Today I got up and cleared some old images from my memory cards and charged the rechargeable batteries for my camera. It was supposed to be overcast with showers this morning but it really couldn’t seem to make up its mind. While I couldn’t see the sun it was apparently there anyway. We had a wide rainbow under cloud cover. The sun broke through occasionally and I talked my friend Will Henderson into letting me shoot some simple portraits of him. I shot Olympus RAW format ORFs and some are below this text. I didn’t want anything too fancy – just reference images. They turned out alright.
Seasonal shift is happening here in Southern Arizona and I’m seeing more atmospheric effect lately. There was a fresh snow on the Catalina Mountains and Mount Lemmon last week and it is gone. Just passing through. Could be thunderstorms just about any day. Or… we could see snow showers again. Volatile, unstable, air mass.
Meanwhile – some of the Mesquite trees are blooming and the recent rains have the desert greening up and leaves coming out. Mockingbirds are joining the Hummingbirds that have been a little agitated for maybe a month. Temperatures could be up – cooking out there again… a reminder that we are in the Sonoran Desert. I even used my Weber grill Sunday night and cooked up some hamburgers.
I think that our skies need to remind the F-22 fighters that they are only borrowing a little real estate… We do indeed know who is really in charge. It is awesome.
Further East the whole area is waking up and soon the tornadoes will be numerous in the clash between seasons. Along the East Coast, Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for a second round of strong weather following last week’s Nor’Easter.
Been going to training from lunchtime to 11:00 PM and I’m running tired. But I still draw. Trying to draw daily. Got off track when I was working and I need to just keep it up. There is really nothing that I’d rather do. But I have to pay the rent first. Yep. Have a number of pieces started. Thinking about the better options in WordPress. I really like WordPress.
After seeing the advertisements for Painter 2018, I thought I’d like to try the latest version of the Corel product. I was fortunate to have my work selected to show what a Stylus can do. The product is very nice for working to emulate all variety of media. I know that I have every color of the rainbow but somehow I still enjoy the simplicity of black and white. These images are in the Welcome Book when you open the program.
I’d been looking through a bunch of historic photos and I decided to see what Winchester and Remington Arms Companies had for Advertising those bygone days of big game buffalo hunting. Nothing that I saw concentrated on the Buffalo. Looking at more photos showed enormous piles of buffalo skulls and deep piles of hides ready for market. There was a lot of waste for sure. These were amazing times with conflicting events. First airplane flights were being made while buffalo were still being indiscriminately harvested. America was surging forward and we all thought we’d never run out of Rubber Trees or Beaver skins or Buffalo? We’d seen photos of Buffalo herds so large that they eluded description. Run out of these things? Sure… Just like we’ll run out of clouds in the sky. It didn’t seem very likely. Ladies hats and Herons or Egrets… Surely we’d never run out of these vast natural resources. Redwood forests. Carving homes out of the wood of a single giant. Keep the coal coming too. We’ll need to make more rails and power those trains that will bring our bounties home. Take it all and don’t put any back. Living off the land. The dust bowl. Take. Take.Take.
There was and is a romance to hunting and fishing. The guy against the elements. Doing battle with the beast and bringing it home for dinner. Squirrels and Rabbits in West Virginia or Whitetail Deer or Black Bear. Opossum and Raccoon. We could never run out of all this stuff. Could we? Greasy luck to Whalers!
Salmon in the Northwest and Alaska. Vast stores. Canneries. Thank goodness we learned how to grow Corn and really grow it well. Oil bubbles right up out of the ground. How could you ever run out of that? Tuna Salad Sandwiches… Don’t have to worry about them right. All kinds of different brands right there in the grocery store. Even comes in seasoned pouches now.
I guess my bubble popped when I heard that there wasn’t a square inch on the surface of our earth that hasn’t been mapped and photographed now. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. There goes the romance of getting “off the grid.” Nothing is off the grid anymore. Every trail seemingly has an end. Things are not forever. Whether we fantasize that or not.
This is also available as a Beach Towel… How ’bout that?
I will continue to dream of the good old days when Mother Earth was a Supermarket.
She still is – but the shelves need stocking again. Innocence lost…
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It is a station worth your time and worth your donation dollars too.