iPhoneography: Sunday sky in Texas

5 03 2018

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iPhoneography: Last of the fall leaves

12 12 2017

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iPhoneography: Birds & branches

12 12 2017

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Wednesday sky

17 03 2016

Last night’s sky was so painterly with a brilliant blue background, storm clouds, wispy cotton trails, and glowing gold patches of sunlight. I went a little nuts photographing it with my iPhone 6 (border added in Snapseed app) in a mall parking lot. Beauty is found in the most mundane places!

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My spirits soar…

30 04 2015

All through the long winter, I dream of my garden.
On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth.
I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.

—Helen Hayes

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. (Shot with my iPhone 6, processed with Snapseed2)

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Austin sky

13 01 2012

I know I’ve said it, but I’ll say it again (and again): Texas (at least for this cloud-crazed photographer) remains undefeated for stellar sky displays, hands down. There’s an amazing show virtually every day!

Photographed overlooking downtown Austin, 1.04.2012

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Self-portrait, Texas sky

7 01 2012

Photograph taken near the town of Poth in Wilson County, Texas

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Monday sky

25 10 2011

Beauty can even be found in a strip mall parking lot!

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Last night’s sky…

19 08 2011

…courtesy of Michael’s iPhone (always work with what you have!)

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Every cloud has a silver lining…

13 07 2011

Yes, more clouds! Want to know where that expression comes from? Check this site out here.

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Record shot: Sunday sunset

17 02 2011

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Cloudspotting: spinal column

5 06 2009

Key West sky photographed Tuesday, June 2, during a dolphin-watching tour

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Water like satin

26 05 2009

Sunset begins at Lake Land ‘Or © Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

The Lake. To — by Edgar Allan Poe (1827)

In spring of youth it was my lot
To haunt of the wide world a spot
The which I could not love the less—
So lovely was the loneliness
Of a wild lake, with black rock bound,
And the tall pines that towered around.

But when the Night had thrown her pall
Upon that spot, as upon all,
And the mystic wind went by
Murmuring in melody—
Then, ah then I would awake
To the terror of the lone lake.

Yet that terror was not fright,
But a tremendous delight—
A feeling not the jewelled mine
Could teach or bribe me to define—
Nor Love—although the Love were thine.

Death was in that poisonous wave,
And in its gulf a fitting grave
For him who thence could solace bring
To his lone imagining—
Whose solitary soul could make
An Eden of that dim lake.

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I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky

25 05 2009

Excerpts from “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver (my lifelong crush)

I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky
The shadows from the starlight are softer than a lullaby.
Rocky Mountain High…in Colorado
Rocky Mountain High.

He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below,
saw everything as far as you can see.
And they say that he got crazy once and that he
tried to touch the sun,
and he lost a friend, but kept the memory.
Now he walks in quiet solitude, the forest and the stream,
seeking grace in every step he takes,
his sight is turned inside himself, to try and
understand, the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake.

Photos of Lake Land ‘Or © Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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Cotton candy

25 05 2009

Another view of sunset from a canoe on Lake Land ‘Or, Virginia

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Stairway to heaven

25 05 2009

Late Saturday afternoon Michael and I drove down to join Karen and Joe at their lake house in Lake Land ‘Or. Just before sunset, Joe took me out in their canoe across the entire lake and pointed out these unusual stair-stepped clouds on our return trip. I finally learned how to paddle a canoe (thanks to Joe’s excellent mentoring) without going around in circles. Yay to me!

Thanks to The Cloud Appreciation Society, I think this cloud formation is an “altocumulus undulatus.”

I’m also experimenting with my new software program, Noise Ninja (doncha love that name?). Noise Ninja, available for both PCs and Macs, removes noise and grain, and is particularly effective with low-light situations (such as this one). Take a look at their before-and-after samples here. Pretty impressive. You can get the program e-mailed to you for as low as $44.95 (this home bundle license includes the Photoshop/Photo Elements plug-ins as well as the stand-alone program) here. I’ll play with some of my own low-light, high-noise examples and report my findings.

More weekend adventures to come…

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Cotton ball clouds

30 04 2009

Photographed at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

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Ruffles have ridges

28 04 2009

The leaves on this tree reminded me of Lay’s potato chips because of the pronounced veins. I photographed this not-yet-identified tree this past week at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Upside down swan

27 04 2009

Cloudspotting in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas, April 23, 2009.  Crazy about clouds too? Check out The Cloud Appreciation Society!

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But of course…

5 04 2009

…this lovely harbinger of spring has its own fan club—the American Daffodil Society.

And speaking of clouds (I realize this photo contains no clouds, but it does have a sky—so there’s my segue into the subject of clouds), I forgot to mention in my Window in the clouds post that there is a Cloud Appreciation Society (but of course). Their current membership is comprised of 14,384 Cloudspotters. Since I’m a little obsessed with clouds, it seems the perfect club for me to join (as if I need another hobby). Their web site is quite informative—I plan to use the Cloud Photo Gallery to identify the various photos I’ve taken on the subject. And it just so happens that I purchased the Society’s first published book, The Cloudspotter’s Guide, at the Green Valley Book Fair in Harrisonburg a few weeks ago (but of course).

I leave you with The Cloud Appreciation Society’s official manifesto:

WE BELIEVE that clouds are unjustly maligned
and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.

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We think that they are Nature’s poetry,
and the most egalitarian of her displays, since
everyone can have a fantastic view of them.

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We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it.
Life would be dull if we had to look up at
cloudless monotony day after day.

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We seek to remind people that clouds are expressions of the
atmosphere’s moods, and can be read like those of
a person’s countenance.

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Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked.
They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul.
Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save
on psychoanalysis bills.

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And so we say to all who’ll listen:
Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and live life with your head in the clouds!

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Bowtie sky

31 03 2009

Last sky in March © Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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Saturday sky

17 02 2009

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Wednesday sky

28 01 2009

The sunset tonight was stunning and I have the pics to prove it! The view out the front door and down our street was of the flaming yellow band with stormy winter clouds overhead. The view from the side yard was the sky awash with push-up popsicle orangey-pink and blue. It was all a crazy jumble of pink, gold, heathered blue, dark gray, purple and white with a variety of cloud formations, too.

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December 12 Moon

17 12 2008

December 12 moon, photographed near the airport in Huntsville

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December 11 moon

12 12 2008

Just in case I don’t get a chance to shoot the full moon tomorrow night (when it’s supposed to be at its brightest and the closest to Earth since 1993), here is tonight’s moon as seen from my parent’s backyard in the Lone Star state…best I could do with a 400mm lens. If I do get a chance to photograph Friday’s moon, it will be done from Sue’s yard in Huntsville, Alabama. Yes, this weekend I’m flitting off to a whole ‘nother state just to have tea on Sunday with Sue and her new southern friends—the plane ticket was a gift from Sue. Of course, I’m helping her decorate, and yes, I’m bringing my camera gear—so you know there will be photos of the soirée and whatever else I stumble upon!

I just saw her a few weeks ago when we were en route to Texas for Thanksgiving. We were delivering a painting for her new home. See that posting below:

https://gardenmuse.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/alabama-cotton-field-under-a-virginia-sky/

National Geographic‘s website states that “although a full moon happens every month, the one that rises tomorrow will appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than the other full moons seen so far this year. That’s because our cosmic neighbor will be much closer than usual. The moon will be at its closest perigee—the nearest it gets to Earth during its egg-shaped orbit around our planet.

In that same article, Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, states, “Typically we don’t have the full moon phase and perigee coinciding at the same time, so that makes this event particularly special.”

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Wild Texas skies

14 10 2008

I shot this with my point-n-shoot Nikon Coolpix in July and just now discovered it on an SD card while I was archiving images this afternoon. We were driving around running errands in San Antonio and I shot this through the window. It looks like an alien hovercraft, doesn’t it?

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After storm afterglow

7 09 2008

Remnants of Tropical Storm Hanna—I shot these from our front porch earlier this evening.

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