28 March 2016
I. Taken in Camera+ and Post Processed in Polamatic
Taken in Camera+ and Post Processed in iColorama
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Because spring appeared weeks early, nature is trying to adjust. And human nature is enthusiastic with this unexpected arrival. It’s a moment of effervescence. Maybe Mother Nature heard our cry for renewal and rejuvenation.
Last night one of the early signs of spring appeared with its intriguing ritual: the vocal cadence of a red fox in the depth of nighttime. I know that barking sound is specific to that fox, just like my voice is unique to me. For over ten years my slumber has been disturbed by his vocal presence moving across my property, and it is an EVENT. Well, maybe it’s him or one of his offsprings journeying through my cultivated and wild habitats. This barking, rasping lasts for weeks into the season.
The first year astounded, and subsequently has not diminished my response. That sound, that unequivocal seduction makes me smile. I wonder where his winter hide out is located. There are options: a tiny city park (uncultivated and wild), which is across the street and mirrors my property, can serve as a perfect den for foxes. Not a mile away is the White Clay Creek that is lusciously full of woods, and habitats galore.
During these early lyrics of spring that fox is marking his territory in search of a mate to fulfill his legacy. I considered the past, and realized that last night’s oration was decidedly different. The length of that raspy barking lasted at least 15-20 minutes, compared to maybe 3-5 in previous years. And this fox is so close to me, moving with assurance and determination directly outside my bedroom windows.
Even with the disturbance of my deep sleep, I was amused and elated. Even with the length of those recognizable sounds, my smile pushed itself forward with every vocalization. Dreams returned. In the morning the memory was strongly present, a sort of bubbly feeling that the landscape was about to be a kaleidoscope of invention. Maybe even the teeny tiny imprints of “my” fox’s pups.
I will never see them, because they appear well after sunset. Still, the knowledge of their presence satisfies inwardly.
Spring offers a myriad of opportunities. The change in the sun’s angle brings some splendrous sunsets–sunsets that defy one’s imagination.
My town has a perfect location to watch sunrises and sunsets: a reservoir situated above the panorama of the cityscape where a walking path allows for serene contemplation and quietude. Photographers can be found marching up the hill a half hour or so before sunset to capture a day’s unexpected spectacle, whatever its effects.
In the Lens section is an image that I took this past week as the sun easily entertained all that were present. It is shown in two post-processing apps: Polamatic and iColorama. Each with my gentle editing to give more feeling of the drama realized in real time.
After a profoundly grey winter the sunlight of spring distracts from the world order and disorder. It pushes the heart and mind to be on alert for what is to come. It pushes our soul to re-imagine what can be, because nature’s unfolding is occurring daily in our visual gaze. But also many, many changes are unheard, unnoticed, unseen.
Tip of the Week:
While the arrival of spring-like temps and its legacies is enough to pump our adrenaline, there are many other aspects to this season that remain remote and undetected by human observation. To inspire you further, I recommend to those who are experiencing spring and those who live where other seasons are occurring, to peruse the article from The New York Times, “Recognizing Spring Scientifically,” by Nicholas St. Fleur (Really, that’s his name, and he’s writing about spring flowers peeking outward and upward.) from 25 March 2016. Days ago I knew the theme of my Pens section for this post, this article is an apt addition. It also can give credence to the kinds of visuals and words that provide inspiration for our own images.
The article is organized by various signs of the season such as: The Season’s Bluest Color, The Changing View From Space (If you do nothing else, watch the way the planet turns green in the Northern Hemisphere.), and Playtime for Fox Pups (Yes, coincidentally, the article has a section about the appearance of fox pups.). For the other signs, go to the website, here. Enjoy.
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1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.