I’ve written before several times that it’s a good idea to keep your eyes open for possibly interesting photo subjects. One evening while waiting for supper, and as the sun was setting behind our home, my eye caught a small bit of orange coloring out back in one of our Dogwood trees. Looking closer I noted that the setting sun was creating an interesting effect on a small portion of the tree; just that part that had begun to change from Summer green to Fall colors. Grabbing my camera, which had a telephoto lens mounted, I walked out to see what I could see. The above image was the result. It turned out pretty special in my opinion. So, I say again, “Keep your eyes open and a camera close at hand.”
While I was on a photo walk recently, I decided to capture several images that had various sorts of “lines” in each composition. From my experience it’s never a bad idea to have one or two themes when you are out looking for different photography. Processing each of these original color photos in black and white (Lightroom 5) with the Silver Efex Pro 2 Plug-In, makes them much better in my opinion.
Most families have a humorous story to tell concerning events in which they were involved, some significant some not. Perhaps a few of these stories might even become a permanent part of family lore. When we lived in Stafford Virginia shortly after I retired from the Army, our grandkids were visiting and while there we had a severe thunderstorm with very heavy rain and winds. Thankfully there was no major impact on us, but that was not true for a lonely squirrel who had sought refuge in a high tree above fast flowing, muddy, brown-colored storm water in a ditch along the street by our house. Young granddaughter Jennifer and grandson Michael sat with me on the front porch watching the rain, wind, and muddy water flow past when a large blast of wind hit and the unsuspecting squirrel was blown from the tree in which it had sought cover. We stared as it flew through the air headed for the muddy drainage ditch. Thankfully for the wet and probably terrified small animal it missed the water, landed in the street and then took off running away to safer territory. That rather insignificant event generated much laughter between us at the time and it still causes us to remember, smile and laugh today years after. Besides the squirrel’s “adventure”, what’s become a part of our family lore is the brown water that flowed past us in the drainage ditch during the height of that storm. Today, when it’s raining hard wherever we are, perhaps separated by many miles, we can convey to each other the severity of any rain storm simply by saying, “Brown water.”
As we near the end of August, temperatures remain generally hot, but still there is evidence in nature that seasons are about to change, with fall colors eventually turning into drab grays and cold winter months. I really like these two images I made the other day, because when I did so it was unseasonably cool, and wet. That reminded me of changing days ahead to look forward to.
The City of Martinsville, Virginia is a part of Henry County. The old county courthouse in the city center was once a hub for activity. Today, it still is but for different reasons. Several years ago the county built a modern administrative complex some distance away, but planners and historians elected not to abandon the historic courthouse and elected to renovate it to serve other purposes to include being home to a popular visitors center. Recently I made some photographs of the newly renovated structure to shown what can be done when people care about their history.