Fountain Square, Indianapolis, Indiana.
It's that magic time when the sun is low on the horizon, and all is bathed in a warm, soft, golden glow.
Morning or evening, it is every photographer's favorite time of day.
I've been photographing these trees for years and finally, a couple of days ago, the light, the clouds and their shadows on Taos Mountain all came together in just the way I had so long envisioned.
Patience, luck, and an ever ready iPhone with a bit of processing with the Snapseed app, and there you have it.
PUERTO VALLARTA 7:11 am / iPhone 6s Plus
The view from my window yesterday morning. I'm still working on the surprise, believe me. If I ever get it done, it will be a surprise, for sure.
PUERTO VALLARTA 7:11 am / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed
And here's tonight's sunset view from the balcony, at 7:14 pm. Meanwhile, you'll just have to excuse me, the conversation is getting interesting, and I wouldn't want to miss a single tall tale, nor a chance to tell one or two of my own. Stories are flying around this Airbnb from all around the world!
We had friends over on Sunday and I took some good natured ribbing over my recent series of posts. You know the ones, shots taken through our kitchen window, of the two dried sunflower stalks in the snow.
Well, on Monday, at 4:50 pm, I looked out my office window, and saw this.
I took a picture with my iPhone with thoughts of an “O K, here's a view out a different window. So there.” But I had already started work on the blog of the little Escaramusita. She won. That got me going on a series of Rodeo and Charreada kids.
Then, yesterday, Wednesday, I just happened to look up from my iPad and glance out the office window. I pulled my iPhone from my pocket and grabbed this shot, at 4:51 pm.
COTTON CANDY / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed
On my way home from a quick run to deliver a new painting to Barry Norris Studio for scanning, I glanced out my driver's side window and saw this delicate pink cloud. I pulled my iPhone from my shirt pocket, and as soon as I was stopped behind other cars at a stoplight, I glanced down, hit the home button and flicked the little camera button up with my thumb. The light changed and we started moving. The side of the highway was packed with buildings, trees, poles wires, and street lights, blocking my shot.
Then I spotted a long, empty stretch coming up with just a field of sage stretching away toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Hoping the view wouldn't be blocked by poles and wires, I kept my left hand on the steering wheel and my eyes on the road ahead. I held the camera with my right hand, reaching across to place the camera near the closed window, and fired off four quick shots as I passed the clearing.
The fourth shot was the best. All it needed was a slight rotation to level it, some spotting where there was a slight reflection, and the usual mild adjustments, all done in Snapseed on my iPad Air 2.
And there you have it.