Whether to Weather

My friend, Maureen, recently asked me which is better – gray skies or blue.

Hmmm. As in all things… it depends.

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I love the dark clouds of an oncoming storm. It adds such great interest to a photo. Gray clouds are an entire different matter. They can create a washed out dull photo. In those situations it may be best to just cut the sky out of the photo altogether and enjoy the absence of a gray washed out sky.

Blue sky on the other hand can be very harsh and lend no interst to the sky… no drama or interest.

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It’s as they always say … dawn & dusk are the best.

Those times yield the best low lighting on your subject casting a nice soft glow.

Weather can yield the best photos. Dark, bloomy clouds add depth. But if it’s just gray and overcast it can create a bad photo day. Watch for the weather. Embrace it, and take advantage of the weather… it often adds more than less.

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Arches National Park

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Arches, while aptly named with memorable arches to view and walk amongst, is so much more.  It is multiple spires, hoodoos if you will, large canyons and seas of rock formations jutting out of the valley floor… and arches.

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Arches true colors shine at sunset when the colors turn a brilliant unreal orange-red.

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The rock pillars radiate as if they were on fire, taking on an other worldly glow.  It makes you stop dead in your feet just to take it in.  It comes like a storm, lights up the world, then without pause or hesitation it disappears behind the horizon until it comes back tomorrow.

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For me, I’m just happy to be witness to it’s grandeur and share in it’s awesome beauty.

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Spring comes early

We’ve only lived in the mountains with the snow for a few years (4 years this year).  So we are still trying to figure out the weather patterns and such.  I have no idea how you know when the snow is over, and Spring is on the way.  But then neither do the weather forecasters.

We got our last snow just last week, on Groundhog Day of all things.

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But since that snow, the animals have been coming out of hiding.  We have seen deer and elk in the community, in the forest, and on the roads.

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As I type this, I’m watching this little bunny hopping around our front yard looking for food.  The chipmunks and squirrels are active… and the birds are coming back.  The ground is alive with blue jays and the occasional yellow bird even.

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Yesterday we saw several wasps and bees make their first appearance.

We may have another dusting of snow still this winter… but it sure seems like the animals know something the rest of us don’t… Spring is coming.

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