Monday, May 11, 2009
A lonely tree has some skybound companions to keep company.
Last Friday, the sky in northern Illinois put on one of the best shows I've seen all year. The sky exhibited a complete range of moods -- from feathery strokes to puffy cotton balls to ominous masses. A brisk wind moved the parade of water vapor along at a fast pace, changing the panorama minute by minute.
I had a scheduled commitment for the day, but it fell through and I found myself with a wide open calendar page. I spent a good portion of the day taking photographs featuring the shifting skies.
The Mother's Day tulip picture was taken at about 1:00 in the afternoon under wispy clouds. I usually avoid taking pictures midday because of the harsh light, but shooting up at the sky through backlit blooms made for a good exception to the rule.
This photo was taken later in the afternoon. It's a tree on a berm adjacent to a shopping mall parking lot. A pro photographer with whom I worked as a photo buyer/art director a number of years ago had a slogan, "Simple pictures are best."
I agree. Have a good Monday.
Photograph © 2009 James Jordan.