This past weekend was such a mashup of weather. It started with an advisory for strong winds and rain. The entire day was dark with gusting winds that rattled the windows and blew rain sideways into those windows.
The next day I woke to a dusting of snow with more falling. Snow suddenly turned into wind-driven sleet. An hour later it was blue sky with soft puffy clouds.
These are the days that lead us into Spring. I spent those days photographing tulips and creating images that speak to me. They speak to me of wild weather and blue skies. But most of all they speak to the promise of Spring. Today I am sharing that promise with you.
... Beautiful things can happen.
I am a planner. I find life to be less stressful when I have a plan. But because it is life, things can go awry. Which doesn't necessarily mean that anything has gone wrong.
So when all the elements were coming together for a beautiful sunset, I grabbed my camera and headed to the beach. I made sure I was there at least an hour before the actual sunset to take advantage of the changing light.
I chose my spot for the sunset image and set up. While waiting for sunset I was taking other images that caught my eye. Imagine my dismay as the few clouds quickly multiplied int a sky full of dark clouds blocking out the sun. Within minutes all plans of a great sunset image were gone.
Disappointed I went home and looked through the images I had taken while waiting for sunset. Suddenly I realized I had a winning image. The light was perfect when I had turned my back on the sun and captured this image of the Olympic mountains in the fading light.
When plans take a detour it can be a beautiful thing.
Light surrounds us everyday. It is commonplace so we fail to see the beauty and magic of light.
When I was very young the early morning sun would shine through a tree onto my bedroom window. At a certain point in time it created the shape of a man's head wearing a hat. I couldn't get out of bed until the sun moved enough for the image to go away. I tried to show my mother, but she never saw what I did. A young girls fear manifest by the magic of light.
The wondrous beauty of color is made possible by the vibrations of light. Look around at all the color that surrounds you. Magical.
Every time I pick up my camera to create an image I am aware of the light. It's direction, brightness, and reflection are all part of the magic of light. Capturing that light and sharing it with you gives me pleasure.
Without light the magic would be harder to see. But I am sure that magic will always find a way to manifest itself.
Autumn recently arrived according to the calendar. A few days later weather here cooled and it felt like Autumn. I was able to wear jeans and was starting to break out the blankets and long sleeves. And then this week happened.
Back to temperatures in the 90+ degree range. My mood was thrown into a place of unhappiness and discontent. This is unusual for me so naturally I wanted to know why I was so affected by that change in weather.
It turns out our brains use our circadian rhythms and the length of day to synchronize with the seasons. So basically the length of available daylight is still becoming shorter, but the temperature was in alignment with what we expect with shorter days. Our circadian rhythms are driven by exposure to light.
So my rhythm is responding to the change in daylight and I am expecting cooler temperatures to go with this. I will continue to get myself and my home ready for the cooler weather because I know soon it will come and stay.
I admit that when looking for flowers to photograph I look for imperfections. Marks on the petals or petals that won't unfurl with the rest all draw my attention.
When I have a flower with some sort of imperfection I rejoice for I have found my perfection. I don't believe that beauty is the perfectly formed flower or human. Those imperfections or differences are what makes us stand out. Diversity is beauty.
True beauty is full of flaws. Imperfection creates the diversity that makes the world a beautiful place. A flower with spots on its petals or a person with freckles are often tossed aside as not perfect. Perhaps the person that disregards the flaws has a hole in their lives that will only be filled when they look at an imperfect flower and see the true beauty.
I think what we put on the walls of our homes says a lot about us. I hope that you, like me, will love the featured photograph for her messy imperfect center and the freckles scattered on her petals.
We are inundated by natural disasters this month in the US. With wildfires raging in the northwest to hurricanes in the south and southwest you wonder when will it all end.
These disasters happen every year. While most of them are beyond our control, some could have been prevented. Many of the wildfires were caused by careless humans. At least one was caused by teenagers with fireworks.
This is a time when we as a nation shine. We come together to help each other in whatever way we can. For my part I have decided to donate all proceeds from the sale of the featured artwork, in any of the formats offered, during the month of September 2017 to the American Red Cross of Montana to assist those in need as a result of the wildfires. Every little bit adds up to be of great help. How will you reach out and help?
I was in my local Trader Joe's grocery store last week when I spotted these gorgeous orange Calla Lilies. For the record Trader Joe's has the best selection of cut flowers at the best prices of almost anywhere. I often go there looking for floral gems.
As I set about photographing these lovelies I realized it was the first day of September. Soon fall will be upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, Where has summer gone?
Personally I love the colors of fall. All the vibrant earth tones are part of my favorite color palette, with orange being my favorite. They are colors that you will find in my closet.
Orange is a stimulating color. It is vibrant and powerful, but lacks the aggressiveness of red. Surrounding yourself with orange can enhance your level of happiness and confidence. It is also the color of creativity.
Orange works well with blue as the compliment each other. Since blue is not one of my favorite colors I rarely use the two together. If you want to feel more joy, warm, creativity, and balance in your life surround yourself with orange.
Orange is often a love it or hate it color. Where do you stand?
Monday, August 21, 2017 was eclipse day here in the US. I live too far south to have noticed any difference in the sky. To console myself for missing that photographic opportunity I did the next best thing and visited a local garden. I was not disappointed.
The gardens were a mix of cacti, succulents, tropicals, trees and an array of garden flowers. The variety and age of the trees was amazing. And then there were the flowers. I didn't know that Echinacea came in so many colors. I was especially drawn to the reds. There is such beauty in the jumble of colors to be found in a flower garden.
Visitors are treated to benches and chairs placed where they can sit and contemplate the gorgeous surroundings. Sometimes it is just nice to sit and listen to the silence. This is where I find the joy; in the moments of silence in between the chaos of life.
My visit was a peaceful time. Walking along the paths surrounded by trees and flowers was medicine for the soul. I hope you feel some of that peace and joy in the featured photograph of red Echinacea.
I recently had two different conversations about black and white photographs vs their color counterpart. People have definite opinions when it comes to black and white photographs. It seems that the middle ground is small, it has to be either black and white or color. Surely there must be room in the world for both artistic expressions.
There was a time when I didn't see the value or beauty of an image created in black and white. My thought was that color is so beautiful why choose to eliminate it.
Over time I have to come to see the the merits and beauty of black and white photographs. Many times the details of an image can be lost in the color. Black and white accentuates the light and shadow. Plus there is an almost timeless quality about black and white.
For me a black and white image needs to be a framed print. It brings out the elegance and that timeless quality. I hope you find today's featured image appealing. It is a lighter black and white that truly lets the details of these lovely flowers shine through.
Blue is the color of distance. Early Renaissance painters were aware that in nature the further away something was in space the more blue it appeared and so they painted the distance in shades of blue. It's an interesting aspect of blue as we look out into the distance.
Blue is a powerful color. It's vibrations lend to better communication. The vibrations of blue are cool vibrations, which is one reason why it can help to induce calmness and relaxation. Perhaps we need more blue in the world today.
The featured image this week is an abstract of the shoreline of Lake Superior in the UP of Michigan. It's a beautiful image that can bring a calm and reflective atmosphere into your home.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.