Today it didn't rain. So I finally made it out for a walk.
These photos are in no particular order.
The ticks are bad this year, make sure you wear spray and check for ticks if you're outside. I've heard the snakes are bad this year too but fortunately I haven't had a run in.
At first photography was all about light. Then it was about good exposures. Last winter it turned into a love with finding the light in the darkness. Right now I'm interested in exploring the shadows inbetween.
I need to take my macro out again...there is so much diversity in the plant life this year.
I still love the wildflowers.
What do you love about your world?
When I sat down to get these shots of Jack and the sun lowering against the grass, I sat in stinging nettles. Lesson not learned from last spring.
As I loaded this photo - I found two more ticks on me!
But how can you not love dogs?
Or old trucks...
Or the light dancing off of the earth...
Speaking of light, the earth, and poetry.. I kind of have a pet peeve about seeing inspirational quotes all over beautiful photos. 1. I don't feel all inspirational quote*ish* when I'm shooting photos. I don't see the sunset and think of how I can be a better person or what makes me stronger or any of that nonsense. I understand the idea of tying beautiful words to beautiful images.
I don't feel inspirational today. But I did like getting out and seeing the sun.
Look at Morris - the dog I found abandoned on the road- he's happy out on the farm. We haven't had many walks lately. I'm ready for allergy season to be over! I'm ready to feel better again. I'm ready to have energy. I'm ready to have a month off from portrait photography and weddings. Which I will, I'm not booking anything in June.
So 11 days ago I took these photos... we ended up in the cellar for the first time during this storm.
We had storms on May 9th too, but I was shooting a wedding that day.
I'm making a baked potato at midnight..I wanted spaghetti but I'm settling. I don't want to sleep until the storms pass.
Why is it all or nothing? Either no business or so much you can't keep on top of it. Why is it when you job search you have no job offers or too many? Today I had a random Principal email me about interviewing for a job in a district that I haven't even applied at. All or nothing... drought or flood. I would like a nice happy medium.
This was my best shot of after the storm..We went for a drive after the storm.
Speaking of storms... I need to unplug this computer. It's storming. AGAIN.
Unfortunately people seem to be drawn to the rushing water... an area teen lost his life by drowning in a creek last week.
So why not catch up on a few blog posts. These won't be wordy posts just posting some photos that I've processed so I don't feel like I'm behind on everything.
When your hobby becomes your part time job, it is still a job. But, I haven't yet found a way out of it. I'm booked through June but not booking in June at all and have no plans to do portrait shoots after that.
I really don't make a big deal about Mother's Day (or Father's Day). This one well, it's over now.
Stress! Is stressful! May in Oklahoma is stressful. April is not the cruelest month.
I've had enough. Now I'm reading about tennis ball size hail a couple of hours west of us. Enough already!
I love the cumulus clouds though... always beautiful.
I hope you had a great Mother's Day. Tomorrow is My Mom's birthday! So happy birthday Mom, I love you!
So, I'm finally sucked into ancestry.com. Like seriously... I'm also not getting anything done because I'm rebuilding the family tree (which I already know fairly well) and working on my husband's side. But the other night I was in Rush Springs because I went to town with my sister so I thought I would try to get some shots of my Grandma's house at night.
So I'm up watching another round of storms fire up to the west on the radar, hopefully they won't come in our direction.
It's really hard to concentrate when I keep seeing the weather pop up in my feed.
So here is a totally adorable photo of some kittens - My Sister is a Veterinarian and she has three litters of kittens and a Mama cat who is nice enough to be surrogate to a few of the kitties...she's adopting them out.
The old barn at night. Spring is not the time for stargazing... clouds and storms. Not stars.
I haven't even posted photos from last week's storms...
The sirens went off later - but not for this storm. We thought this would be coming our way. It did and dumped a few more inches of rain on us.
I feel as if I've barely posted pics or been outside but it's either been rainy, I've been busy or I am swamped in wedding and portrait edits. If not that, it's my asthma and allergies which are making me non-functional this spring. I'm ready for the "dry heat" and summer.
This snake was in the road... I hate snakes.
The streets of Velma were flooding after the first round of storms...
We drove north of town to look at Wildhorse Creek. It is full but not over the banks, this channel is probably twenty feet deep...
There were tornado warnings south of town so we went that direction to see if we could see the clouds...
I really need to complete the wedding edits to relieve some stress. I also have some sessions to finish but it's difficult when the weather has been so crazy and allergies have been so bad.
On May 7th I accepted a job offer. I will be teaching history again in the fall. Good news! I quit teaching in 2010 and I actually started the landscape photography to help with my teaching (and I never had the chance to use it). Now I'm excited to be able to work on incorporating my little journeys to my new teaching career.
I left the house with the intention of checking out the meteor showers. I left and there was not a star in sight. But as I drove down the road I spotted some cloud to ground lightning!! This of course is my newest thing to photograph! So I was definitely ready to capture more lightning shots.
But this was at such a great distance you could barely hear the thunder.
This view is one of the best ones in the area, you can see for miles and miles.
But it is pretty awesome to capture lightning. I'm enjoying it.
Upon a star, or other nonsense that those wonderful Disney Movies taught us... (also, I'm a dreamer and absolutely loved the new Cinderella movie). So, here you go, some star images from a few weeks ago I hope you like them.
Insert motivational quote...
or something profound about the universe.
This is where I sprained my ankle, it takes some courage to walk in the dark where I got hurt, but I did.