I often hear clouds talked about as gloomy and sad. I think they’re beautiful. The photograph below was taken using my iPhone 6 on the roof floor of the parking garage at my job a few days ago. It was a stormy, rainy morning on my commute to work that day. These fluffy clouds were the sight I encountered as I waited for the elevator. They made me smile.
I’m not sure why the photo does not enlarge when you click on it. If anyone knows leave a comment below.
This past Friday, my son had his first high school marching band performance at his school’s first varsity football game of the school year. And as a proud parent, I took dozens of photos with my camera. While there, the full moon lit up the skies along with the stadium lights.
On a lunch break, this cluster of clouds caught my attention. Reminds me of an abstract painting.
This past week as I left work and walked to my car, I looked at this tree. I’ve seen it before, and I like the branch pattern. But something new caught my attention. Look closely. You see the little white flowers starting to grow? Reminds me of our own lives. We’re sometimes so bombarded by stresses that sometimes we lose sight of the small positives that signal some grand positives and we feel like giving up. Don’t forget to look a little closer. Yay! Spring is near!
“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
-Robert H. Schuller
This is my in-law’s inner-city Houston neighborhood street close to sunset. The neighborhood is close to 80 years old. Me and my family visit my husband’s elderly parents, at least, every Sunday afternoon. It’s often a sad trip because my once active mother-in-law is unable to walk, is ill, and needs extra care. My father-in-law is still physically strong and able to care for her and is stubborn about letting anyone else help. Which, in a way, I think is a beautiful thing. They have been married for more than 40 years. Our visits make them happy and give us a chance to lend a hand where its needed and wanted. As we left one Sunday, a few weeks ago, I saw this view and snapped a picture of their sunset street. Photo taken using iPhone 6.
Posted for Cee’s Which Way Photography Challenge.
I spotted this little critter on the morning of New Year’s Day near my front porch. Despite my passing by it and unloading groceries from my car, it calmly remained there for a long while. I was able to finish unloading and go inside and grab my camera. With everything going on around it, it’s amazing how this wasp is able to balance on a single blade of grass. I guess it had a sense of when to hang on and when to let go.
“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”
I found this no smoking sign unusual. I’ve never seen one mention e-cigarettes. I took the photo with my iPhone while I waited at a doctor’s office. The walls were boring and bare except for this sign and a television, and I thought the original photo was also boring. I edited the photo using a Retrolux filter on the Snapseed App to give it a more interesting look. Below is the original photo.
This post is part of Lens and Pens by Sally’s Weekly Phoneography Challenge.
Early one Tuesday morning, I took this photo right after dropping off my son for school band practice. By the way, if you didn’t already know, Houston is often very humid. You can see some of that humidity on the hood of my car.
Photo taken using iPhone. Part of Lens and Pens by Sally’s Weekly Phoneography Challenge.
Both the setting sun and the clouds making awesome rays.
This week the WordPress Weekly Photo Challange is ‘Dreamy’:
“This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!” -Michelle W. for WordPress The Daily Post blog
Since a lunar eclipse looks surreal and is, of course, out of this world, I’m posting these photos as part of the ‘Dreamy’ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.
Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014
Between 4AM and 5AM
At 4 o’clock Wednesday morning, armed with my camera, tripod, curiosity, and excitement, I braved darkness, eye strain, mosquitoes, and Houston humidity to take some pictures of the lunar eclipse. The photographs above are some of my favorites. The red “blood moon” photo was taken around 5AM when the moon was almost fully eclipsed by the earth’s shadow. I zoomed out and cropped that same photo, and it’s the last of the three photos under the larger one. As you can see on that last picture, I think I need a stronger lens to get a clearer picture. I used a Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens. Also, I found myself trying different camera settings to show both the shadowed area and the unshaded area in detail, but I could only get the detail on one area at time. You can see this on the other two photos where only the unshaded area is visible. These other two photos are also zoom outs and crops of photos I took that morning. I figured zooming out and cropping the photos would show the eclipse progression more nicely. Despite the conditions, I think the pictures turned out alright for the first time photographing a lunar eclipse.
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Last week, on my way to work, I saw a rainbow. So, I decided to take out my iPhone camera and snap a picture. When I viewed the picture at work, I was surprised. What I had seen as one rainbow were two. When I was at that intersection, I didn’t see the second. But, somehow, the camera captured two. Do you see the two rainbows?