04 April 2016
I. Shot in Hipstamatic; processed in FX PhotoStudio
2. Shot in Hipstamatic; processed in FX PhotoStudio
3. Shot in Hipstamatic; processed in FX PhotoStudio
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This post will be my last until Monday, 02 May 2016. In a week I will be traveling to one of my top-tier cities. Although occasionally I will check into cyberspace’s virtual reality, my attention and energy will be focused on a city that decades ago captured and still holds my heart. It’s a haven that is constantly rewarding me with a treasure trove of discoveries and stellar memories. Some metropolitan areas simply have it all, and this one qualifies. It’s a star that continues to shine, and shed light on all it touches.
In the Lens section is an image that I took on a recent walk around my town’s reservoir. As the sun began to set, it floated with intention through the leafless tree on a hill above me. That golden hue pushed through the bare branches, and gave this arboreal guardian a patina of luminosity and tranquility. The sunset cleverly lifted the mask of winter’s grey, and replaced it with spring’s radiant luster. Strangely, as I worked with the image, the black-and-white versions rendered it closer to my interpretation of the experience.
The third version seems to portray the layers that are offered by Spring. For me the tree is a metaphor for this season’s metamorphosis: its implications for daily life and its accumulation of the new. Spring is now in its infancy: the rebirth of the landscape is unfolding, there is uncertainty attached to climate change, the airwaves are infiltrated with songbirds, the appearance of groundhogs and other animals delight, migratory birds are heading this way.
But the beauty and mystery of this season is its attitude; fickle is a good descriptor. Friday and yesterday are perfect examples. Friday’s temps soared to summer-like 79, and yesterday the winds were so gusty that the wind chill factor brought the afternoon’s high of 36 to a cold 22.
Mostly, as a longtime gardener, it’s hard to hold back. Planting the vegetable garden becomes a steady thought, yet years of experience keep me in the preparation phase. I know that a frost can be the carrier of gloom for too much enthusiasm to plant early.
When I return from my travels, it will be planting time. I will come home to a revitalized landscape, and will become immersed in the throes of glorious renewal. It will help my re-entry.
My edits of that metaphorical tree were done with intention to show that even in nature’s strength, its fragility is clear. On the opposite side to where that tree stands (among a short tree line), the outer area of the reservoir is completely dry. Even with our wet winter, the ground needs rain. It’s hard to complain about it, knowing how many places are in desperate need. But it makes one conscious of the world that we inhabit and increasing environmental problems. The out-of-focus image was meant to show this character of Spring, and how it wraps itself around life–all life in expected and unexpected ways.
Today’s theme of nature is appropriate for my send-off into real time and real space. Nature is my muse and even in an urban environment, my goal is to discover pockets of green that lift city dwellers’ spirits as they navigate above-ground archaeology and a bustling metropolitan life.
Until my return in early May, please enjoy every moment of every day. Many thanks for your readership, and happy blogging journey or perusal of the Internet.
Tip of the Week:
I’ll be thousands of miles away from my hometown on Earth Day. So I wanted to take this opportunity to showcase this celebration that has become so much more than an annual festivity. Friday, 22 April will be an opportunity to promote a message of hope through this year’s theme: Trees for the Earth.
Here’s a quote from their website that speaks to their longevity and mission:
“We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action. In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example…Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth.”
Click here for the Earth Day website, and here for their blog. Each gives a wealth of useful information. Each of these sites provides ways to get involved, learn about the work being done, and networks to join.
Let’s make every day Earth Day. Let’s do something every day for the planet and therefore nature and human nature.
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As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.
If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
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.