“Sparkling Orange”

I guess I’m switching gears so to speak from auto photos, back to nature! 🙂 I’m in the middle of processing wayyyy to many photos from the auto show, so I thought I’d bring us back to nature tonight. To a little bright and lively color!

An orange and creamy white Amaryllis in full bloom. This is one of many images from a conservatory that was featuring many types of Amaryllis at the time. These are bulb flowers, and make a great showing during the winter here. Inside of course! 😉

Just think, it probably won’t be too many more months till we can all get outside again, and drink in the beauty of the earth, and all it has to offer! 🙂

For now though, we shall be satisfied with whatever we can find of beauty, or interest and In truth all we need to do is look, and we’ll find something wonderful that grabs our attention and then we can’t resist the urge to get out the camera, and have some fun!!

I’m sure I’m not alone in that sentiment! 🙂

Brilliant Orange and cream Amaryllis!!
Brilliant Orange and cream Amaryllis!!

“Ford Mustang” mono

Well guys, I went to the Auto show in Detroit recently. Of course the show was totally packed, and pretty much wall to wall people, but I spent the whole day there and got loads of shots.

For some reason this year I was really getting into tail pipes, or exhaust tips. Of course I got shots of all parts of the cars, and of many types of cars also.

Dealing with the lighting at these shows as it flashes and shines on the cars is a real pain. All those bright and flashing lights look great, but not on an image of a car! LOL!!

Anyway, here is the first image that I processed. It’s the exhaust tip of a 2013 Ford Mustang. I wish I could give you more info than that, but I actually don’t know more! My son was messing with the Shelby next to me, and I wasn’t really paying attention to the details of the car I was shooting! 😉

Ford Mustang Exhaust Tip

“Green Sleeves”

Well, when you look at this image you’ll probably think she meant to say “Green Leaves” instead of “Green Sleeves”, but nope as I was processing this image the first thing that popped into my head was an old English song, which many of you probably don’t even know; “Green Sleeves”, which if I were to be proper and spell the title correctly, it was “Greensleeves”.

If you know the lyrics, this image in no way resembles the words LOL, but Green is the operative word here, as you can see!

Here are the lyrics to the song Greensleeves if you haven’t heard of it before! 🙂

Alas my love you do me wrong
To cast me off discourteously;
And I have loved you oh so long
Delighting in your company.

Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves my heart of gold
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
And who but my lady Greensleeves.

I have been ready at your hand
To grant whatever thou would’st crave;
I have waged both life and land
Your love and goodwill for to have.

Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves my heart of gold
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
And who but my lady Greensleeves.

Thy petticoat of sendle white
With gold embroidered gorgeously;
Thy petticoat of silk and white
And these I bought gladly.

Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves my heart of gold
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
And who but my lady Greensleeves.

Go Green!!!
Go Green!!!

“Strand”

An abstract image I shot during late autumn. Minimalism, simplicity, and abstract beauty in one! I loved the robins egg blue background with the straight sunlit strand!

Abstract-minimalism
Abstract-minimalism

“When Leaves Fly”

One late autumn day while driving by the campus of EMU, I spotted a nice curve in this parking lot, and sidewalk on the right, which happens to lead to the Student Center.
I pulled in and popped out of the car to see if I could get some nice angles even though there were cars everywhere as well as students going to and fro.
What I didn’t think about until I got out of the car, was the wind. It was pretty wild that day! This image isn’t the one with the nicest curves, I have other ones that are much better than this, but it is the one with plenty of leaves moving around, and some leaves in the air.
You can get a good feel for the type of weather that day. Sunny, and really windy! Enjoy! 🙂

A windy day on the campus of EMU.
A windy day on the campus of EMU.

“Sun Flare” 2

Well, I thought we may need a bit of sunshine today, left over from last summer’s flowers! I don’t know about your location, but it’s cold and rainy here, and has been cloudy for a good long while!
Last summer the flowers in our local botanical garden weren’t as abundant as usual because of the severe drought, but despite that, some hearty survivors gave a good show!
This is some type of sunflower. These seem to range in color from reds to yellows. With brown, mahogany or dark purple centers, and can tolerate dry soil, and drought! Thankfully!!
I hope this brightens your day if you too are having a dark and rainy day! 🙂

A bit of sunshine on a dreary day!
A bit of sunshine on a dreary day!

“Walking the Dunes”

To start of you have to understand that most of Michigan is really quite flat. Not many rolling hills, and no real mountains to speak of. Knowing that, I was quite surprised and happily so at the immense size, and height of the sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.
I happened to be there when the weather had changed and the summer crowds had gone. There was quite a rain, and wind storm that day, but it didn’t keep me from climbing as much as possible all around the dunes. That’s what they’re there for!
You can see all the many footprints left behind from other people going up and down the huge dunes. The going up was really steep and pretty good exercise. 😉
Coming down on the other hand was really fast, and could easily end up with a person slip sliding down.
It’s a great place to bring kids though, especially ones that are tired of riding in a car. They can climb off all their energy!! 🙂
If you haven’t been to Michigan, make sure you put it on your list, and put Sleeping Bear Dunes high on your list of places to see, have fun, and catch a great sunrise or sunset too!

"Walking the dunes of Sleeping Bear"
“Walking the dunes of Sleeping Bear”

“Flash”

After the sun had set over Lake Michigan on a cool September Evening, I kept taking shots of what was left of the color in the sky. There wasn’t much there that night to begin with. There were however many types of pretty flowers all around the area.
I shot some of the images without flash, but did a few with. I liked the results of both, but I thought I’d bring you one of the flash shots right now.
The flowers have a lovely color cast to them, much more warm, and you can still see some of the movement from the wind.
The sunset or lack thereof, is more of a blur in the background with some of the color still there. Giving the whole image a shallow depth of field, and a totally different feel than the one of a usual sunset.
Enjoy! 🙂

Using Flash at Sunset
Using Flash at Sunset

“Not Afraid to Stand Alone”

On the shores of Lake Michigan you’ll see Gulls of every kind, just flying around, diving into the water for food, and walking around on the shoreline casually among themselves.
This beautiful Gull made a lovely subject on the beach. Standing alone, and still, at least for a short while. Beautiful color markings on the bird itself combined with the colors of the sand of the beach and the waters of Lake Michigan made for a nice combination.
If anyone knows what type of Gull this one is please feel free to ID it for me! 🙂

A lovely Gull standing alone on the shores of Lake Michigan!
A lovely Gull standing alone on the shores of Lake Michigan!

“Lower Dark Hollow”

Last summer, the summer of 2012, in what I call the “year of the Drought”. Many of the places I visited related to water, were so different than they were in years before!
This image is from Dark Hollow Falls in Shenandoah National Park. I started at the top of the trail of course, and expected to be met with the sound of rushing water as I went further down and the trail came closer to the falls. What I encountered instead was more like a slow pour, lightly and gently coming down the mountain and over the rocks.
I had hoped to take many images of the upper part of the falls, and the whole falls from the bottom. Well that’s not quite what happened.
First as I mentioned there was very little water compared to usual, and second, there were at least 40 people gathered around the lower falls to capture whatever was there. It was a mad house LOL!
So here is what will remain in my mind forever the lower part of Dark Hollow Falls with very little water, in the “Year of the Drought”!

Dark Hollow Falls
Dark Hollow Falls