Dogwood Blooms

Dogwood Blooms

This is not a wild dogwood, but one planted along a hiking/biking/horse trail and road (on the island between the two). But I thought it was a nice collection of blooms.

Just a little plant trivia: the dogwoods tiny four-petaled flowers are clustered in a tightly packed, flattened cyme at the center of four showy white petal-like bracts.

Extra Super Duper Moon

Extra Super Duper Moon

The astronomy calendar I subscribe to called it an extra super duper moon, so I’m passing it on. This was the full moon on July 13th and it was the largest (closest to earth) of 2022. The cliff in the foreground is the north end of Marrowstone Island … part of Fort Flagler State Park. The color is approximately correct … it was very impressive.

It was 10 PM and fairly dark by the time the moon rose. I had been skeptical on my way to Fort Worden and a cliffside spot I knew would provide a good view to the Southeast where the moon would rise. Indeed, I could not capture the moon’s details without leaving the foreground completely in shadow. So, I did what I could and dealt with what I had. I thought that a high dynamic range (HDR) photo technique of combining several images wouldn’t work well in this case with a 500mm lens … the motion of the moon was quite evident between shots.

Smokey Air Sunset

Smokey Air Sunset

This was the summer air full of forest fire smoke a few years back … which is what provided the intense color of the sun. What I just noticed was a small spot on the sun that I wonder now if it was a sunspot. No way to tell now … it could also be a water spot on the sensor, for instance.

Interesting Clouds

Interesting Clouds

This is another photo that I ran across in my archive that I thought was of interest. I don’t remember the specific weather that was before or after this sunset. To me, it looks like it unstable air when there is a transition to or from stormy weather. Pleasant clouds, even if the weather wasn’t.

Sunset Thoughts

Sunset Thoughts

I was going through the photo library and seeing what I had not uploaded to the blog. I found this one of a sunset back in 2018. I don’t remember the sunset … there were so many. I can’t really say how closely this reflects the ‘actual colors’… but there wasn’t any adjustments to vibrance or saturation.

That brings up the endless question of: are the colors that I see the same as the colors you see?

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