When people talk of a gray day, this is usually not the way it looks, more over cast I believe. Being an early riser, this is what early Christmas morning looked like on the western slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Though it was kind of quiet and serene that morning. I like black and white photography myself, however this was shot in living color, no extra work involved.
As this new year starts I am looking forward to exploring the world of photography more. I have made a list of places to drive to in the valley, which I want to photography in the mornings/evenings. I would say 90% of them are off the beaten path on horse and buggy roads in western Rockingham County.
There are many other places in that 10% left, as I explore more of Eastern Rockingham Co. and Western Greene County Virginia.
I also am interested and it is on the list to explore the “World Beneath Our Feet” which will come down the road when I can get my Canon 100mm/f2.8l lens. Which opens up an entire new world of true macro photography.
As always you can click on the images to enlarge them which brings out much more detail in the photography over what is shown in this size.
As the Sun is coming up (what Sun)? you ask, well it is way up there somewhere, it is a knock out gorgeous day above the cloud tops!
It is simply amazing what tranquility exists during the pre-dawn hours each day. Simply sitting in the dark on the balcony each morning well before sunrise each day. There is not even a bird stirring at 4 am, magically they come alive about 5 am, then all of nature seems to spring to life the closer you get to 6:30-7am. All with the sunrise each morning. The quiet hours in the early morning really is a restful and contemplative time “ALONE WITH GOD”.
Well this morning something told me to get my camera and I would see the skies come alive and I did, at least it was a special time for me this morning. The sky changes so rapidly at times, it makes me want to learn to use the (what I call rapid fire function) I am sure someone will write and tell me the correct term.
I will not write further the pictures can say it all.
Pre-Dawn Sky with a bright moon (much larger and brighter) than the photograph shows, the first picture is the eastern sky, the moon is the western sky.
How rapidly the sky can change from fluffy and whispy pink to sold cold dark and grey blue.
FIRE IN THE SKY!
GOLDEN RAYS OF SUNSHINE!
CONTRASTING CLOUDS IN THE EARLY MORNING SKIES!
GOLDEN RAYS ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS!
There is only a day or two until Christmas day, however since the weather seems more like spring outside, I thought that I would look back over some of my photographs I took and never posted about until now.
One day I was sitting on my balcony and noticed the sun coming through the giant elephant ear leaves next to me and grabbed the camera, the sun shining through the leaves really highlighted the bold central veins but even more so the delicate tiny veins that make up the leaves, almost reminding me of waves on a seashore.
Giant Black Elephant Ear Leaves
Giant Green Elephant Ear Leaves
Also on that same day my Phalaenopsis Orchids were in bloom, actually from new flower spikes initiated this summer.