My best friend is a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Through the society she’s helped me to appreciate the wide diversity of clouds. One of the more rare formations is created by the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability. It results in a wave formation with surprising regularity and form. We saw something that might be Kelvin-Helmholtz while in southeastern Michigan.
After 7 hours in 2 big aluminum tubes and a long drive we are back where we started to visit with family & friends. We had dinner near by our hotel and were greeted by the sunset above. My other first impression is that it’s soooo greeeeen. As a Californian used to “golden” hills, it’s hard to believe the abundance of green.
As I learn more and more Photoshop & Lightroom techniques the work of restoring older photographs has become easier. This photo is of my dear wife and her family as they came to America on the SS Maasdam or Ryndam (we’re not sure which name is correct) out of Rotterdam. She’s the cutie in dark glasses. Bringing it back to B&W from the yellowed print was easy enough and bringing out more detail made it look almost new.
Bluebirds have always been elusive for me. I catch sight of one and in a flash it’s gone. On a recent trip to Heather Farm Community Park I got a chance to get pretty close. A long lens helps. I was grateful. Oddly enough when I got home and set to work on my camping trailer, a Bluebird alit on the fence just outside the window. He kept flying into the window with a thump. When I looked outside I noticed that the windows are mirror coated so I surmise that he was attacking what he thought was an intruder. Later, I caught him on the handle of a wheelbarrow.
Around the June lake loop lies Silver Lake and Rush Creek that feeds it. We were looking for reflections and this jumped out at us after 2 hours of tramping around. The color was close to being “peak” but not quite there. I was particularly happy with the way the sunbeams came out.
As a last hurrah before my knee surgery, my son and I camped for 4 days at June Lake in the eastern Sierras. Our object was fall color as the Eastern Sierra has the most of what passes for Fall Color in California. As I turned out, most of our favorite images were of other things. Continue reading →