Clouds in my Coffee

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cloudview4I confess.

I have a cloud fetish.

I’ve known about it for a really long time.  I simply can’t help myself.

I’ve even stopped trying.

But surely you can understand my afflictionLOOK AT THESE CLOUDS!!!!!

Are they not incredible?  Is the color not amazing?  Are these not the most beautiful clouds you’ve ever seen  i-n   y-o-u-r   l-i-f-e ???

Well then… are they at least, the most beautiful clouds you’ve ever seen today??

Humor me.

And to make it even more incredibly, amazingly, unbelievable…these clouds were shot through a really dirty car window while traveling roughly 80 mph.

I didn’t tweak the color at all – these are straight out of the camera.

Seriously…these clouds really are beautiful – don’t you think?

What I was born for.

Every day

I see or I hear


that more or less

kills me

with delight,

that leaves me

like a needle

in the haystack

of light.

It is what I was born for – –

to look, to listen,

to lose myself

inside this soft world – –

to instruct myself

over and over

in joy,

and acclamation.

Nor am I talking

about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,

the very extravagant – –

but the ordinary,

the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar,

I say to myself,

how can you help

but grow wise

with such teachings

as these – –

the untrimmable light

of the world,

the ocean’s shine,

the prayers that are made

out of grass?

(“Mindful” Poem by Mary Oliver)

(“Through the Windshield” Image made while driving through Rocky Mountain National Park)

I Heart Trees

(One of the infrared images I took a few weeks ago at a park in Austin, Texas.)

The branches in this particular image left a negative space in the shape of a heart…and I decided coloring it in would be a good way to express my love for trees.

Just for fun.

Infrared Inspiration

I was fortunate enough to get to spend a few minutes at a lovely park this weekend…and luckily I had my favorite camera on hand.

This is just the kind of scene I love to photograph with my infrared camera!

Smoky Mountain High

Still on one…


I love browsing through old images – and when I say ‘old’ I don’t mean vintage necessarily  – I mean images I’ve taken fairly recently – or even a couple of years ago.

I find it helps to revisit these digital albums from time to time – its just another chance to be reminded of special places and special times…

This is another image taken on an old homestead in the Smoky Mountains – I love the simplicity of this image – and the sentimentality.

Yesterday’s image was taken in the same area.



Memories from a Smokey Mountain

The Oak Tree

The Oak Tree.  By Matsuo Basho
The oak tree:
not interested
in cherry blossoms.
These images were taken from the parking lot of a hotel in Austin, Texas recently.
I love how the (infrared) camera interpreted the scene.

A Day Among the Trees

I’ve passed this stand of cedar (?) trees along the interstate so many times, I can’t even remember…and each time I say ‘next trip I will stop!’.

It seems the time of day was never quite perfect, or I’d already passed the exit that I needed to take and it would just be too much trouble to go all the way back …or I wasn’t by myself (and few people understand my need – or the time it takes – to photograph).

This time the sun was cooperating, I was by myself and I took the time to turn around and go back to the exit I’d missed.  Because I also remembered (and learned the hard way) that sometimes when you ‘go back’ the subject is no longer there!

I always refer to this stand of trees as a ‘pod’ for some reason – they almost look to have a social order.

Taken with my converted (infrared) camera.

Blue Cowgirl Dreams

shot while on location…

hmmm…wonder where that might be??

Infrared photograph of a store window reflection – street scene in a historic downtown – somewhere.

Hope you’re having a great Memorial Weekend too!