Thursday, October 20, 2016

Week 42 - Fall, Glorious Fall/ 2016 in Photographs

Day 288
 What an absolutely wonderful autumn it has been this year. And this will not be the last week of photographs of glorious aspens and miraculous skies. There is no snow in the next seven days. But I like pictures of snow on the aspens. And the ski resort town I live near is bemoaning the warm days. But for those of use disappointed by last year's poor showing of gold on our hills this has been a banner year. And I have yet to make a trip down to the Rio Grande to take in the cottonwoods.

Day 289
 My favorite aspen groves have done themselves proud. And so has my new Nikon D7100.

Day 290
 There has been so much color that I feel impelled at times to revert to black and white for balance. Aspens are more than just color. They are delicate ballerinas on hill tops and black and white shows that.

Day 291
 And with so many beautiful trees to photograph I find myself looking for unique ways to photograph them.

Day 292
 And showoff the glorious color.

Day 293
 Or the delicate structure.

Day 294

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Week 41 - 2016 in Photographs

Day 281

We have been enjoying what is called Indian Summer here in the high country. It is that extra long fall or the warm days after a series of hard frosts. It isn't just about the unseasonably warm weather or the fall colors or the delay of winter weather. It is known for its clarity of light and water and air and colors. Great for photographers.

Day 282

 This year the aspens have been fantastic. It isn't just because last year they weren't that great. The have turned colors slowly and there has been no freezing rains or winter type storms to knock the leaves off. If you live here long enough you become a scholar of the good years of color. And as a photographer you are always looking for the best trees to record.

Day 283

Day 284

Of a novel way of photographing them. Everyone is out there with their iPhones. Cars pull over at every colorful grove along the road. The trees are always taller away from the road.

And the golds more brilliant when the sun breaks through the clouds and lights them up.

Day 285

Day 286
 Or they are set apart by the dark greens of the conifers or the intense blue of the skies.

Day 287

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Week 40 - 2016 in Photographs

Day 274

This week is all about skies this week. And there were some awesome skies to photograph. Most of these I took on my two day retreat to Ojo Caliente Spa. Getting away from home has its advantages. My new Nikon D7100 has a dawn and dusk setting which has proven to be quite useful. Only Day 274 and 277 were not taken at dawn or dusk.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Week 39 - 2016 in Photographs

Day 268
 The leaves are beginning to turn golden in the high country and a killing frost can come at any time. So it seemed appropriate to dedicate this week to flowers. If they are not in a greenhouse like the hibiscus below they will not be with us much longer.

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Day 273

Sunday, September 25, 2016

You choose

If given a choice
on how
we see things
choose beauty
over evil
over dark.

If given a choice
on what
we hear
chose kindness
over rudeness
over screams.

If given a choice
Speak of beauty
Sing in tune
Focus on
the positive
and give all
the same choice.

J. Binford-Bell
September 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Week 38: 2016 in Photographs

Day 260

Lots going on in the fall. It gets busy in a resort area even while the tourist season is ramping down. It is when everything we have not had enough time to get done stacks up with everything which has to be done before winter. Photography becomes my escape from the busy, busy, busy list of things to do. Remind me of that when I gripe about what did not get done before the snow flew.

Day 261
But it is so beautiful now. Each day seems to bring new changes in the colors and the light, and in the activity of birds and animals also preparing for the change of seasons.

Day 262

When I doubt this habit of posting a photo daily through the year I just look back at the folders for each week of previous years and see them as a visual journal of life. Of my life. And the living things around me.

Day 263

The Iceland poppies were a surprise this year. It took me a while to remember scattering seeds a couple years back. So their blossoms this fall were a gift.

Day 264

As are the skies this transition period between summer and fall.

Day 265

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Week 37 - 2016 in Photographs

Day 253

A week in the neighborhood. Wasn't aware most of the pictures I posted in the 366 Day photographic challenge this week were in my neighborhood. Six of them were taken on the morning walk with my dog. Photograph 253 was on a drive to Eagle Nest and so only 10 miles from my house.

Day 254
 Photo 254 was a reflection in my studio window at the end of a morning walk. I think my grim expression was just concentration. As the days move toward winter there is a change in the morning light. Photography is all about light as so familiar things I pass on our walk(almost always at 8) look different. Like the old rail fence just down the road.

Day 255

 Or the house at the end of the road. Especially in morning fog. It is a vacation home and yet of late nobody seems to vacation there. If I let my imagination stray I think of it as sort of haunted. A house without an owner because they died somewhere else. 

Day 256
 And of course there is the Sentinel Pine just across the road from me. On this occasion it was without its usual ensemble of crows, magpies and a hawk or two. Out on the evening hunt I suppose. I think the afternoon rain storm had just passed and I was standing on my driveway checking on the status of the sunset.

Day 257
 And the photograph below is of the same tree from a different perspective and at sunrise. Magique and I have taken to some of our older and more strenuous walks now that we do not have to gauge them for a very old poodle. Mardi loved her morning walks to within a couple days of her passing. She, however, chose the route and they did not include hills.

Day 258
 I conclude the week's review with morning light on yellow wildflowers. They are Cowpen Daisies I believe. 

Day 259