A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
I'm always glad when I'm trolling my stored photos on my hard drive and come upon a treasure like these photos from September sunsets in 2010. I had just dumped these photos and left them and never looked to see what they looked like for five years. Imagine! I'm always glad I saved "iffy" looking pictures from long ago because some of them turn out to be special finds.
Now that we are back in St. George for the winter, I don't have the luxury of going to my back door and shooting an endless panorama of clouds, mountains, sunsets, sunrises, paragliders, and whatevrf else drifts by. So, I thought, what can I see outside my front and back doors to take pictures of instead of the easy shots I had in Salt Lake? Here are five pictres in answer to this question.
First, you can always "shoot the moon," and, since there is a different shaped moon every night, just look for the next moon and take a picture of that one also. Why does the edge of the moon always look like it has been chewed off?
A few pink streaks at sundown. Not brilliant, but at least pink.
The morning sun on Utah Hill. Utah Hill is a hill just west of St. George and Santa Clara. In days of yore, the main transcontinental highway out of Utah went up and over Utah Hill on a narrow two lane road to reach Las Vegas and LA. In the winter, so I am told, the big rigs and semis were lined along the streets of Santa Clara waiting for the snow to clear after a storm.
The lowly tamarisk tree, the ultimate trash tree and champion water sucker and noxious growth along stream banks, turns into a golden and lovely vision once a year and then you forgive it of all of its sins for awhile.
Just leaves on a plain little bush by my front door. But aren't they pretty? There you have it: five photos of five things I found to shoot outside my front and back door. So never say there isn't anything to photograph. Just don''t follow the modern fad and shoot obnoxious "selfies,"
What sundown looks like depends on what part of the sky you are looking at and what time you are looking at it. You might see an almost infinite number of sunsets on the same night at different times and places. And if you think you have time to grab your camera to take a picture of some spectacular sight, you had usually better think again because chances are the scene will have faded or changed in an instant. Mother Nature's artists are very fickle.