Morning clouds over Bend: Skywatch Friday

Morning clouds over Bend, Oregon last Fall in a dramatic High Desert sunrise. Skywatch Friday

Cirrus clouds over a country road : Monochrome Monday

These cirrus clouds stretched across the sky over a country road in Bend. Monochrome Monday

High Desert Clouds-Clogyrnach Poem: LAPC

High desert clouds fill the dawn skyGraceful brushstrokes conceived to flyDrifters over earthInterspersed cloudburstsDusk desert, glowing high Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Inspiration Weekend Sky #36

Day breaks and clouds wait: LAPC & Sunday Stills

Day breaksAnd cloudsWait to reflectNature’s glow Lens-Artists Photo Challenge (LAPC) – Morning Sunday Stills – Mother Nature

Watching & waiting for clouds: LAPC

Watching & waiting for clouds Turning the sky into a color collecting kaleidoscope Expressing their thoughts with fiery punctuation

Clouds in my sky: LAPC

I can be jubilant one moment and pensive the next, and a cloud could go by and make that happen. Bob Dylan Here are few clouds in my sky from the last year’s worth of Lens-Artists Photo Challenges. These pictures were taken in Eastern and Central Oregon, my favorite country. Enjoy their many moods.

Unusual Clouds Above Bend : LAPC

The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again. Ram Charan We have many beautiful sunrises and sunsets here in Bend, Oregon. Sometimes the unique colors and forms of the clouds are totally unexpected and they’ll take your … Continue reading Unusual Clouds Above Bend : LAPC

Dense Clouds

Dense clouds in the sky can be seen as an excuse to feel sorrowful and gloomy or an opportunity to reflect back a glow of happiness and joy. Weekly Photo Challenge – Dense

Dissipating clouds: Remembering the pronghorn

Sometimes you can be trudging along with a little dark cloud hovering over your head and you almost walk by something intended for only you to see. I had one of those moments years ago at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. I had been doing research there and often saw pronghorn on sagebrush covered hills … Continue reading Dissipating clouds: Remembering the pronghorn

Clouds

Clouds… Obscure what was once clear Release things that burden them Blanket the cold nights Shine brightness on what’s to come Surround us in the divine

Lighter and darker nature pictures: LAPC

I’m showing lighter and darker nature pictures to go with the lens-artists photo challenge of “exposure” this week. Sometimes I frame a shot with lighter and darker settings; other times I make changes during the photo editing process. The first two pictures are of maidenhair fern growing along the trail in Silver Falls State Park. … Continue reading Lighter and darker nature pictures: LAPC

Zigzag boardwalk: 1-to-3 Photo Challenge

I took this photo near Playa at Summer Lake in Oregon. Playa serves as a retreat for artists and scientists looking for a peaceful place to do their work. I was there for a workshop on Great Basin Natural History. This zigzag boardwalk was in a pond behind the cabins. I’ll be showing how I processed … Continue reading Zigzag boardwalk: 1-to-3 Photo Challenge

Find special surprises: LAPC & TTC

Find treasures on walks When out and about taking pictures, you never know when you might find special surprises. This delightful dragon sculpture was at The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. It brought a little cheer into a cloudy day. Though not as much is in bloom at this time of year, I was happy … Continue reading Find special surprises: LAPC & TTC

Avian sentry poem: WWP

Avian sentry alert at daybreakPerched on cattails near High Desert lakeDangerous clouds move inSurrounding himLightning flashesThunder crashesBlackbird sounds alarmProtecting marshes from harm Weekend Writing Prompt – Avian (29 Words)

In the Spotlight: LAPC

The pictures featured in this post focus on part of the picture being in the spotlight. A darker background increases the contrast and draws your eye towards the lighter part. We visited Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in the early morning. The sun rose behind the scene, bathing the steam in light. These two … Continue reading In the Spotlight: LAPC

Wyoming skyscapes as paintings: LAPC

I dip a dry brush into Titanium White and tentatively paint delicate wisps onto Cobalt Blue Wyoming skyscapes Emboldened, I fill my brush and paint curving lines reaching towards the sky

Storm over Playa : 1-to-3 Photo Challenge

In early June, while participating in a Great Basin Natural History workshop, I took photos of the storm over Playa. Playa, located on the shores of Summer Lake, serves as a retreat for artists and scientists looking for a peaceful place to do their work. They also offer a limited number of workshops. We had … Continue reading Storm over Playa : 1-to-3 Photo Challenge

Memorable moments from home: LAPC

Trying to choose only three of my favorite photos for this challenge was very difficult. I decided to focus on memorable moments from home. The first shows a glorious fall sunset behind my juniper tree muse. I like the combination of color, lightness and darkness, and texture in this photo. The branches of the western … Continue reading Memorable moments from home: LAPC

Primrose painting, photo, & Poem: First Friday Art

Today I’m sharing a primrose painting, photo, and poem I created. When I was on a field trip in early June, we saw a “field” of this plant in bloom near Crack in the Ground. Tufted evening-primrose, Oenothera caespitosa, usually only bloom at night but on that day, dark clouds filled the skies. Here’s a … Continue reading Primrose painting, photo, & Poem: First Friday Art

The path meanders haiku: Haiku poetry challenge

the path meandersup a rocky desert butteembraced by spring clouds Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #407 – Path & Desert

Dragons breathing fire – haiku: Haiku Challenge & MWM

dragons breathing fireover magical snowscapeson the edge of spring Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge – Dragon and Magic Mid-Week Monochrome #77

Diaphanous strands haiku: OLWG, LAPC, WS

diaphanous strandsa colorful serapemuffles winter’s chill Online Writers Guild (OLWG) – #242 – A colorful serape Lens-Artists Photo Challenge (LAPC) #181 – Double Dipping Weekend Sky (WS) #51

Dusk and dawn desert sky – Essence poem: WS & SM

Dusk and dawn desert sky,Clouds move on, catch my eye Weekend Sky (WS) #50 Saturday Mix (SM) – Lucky Dip – Essence Poem

Following fall close to home: LAPC

Sometimes you experience memorable moments by following fall close to home. I’ve made a special effort to capture glimpses of the season in photographs this year near my home in Bend. Fall is my favorite season! Autumn weather brings cloudy skies and spectacular sunrises that take your breath away. Trees don their finest fashions and … Continue reading Following fall close to home: LAPC

Observatory of the Past: LAPC

This observatory of the past is on McKenzie Pass near Sisters, Oregon. Dee Wright Observatory was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps to showcase the human and geological history of this location. The round tower sits atop a small hill. Here’s what it looks like when you approach it from the west. It’s … Continue reading Observatory of the Past: LAPC

A desert wander discovery: WPW

On a desert wander, clouds fill my head. A scrub jay calls to me in its raucous voice and my attention shifts. I stumble over a rock, plain and gray. The rock beckons me to pull it from the sandy soil. Just a rock, I think. Dark and hardened, like my thoughts. It’s stuck fast … Continue reading A desert wander discovery: WPW

Do you wonder when you wander?: LAPC

Do you wonder when you wanderWhere the path will lead? Up to mountains,Where scattering clouds reveal the peaks of possibility? Down to deserts,Where sandstorms expose the color of earth’s soul? Over to ocean shores,Where waves create cryptic messages in the sand? Through dense forests,Where trees of different character stand together as one? Do you wonder … Continue reading Do you wonder when you wander?: LAPC

Portraits of creatures in different light: LAPC

In these portraits of creatures, the lighting is a major part of the scene. In the first picture, a family of Sandhill Cranes struts across a meadow in the morning light. The lead bird, in the strongest light, keeps an eye out for predators. In the next photo, a bull elk grazes in a grassy … Continue reading Portraits of creatures in different light: LAPC

Pretty as a picture in the West: LAPC

Sometimes you visit places where the landscapes are pretty as a picture. Here are a few places I’ve visited in the western states that feature picture postcard views. I tell a tiny tale about each of them. Kiger Gorge on Steens Mountain, Oregon is full of drama. A giant serpent tunneled through here leaving scales … Continue reading Pretty as a picture in the West: LAPC

The Mountain from above: Cellpic Sunday

In Washington State, locals call Mt Rainier The Mountain. When clouds fill the skies and you catch a glimpse of her, people say, “The Mountain is out!” I took a quick trip up to Seattle this weekend and had a picture perfect view of Mt Rainier from above. What a gorgeous sight! Cellpic Sunday

Movin’ down the road in Harney County, Oregon: LAPC

When you travel the backroads in this part of the country, it’s not uncommon to see cattle herds movin’ down the road guided by cowboys. We saw a couple cowboys on horseback moving this herd near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll see dust clouds long before you see the animals. The cattle often stop in … Continue reading Movin’ down the road in Harney County, Oregon: LAPC

Symphony in the skies: Monochrome Monday

We witnessed a symphony in the skies over Shoshone National Forest. Spectacular cloud formations and landforms are common sights near Cody, Wyoming. Dramatic wispy clouds such as these often fill the skies. Monochrome Monday

Warner Wetlands-Wonderful throughout the year: LAPC

The Warner Wetlands of south central Oregon are beautiful throughout the year. I dug into my archives to find photos taken long ago there, supplemented with a few recent ones. You can view wispy sunsets over the wetlands in the summer. Moody cloudscapes over them in the spring. Snow and ice covering them in the … Continue reading Warner Wetlands-Wonderful throughout the year: LAPC

Volcanic views from Lava Lands: Pull up a Seat Challenge

I recently hiked the Trail of Molten Lands at Lava Lands Visitor Center and paused to take in the volcanic views. The center is located within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, a place with many recreational opportunities. I took these photos from the Phil Brogan Viewpoint. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Bachelor, … Continue reading Volcanic views from Lava Lands: Pull up a Seat Challenge

Spectacular sights seen in blue & green: LAPC

I’ve been out and about more recently and photographed several spectacular sights seen in blue and green. I thought the pictures deserved a story, so I made up a tiny tale to go with each one. At a virtual conference I attended yesterday, I learned a “micro-story” is a form of flash fiction with 300 … Continue reading Spectacular sights seen in blue & green: LAPC