ thoughts on photography.
I hope you will visit again and in the meantime that you are enjoying Spring wherever you are.
I am a photographer who lives in Minnesota. I blog about Minnesota, photography, music, food and miscellaneous topics.