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Oh, How I Miss the Hudson River


While looking for a new Windows 8.1 lock screen image, I stumbled upon this photo–which I captured in January of 2012.  I have to admit that I’m somewhat partial–but I much prefer this black and white photo to the loud splash of color that is the default lock screen image.

While I’m on the topic of Windows 8.1, I must say that it seems like a solid operating system crippled by a horrible and assuming interface.  That’s why I set up a dual-boot system with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS–a much cleaner interface and, while it’s not a perfect operating system, it’s pretty good in terms of stability and features.  If you are looking for a free operating system (and a free office experience), then Ubuntu is pretty good.  Expect a learning curve and some interface with the command prompt.

In other words, with free comes the price of a challenge.  =)

Back to the photo:  the day was filled with low clouds and river fog.  The fog stuck to the fjord and the water like glue.  It seemed to ebb and flow with the tidal river.  The breeze would lick as the fog and create interesting effects as it contradicted the flow of the water.  This is one of many images that I captured that day.  More to come, perhaps, if I can process them.

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Stunning! Then clouds moved in.


 

Woke up earlier than expected to see it take place.  Estimates were far off, though.  When I went outside to see whether weather had snuffed my opportunity, this is what I saw:

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My youngest came out–escorted by my wife–blinking to comprehend what I was showing him.

I watched, I wondered, and then I shot a few more photos.

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Clear Sky Storms


The clear blue sky was interrupted by spectacular formations that were both large and high.

Then sunset began.  Here is a large and threatening formation that thankfully remained south of our home.  The bubbles in the upper left might be indications of hail.

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April Storm and a Curious Robin


Thrilling storms rolled across Kansas yesterday.  I’m sad to know that those storms built in intensity and eventually brought death and destruction further East.

Nevertheless, when the worst had passed (in Kansas), the sunset broke through.  I check to see if there was in fact a rainbow, and when I saw the full-sky rainbow, I grabbed my D300 and put the circular polarizing filter on it.  This is the first time I’ve shot a rainbow with the filter.  You might agree that this technique works well for rainbows!

A little later, I mounted the 300mm (450mm effective) and perched on my front porch.  In a little while, this robin perched on our tree about ten feet from my lens.  On about the 10th photo, he heard the shutter, and kept looking at me like he was trying to figure out exactly what I was.

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I’m Awake!


It started snowing (again) in Kansas.  There were nice, petite flakes falling on our patio table–just enough to entice me to take out the ol’ Nikon, turn the lens around to go super macro, and see whether I could capture any of them ultra-close.

Here are the results.  They are not perfect, but they’re a start to a new goal.

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Kansas Weather at its Best


Friday night lights!

A warm, dense mass of air came up from the Gulf of Mexico. A formidable winter storm (named Atlas) was moving eastward.

The two natural forces collided over Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. The result: several tornadoes, hail, as well as massive amounts of rain and snow.

We received a spectacular lightning storm–and enough rain to cause small streams and small rivers in residential areas. Thankfully, the severe weather missed us.

Here are a few shots that I captured last night. Enjoy, and thank you again for following!

 

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Above:  Most of the lightning was above the cloud ceiling–this strike made it below the clouds.

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Above:  Lightning illuminates the angry sky.  Those clouds look very stretchy–like cotton candy!

 

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Above:  More lightning-lit clouds.

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Above:  It starts above, weaves through the clouds, and then peaks out below.

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Above:  It was pitch black.  The wind-driven rain began pelting me and my camera.  Then lightning struck.

Slump. And a spider. We’re surviving together.


1,000 views on June 9.  Now this.  Nothing.

Blog seems to now be dead and it perfectly coincides with a loss of my creativity.

However, one small happiness in Virginia is a small pet that I’ve “adopted.”  He (maybe a she) doesn’t quite know it, but over the past two days, I’ve noticed this little spider surviving out on my porch.  He seems to be happy despite the heavy rain and wind we’ve had lately.  This is one of the best macro photos I’ve created of that little critter.  Maybe someday soon he and I can get lucky and I can photograph him wrapping a catch!

And it’s a small little spider–about the size of a grain of rice.

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