Sunday, May 28, 2017

Week 21 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 141

I added a new camera to my equipment; the Nikon Coolpix S7000. No, I am not downsizing. My Nikon D7100 DSLR is still my favorite. I just saw, as I was nursing broken ribs, a need to have a pocket camera. Day 141 and 143 were taken with the Coolpix. After a week of playing around with it I was back to the DSLR.


Day 142

Day 143

 Things are beginning to green up adding some color to the previously wintry landscapes and requiring recording as I made my rounds of pet sitting and property checks. The advantage of my side jobs is that it gets me out and about when I might just want to close myself into my studio and shelter in place. But I also ventured out with walks with loyal dog, Magique.


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Week 20 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 134
Dawn
 Some weeks I do not have to go very far at all for great captures, especially in spring and summer when clouds move in and built over out mountains. The day without a cloud in the sky is a rare one this spring.


Day 135
Before the afternoon clouds moved in
 I love clouds. And on most days I can just stand on my deck and take pictures. I never leave the house without my camera because every ridge and mountain peak will create different clouds above them.

Day 136
Thunderhead building

Day 137
Noisy Sky

Day 138
Pastel Dawn

Day 139
Snow moving in

Day 140
Storm clouds breaking up

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Week 19 -- 2017 in Photographs

Day 127
 Red Winged Black Birds are a sign of spring here. But winter never gives way easily. This year it seemed more determined to stay with three days of snow. But the ice had melted on the lakes and the snow melted fast.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week 18 - 2017 in photographs

Day 120
 Spring time in the Rockies. Last week of April and the weather is a changing. Day by day and sometimes hour by hour. We had the last snow storm on the last days of April. Hopefully the last snow which matters. It came close to two feet of snow in three days. It melted quickly into mud and puddles. Why us locals call April the Mud and Flood Season.

Day 121
 Being rather tired of the stuff I didn't take a lot of pictures of it. And those I took I sought a different view of it as in the above black and white.

Day 122
 Those days without snow seemed to promise spring was going to make it. Construction and remodeling season began in earnest.

Day 123

Day 124
 Daffs have always been my sign that spring will make it.

Day 125
 Eventually.

Day 126

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Week 17 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 113
More doors, windows and openings. The door on the right is contemporary and I believe being weather aged to sell as old. It is leaning against a real old double door which is not installed. It seems to be a match of the door below.

Day 114
And next to this shop of doors is an old log structure with a window looking through to a door. 

Day 115
The facade of the shop with the doors I have photographed. And with another unique door.

Day 116
Not a door or a window but these three trees lined up like a colonnade of arches.
 
Day 117
Arches were more common in constructions of the past. I miss them in modern design.

Day 118
Day 120
The AT&SF rail station in Raton is a celebration of arches and curves. It almost looks more like a eastern mosque than a southwestern building.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Week 16 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 106

For those becoming tired of trees this week is all about doors and windows and openings. I love old windows and doors, and old architectural elements like arches and cornices. At one time I wanted to be an architect but the University of New Mexico was not allowing women into that degree path. So I settled on Fine Art with an emphasis on architecture, especially historic architecture as found in art history courses.

Most of this week's photographs are from the old town area of Raton, New Mexico. It is undergoing a revival spurred by some government grants available to keep the centers of our old town vital.

Day 107

The archway below is a new addition to this historic area. The park framed in this arch was the site from a Fred Harvey hotel which fell to the bulldozer in an era where we did not prize our history as much. It was in the same architectural style as the train station featured in Day 111.

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Day 112 is from Arroyo Seco which will have its doors featured next week.
It is leaning against an old log wall. On the Taos side of the mountain history is for sale ins pieces you can add to your fake adobe to look historic. Buyer beware because some Indonesian countries have become very good at faking old doors. The one below, however, is probably real because it is missing a piece. And the photograph is real.

Day 112

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Week 15 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 99

Snow has the ability to be able to transform any landscape. And, in my humble opinion, for the better. There is nothing like a spring snow to revive my interest in getting out with my camera and making first tracks. Spring snows are real gifts for forests because they are wet snows and add to the moisture level. 


Day 100
 Spring snows have melted ponds and water fowl pairing up for the summer.

Day 101

And they are gifts for photographers because they stick to limbs and trunks.

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Yes, I love spring snows. That said I am in the mood for spring rains.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 14 - 2017 in Photographs

Day 92
The view from my front door
 I basically photograph the land in which I live. My photography treks are within my state or the Colorado Plateau/Four Corners area. This week is all about here. All photos taken from my front door or studio deck or within five miles of my studio/home. Yes, I live in paradise.

Day 93
The mountain in the middle

No worry about getting bored because the scenery changes with time of day, weather, light, bird migrations, and animal movements. familiarity gives me the best opportunities to capture the best image.


Day 94
Stellar Jay
 I have to go up into the trees to find Stellar Jays. I live in a meadow which gets the Mountain Blue Bird and the Red Wing Black Bird and other meadow dwellers.

But meadow living allows vistas of the clouds, dawns and sunsets.

Day 95
Lenticular Cloud on the mountain down the road

Day 96
Strutting wild Tom Turkey

Turkeys are another forest denizen. I rarely see them in my meadows. But the forest is just a few short miles. And the trees below are less than a mile. I have captured turkeys walking through this grove in previous years.

Day 97
More of my focus on trees

And Day 98 is familiar subject of mine. Like my sentinel tree in first picture it calls me to record its life through all the seasons.

Day 98
Ancient Ponderosa Pine