Down the street from yesterday’s photo there was one of those groomed green grass spaces with this beautifully blooming tree. I made this image admiring the tree and the blue sky. I went for a little walk and when I returned there was a beautiful Harley Davidson Motorcycle with a sidecar and under the tree was the rider lying in the grass looking up at this same scene.
If the weather is as nice today as it was then I will make a point of finding my own quiet place to daydream, even if it is only for a moment. A short daydream is better than no daydream.
Sometimes an adventure of discovery doesn’t need to be to far away places. I find it amazing that I have lived in a city for what seems to be forever and I am constantly finding new places I have never been. As I drive around I look at all the little business that are in far away corners. These can been auto repair shops, family run restaurants depending on a bustling industrial area and even the, what seems to be misplaced, local pet groomer. Many of these places have nicely groomed boulevards and large shade trees. You will see people sitting at them having lunch or reading a book. An oasis to a busy work day.
As the bees arrive to the hive there “pants” are full of pollen. Busy as a bee is so true. They must continue to work so the Queen and the hive survive.
A new building a few blocks from my office is getting its skin. The glass is amazing. It curves in and out creating fantastic reflections. I the center-right of this photo a complete building is reduced to a long narrow reflection because of the extreme curve in the glass. Someone made the decision for this added expense of making a curved glass clad building instead of a square or rectangular building. I am sure the cost for that decision is very high but the pleasure people will get watching the reflection change as the move along the street will be priceless.
As I walk down the sidewalk I may look like I am up to something (bad). I am looking around much more than the other people on the street. Well I am only looking for a good photo opportunity. I find that if I look around, up & Down and sometimes even behind me I see something of interest.
This day I was walking and talking with someone else. We stopped at a red light waiting for the walk signal. As we stood there I was looking around and found these two guys hanging around washing windows. I had to take a few steps back to get them to silhouette against the sky. I made a few images and continued on. I did notice after I made this image more people looked up to see what I was interested in. Hopefully they found it interesting too.
Looking at a new Building through an old sign on a walk in the sun. It is the old and the new that makes me notice how they clash or compliment each other. In this city there is no shortage of old and new and sometimes the old is removed to make room for the new. I think some would call that progress.
Retreating on a rainy weekend to the garden center. It was full of colourful plants and warmer/dryer than outside. The garden center is fully stocked for the upcoming growing season. Of course there are plants everywhere but there are also pots, watering cans and these watering wands. The repeating patterns of colours and shapes was fun to photograph. I might make my way there another day to make some more images.
A while back I posted a photo looking up at these stairs. I was standing on that grey floor way at the bottom. This is the view from a few floors up. As I said before I like the composition opportunities that these kind of stairs give. I could spend a lot of time trying different angles from different levels . When I do that I tend to get odd looks from people going up or down the stairs.
The May long weekend is considered the first camping weekend of the year. It is also the weekend that it often snows in the mountains (on the campers). This year it was cold and snowing in the city. Many of the trees, bushes and plants bowed down to the snow. Lucky for the plants the snow did not stay long and didn’t damage any of the trees or plants.
As the snow ended I headed out to create some images of the rain and snow. This is one of the soon to blossom Peonies in our yard. The rain beads on this bud and magnifies what is beneath the droplets. I find macro photography a great opportunity to slow down and observe what many do not see.
I have mentioned before that I find light fascinating. If there was no light there would be no photographs. On the same note if there were no shadows there would be no photographs. A delicate balance of light and shadow create photographs and if you get it just right you could have a great photograph. I strive for that, looking for the balance of great light, great subject and some darkness/shadow. It is not always easy to find this trifecta but that is what makes photography interesting for me, the never ending pursuit of improving my craft.