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A Pretty Morning

Pretty Morning
Pretty Morning

Pretty Morning

It’s one of the last mornings when leaves are still on the trees, but frost is on the rooftops and a misty, frosty haze defines each of the trees in silhouette as they march off over the distant hilltop, and yellow sun edges everything in the most delicate gilt.

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Beautiful Autumn Sky

Beautiful Autumn Sky
Beautiful Autumn Sky

Beautiful Autumn Sky

A beautiful sunny day will be followed by a rainy one, considering the shapes of the mare’s tail clouds.

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The Enchanted Allée

winter sunset with trees
winter sunset with trees

The Enchanted Allée

The rows of sycamores leads me off into the colors.

Below is a gallery of all the winter sunset images.

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The Road Home

winter sunset
winter sunset

The Road Home

Who wouldn’t follow those swashes of color?

Below is a gallery of all the winter sunset images.

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End of the World

winter sunset
winter sunset

End of the World

The sky certainly was dramatic, and the bare tree in the center brought home the idea. My smartphone doesn’t zoom well, so below it’s a little soft.

winter sunset

End of the World

Below is a gallery of all the winter sunset images.

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I Chased a Sunset

winter sunset
winter sunset

I Chased a Sunset

…and it disappeared over the edge
and took a piece of my soul with it.

Really, on the way home from a quick errand to a shopping center I encountered a stunning winter sunset just beginning to color and decided to take a detour through a local park to see it in progress. All I had was my smartphone which doesn’t handle colors and contrasts at all well, but decided I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

The sunset had me racing over acres of the park which is on a ridge over a valley, just the perfect setting to watch the sun drop below the far horizon with both trees as a foreground, and then nothing but sky. I’ll be featuring a few others, and maybe a slideshow or something.

Below is a gallery of all the winter sunset images.

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A Shared Past

two bare trees in field by road
two bare trees in field by road

A Shared Past

Two ancient apple trees guard the entrance to a farm that no longer exists. What memories do those trees hold in all the years they’ve been welcoming visitors? And the land itself?

Another shot found in the moody light of a dark winter day after snowfall. Still glad I got lost chasing a tree on a hill.

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What is the Goal?

photo of tree in winter field
photo of tree in winter field

What is the Goal?

Possibly just as much a question of my activities as my aesthetic intentions with my photographs of this one lone tree, at the top of a path at the top of a hill, clouds scudding across the sky on a dark winter afternoon, dark enough to dim the colors in the winter field. Something we should ask ourselves on a regular basis.

One conclusion was that I should get lost on country roads more often. I saw this from a distance, a ribbon of winding road before me and many hills and curves between me and the tree, and drove until I found it.

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Red Sunset

winter sunset
winter sunset

Red Sunset

What a way to end a gray day.

I was lucky to catch this. I live just far enough down an east-facing hill that I can’t see any sunsets, and can only guess from what little bit I see nearly directly overhead. When I see the sky with a bit of color, I know there’s even more on the western horizon and run to the top of the hill. Usually, when I do this, I get there just in time.

And after all the years I’ve been catching sunsets from this vantage, I’ve finally made my peace with the tree. In fact, I think its lacy character adds to the composition.

No sunsets are as brilliant as a late autumn or winter sunset. It almost makes up for sunset at 4:50 p.m.

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Incoming Storm

black and white photo of beginning of snow storm
black and white photo of beginning of snow storm

Incoming Storm

The sun dims, tiny crystals fill the air on a cold softly whistling wind, objects blur and night replaces day, and a feeling of infinity.

In the quiet of a winter afternoon I stood and watched as the storm did not approach so much as silently change the scene from a clear sunny afternoon to a dim and dark landscape, sounds muffled, objects disappearing.

This is another photo from the roll including yesterday’s photo, on black and white film with my fully manual Pentax K1000. I remembered it from that time, and it stayed with me from yesterday so it needed to be shared.

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Gray

tree branches against gray sky
tree branches against gray sky

Gray

This is not a black and white photo, and it is not adjusted for color or tone. It was simply a very, prefectly gray day today, beautiful in its complete grayness.

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Chasing the Season

red leaves and blue sky
red leaves and blue sky

Chasing the Season

I’ve been so busy chasing photos I want of autumn that I’ve almost missed the season. Twice I drive for a nearby ridge to capture a sunset over the valley, and once got stuck in traffic and got there too late and a second time got there but the clouds didn’t part as they seemed they would so there was no glowing red finale. The clouds really should have parted as I visualized, it would have been quite the show. But sunny mornings have turned to overcast afternoons, and breezy afternoons had turned to rain. I guess it’s just not my year to capture the incredible display of color we had. I was entranced by these last few red leaves clinging to a young tree on the ridge at sunset on clear afternoon, ironically too sunny to see leaf color because of the contrast, but at least I recorded this little tree’s last stand.

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Opening in the Clouds

photo of sky
photo of sky

Opening in the Clouds

Okay, so, this was a pretty dramatic moment and I almost wrecked my car. Most of the day was heavily overcast but for this one opening in the clouds that moved overhead beaming golden sunlight onto the landscape below. Just wish I could have caught a bit of the autumn colors in those trees.

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World Peace Day 2014

"Imagine". World Peace Day 2014
"Imagine". World Peace Day 2014

“Imagine”. World Peace Day 2014

“…no hell below us, above us only sky…”

It’s in your heart. Find it there, and share it.

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This was left on my front porch to greet me this morning. Possibly to celebrate the day, and possibly because I’m summarizing my remarks from last Sunday’s Pet Memorial Sunday ceremony just after we’d released the white doves to carry off our wishes to our animal companions.

Feather from a white dove.

Feather from a dove.

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“White bird must fly/or she will die…” ©It’s a Beautiful Day

“White Bird”- It’s A Beautiful Day -1968

“White Dove” – Scorpions

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And After the Storm

rainbow
rainbow

And After the Storm

Out of a seemingly clear sky suddenly rain began to fall. I know that always means a rainbow, and I knew just where it would be.

My neighbor came out to photograph it and said it had looked much brighter from the top of the hill. I told him its brightness depended on your perspective—literally, it depends on the angle from which you look at a rainbow.

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A Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud

maya angelou
maya angelou

A Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud

We’ve lost another inspiration as Maya Angelou has passed. Her life, her works, her words were the greatest examples of being a complete person and living a full life, on your own terms. Her voice was so familiar, both literally an metaphorically.

Thank you, Maya Angelou, for all you continue to give us.

Please appreciate this post, and a poem we can all learn from.

I try to be a rainbow even amid my own clouds.


April Cloud Study

original pastel painting of clouds
pastel painting of clouds

“April Cloud Study”, pastel, 9.5″ x 10″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A very overcast morning cleared up and turned into a lovely spring afternoon—and it looks like this!

Once the weather turns warm and sunny the world begins coloring up nicely, and so it did one April afternoon. I decided to take some time to paint the clouds, literally and figuratively, standing out in my back yard with my pastel for about ten minutes—and by that time the skies were completely different.

Below is the framed version. I used a scrap of sanded pastel paper and it was cut unevenly, so there is a little bit along the left trimmed off that I liked. Well, that’s the way it goes.
The mats are 1.5″, white on white, with a little bit of a channel behind them so the pastel will fall behind the mat instead of on the mat. The frame is 12″ x 12″ and I was so inspired by the colors that I refinished it to coordinate with the painting in shades of blue green and lilac from the painting and a white crackle finish overall. You can find this painting in my Etsy shop.

original pastel painting of clouds

“April Cloud Study”, original pastel, 9″ x 9″, 2013

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A Message From the Gods

cloud irridescence
cloud irridescence

A Message From the Gods

It’s an interesting and beautiful atmospheric occurrence, and not terribly common, called “cloud iridescence”, named for Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. Here, the sun is behind the larger dark cloud, which makes the cloud appear darker as well as the edges lighter. These cumulus clouds are made of ice and water crystals of about the same size and have to be small for this effect. The angled sunlight shining through the thinning edge is perfectly refracted through them as it is through mist after a rain when we see a rainbow. You can read more about the occurence here.

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May There Be Pots of Gold at the Ends of Both of Your Rainbows

double rainbow
double rainbow

Double Rainbow

And at…both ends of both of your rainbows! I had to piece together the one below.

double rainbow

Double Rainbow

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Life-giving

winter sun on bare trees
winter sun on bare trees

Life-giving

You can be sure those trees are soaking up that warm winter sun and soon they’ll be sprouting little green leaves. For now they make a nice, stark composition against the wispy clouds.

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Church on the Hill

church on hill with sun
church on hill with sun

Union Presbyterian Church in Robinson, PA

What a play of light on a bright winter late afternoon; I even like the birds in the air. I had to point my camera right into the brightest spot to get the silhouetting and the deep blue of the upper sky, all while sitting at a stop light and photographing through my driver’s side window. It’s Union Presbyterian Church in Robinson, PA.

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Last Day of the Year

winter sunset
winter sunset

Last Day of the Year

This photo hardly captures the essence of this stunning sunset, but I’m glad I caught at least this much of it, taken on the last day of December, 2005.

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A Winter Sunset

winter sunset with bare tree
winter sunset with bare tree

Winter Sunset

Soft colorful sky
soaring, trees black rough earth
bound; winter sunset.

poem © 2013 Bernadette E. Kazmarski

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Two Textures

clouds and snow
clouds and snow

Two Textures

Uncertain clouds, uncertain snow.

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