Yesterday evening, I got home from work and was preparing to start supper when I looked out the kitchen window off to the east and noticed some great light. So I put my jacket back on, slipped on my boots grabbed my camera and rushed out into the yard to capture the light before it faded.
I took all these pics from our yard.
The small pasture near our house looking east:
The windbreak we planted (several hundred baby trees!) several years ago. They are head-high now. This is looking northwest from our house:
A wren’s nest in a catalpa tree:
Our house and backyard looking west:
The driveway in front of the house looking west:
I couldn’t bend my fingers when I got back into the house as I had rushed out without any gloves, but the pics were worth it. We only get that pink/blue light this time of year so I couldn’t pass it up.
Happy Friday everyone!
Thanks for sharing. How pretty. Just beautiful.
Oh, the light in the first two shots is just to die for. Takes your breath away, doesn’t it?
That looks really cold…but gorgeous!!
I especially love the second one down. It gives me an odd feeling of longing.
I’m a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander and that won’t change. But I love the far horizons of the Plains states.
I’ll never forget my first trip to Kansas. I was travelling on a van service (the Road Runner) from the KC airport to my daughter’s new home at Ft. Riley. I noticed a distant thunderstorm and commented on its proximity. The driver glanced at me and said, “Ma’am, that’s miles away.”
Our horizons are so limited by our trees!! You have to go to the beach for a good view like yours!!
That’s something we take for granted here. We can see storms a hundred miles away. Amazing. Visit KS again soon! I must say that we have enjoyed immensely our trips to the east coast in recent years. We been everywhere from Maine down to North Carolina and never tire of seeing the ocean and all the trees.
Gorgeous! We have been getting really vivid and strong colored sunsets here in western Colorado that usually happen only in summer. We have also had the mildest winter ever. 60 degrees today. Very odd year.
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Lovely photographs. I like the first one with circle in the sky and snow. Is it really a storm cloud? Interesting. Thanks for sharing. Glad you went outside when you did. Have a good weekend!!
Beautiful. Thank you for your wonderful pictures and blog. 🙂
Beautiful photographs. I love your blog.
Just beautiful! You should frame the one of your house and backyard. I don’t blame you for rushing out to get those photos!
They’re all beautiful, but the colors in that second one……….stunning. Thanks!
Skies like that are extremely unusual anywhere but over water-big open water like oceans. The shades of purple are my favorites at the present so these photos excited me when I first watched the page load and continued when finished. Thanks so much for sharing.
Hi Suzanne, love your photos as usual. How did you accomplish your wren’s nest shot so that the nest is in focus and the background isn’t? I’ve looked up online how to do this, but there doesn’t seem to be as much contrast in my photos between foreground and background. Thanks!
Aperture setting. The more open the lens, the narrower the depth of field. So if you want just a small part of the image to be in focus, open the lens as much as you can get away with. Here’s a link to a page that explains it well: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/depth-of-field.htm
Suzanne,your pictures are amazing! I’ve never seen colors like those! So very fascinating!! I like the one shot of the wren’s nest, too. They’re so beautifully done. Do they use them year after year? I noticed you said it was in a caltalpa tree. I haven’t seen one of those for a while. I hope you’re doing well.
I don’t think they do. It’s made from very fine grass that doesn’t hold up to the weather over time. It’s very delicate.
Wish we had snow here in Middle TN. Beautiful.
These are beautiful.
Suzanne, have these been edited in anyway? I know that taking photos in the snow can be tricky because of the way the snow reflects light, but of course in this situation there is not too much light.
Either way, I love the purple shades in the image.
Hope your fingers have recovered 🙂
Thank you Alex. It was one of those situations where the light was magic, and so what you see is what I saw. I boosted the saturation a bit, but kept it looking the way I remembered it.
Wow now that is quite some shots….the reason I asked the questions is because I work for a photography tutorial website and one of our best pages is about taking photographs in the snow (and the difficulties involved) and it is nice to know it is possible to get some shots without editing.
I did want to show you the page, but some webmasters flag it as spam 🙂
Once again well done on the photos