Naturally

Vehicle tracks in slushy snow on a gravel road.

Sulphur Creek meets the Fremont River in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park just east of the Visitor Center. On this day sudden, heavy rains in the morning caused flash flooding over a wide area, calling the landscape to action. Cottonwoods were uprooted, scenic roads washed out, and tourists filled the Center with their bodies and anxious questions.

When I arrived hours later the Fremont still ran fast and red as it churned eastward, its water dense with sandstone silt. I employed a combination of processing plug-ins to render a vintage, slightly eroded effect to the picture, too, as it was appropriate to the mood I felt there, and to the idea of natural, timeless processes.

Another Favorite Paparazzi Tactic

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Ambushing celebrities when they’re not wearing makeup and they’re letting their hair down.

“Paparazzi need more flattering lenses.” —Sandra Bullock

(N)ice

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We’re having a respite from high temperatures today, breezy, cool, and rainy. Not this cold, of course, once upon a winter at a small lake in the Oregon Cascades.

“It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.” —Frank Zappa

Play Day

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What began as a realistic shot of a hummingbird perched on a honeysuckle vine in our garden became, after a bit of play, something else. As I developed this I listened to a prelude for piano by Debussy, symphony music by Rodrigo—what might it have become with a bluegrass or classic rock influence? Next time.

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

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“A girl phoned me the other day and said… ‘Come on over, there’s nobody home.’ I went over. Nobody was home.”
—Rodney Dangerfield

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic