Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mish-Mash Photography

My camera is always full of varied images -- of course there're the dogs and the flowers and the sunrises -- I can't help it; they're always calling out to me. But then there're some other shots . . . quirky, idiosyncratic . . . like this big A, hanging outside my workroom window. I picked some dead leaves off a house plant that sits in this window and, since I have an aversion to throwing plant materials in the trash and since the window has no screen, I lowered the window from the top and tossed out the few leaves that they might fall to the earth below and thus return to the soil.

Only they didn't. They just hung there, caught in a spider web and forming an A. So what I want to know is, should I take this as a Sign? And if so, what does it mean?



And then there's this treetop tapestry -- not a very exciting picture but just look at all those different colors and textures! I spent a long time thinking you had to have flowers to make the landscape interesting but really, flowers are just the exclamation points; it's the foliage that paints the big picture.
There are images that remind me I want to improve my photography . . . like this humming bird. I'd like to do better than just the silhouette. Oh dear, that means more time sitting on the porch, sitting and watching and waiting. A tough job but . . .

And finally, this. Is it a comet? A microscopic something or other?

Nope. It's last night's moon. It winked at me from behind the trees on the ridge to the south and made me think of a senorita with a black lace mantilla, half-covering her face. There was no time to set up a tripod as the moon would rise clear of the trees in a few seconds. But even though I steadied the camera on the window frame, just pushing the button made the picture swerve.


I kinda like it though.
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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

We're back from the Ecuador trip, and wow, did we see and photograph hummingbirds! Activate the flash on your camera, even if there appears to be plenty of light. It may help stop the wing motion and illuminate more of the glossy feathers.

Connie

Vicki Lane said...

Thank you, Connie! Will you be putting some humming bird pictures on your website? (Folks, Connie's a professional nature photographer and a neighbor -- if I had more time, I go take one of her workshops (of which, more later.)

Susan M. Bell said...

Bakersville's new courthouse is up on a hill, and a great place to get photos...wonderful view of the town and mountains all around. My husband and I went up there one night to take some photos of the town's lights and such. The blurred images were some of our favorites; all multicolored and such. Beautiful.

Vicki Lane said...

My webmistress has taken some terrific, very impressionistic, photos of autumn foliage from the window of a fast moving car. Don't try this alone.)

Susan M. Bell said...

Sorry, me again. Meant to comment on the "A" in your window. Have any book titles starting with that letter in mind? Know anyone whose name starts with "A?"
Well, I don't entirely believe in signs in general. Maybe it's whatever you make it. Sure gets the imagination to working. (Maybe it's the spider's fault. You may have a lazy Charlotte.)

Vicki Lane said...

I did think of Charlotte's Web. But the only A word that came to mind was Addled.

Fay said...

ANOTHER BOOK!!! DUH!

Vicki Lane said...

Always Authoring Another Amazing Action-packed Appalachian Adventure.

Pat in TN said...

HAHAHAHA!!! I like that Vicki!!!

Vicki Lane said...

Awesome Affirmative Answer