Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Best Way to Finish a Monday

Beauty in the eye of the beholder...

It is good to travel with friends...

A different route home last night meant I was in the right place at the right time to take dozens of photographs of hundreds of geese in an industrial pond. I had to speed to the next intersection to turn around, but it was worth it.

For some time, I have been considering the way human energy and natural energy can combine into something unexpectedly beautiful. This is a radical leap for me, a fundamental shift in philosophy. I have always considered human interference in the natural world as vile defacement of a grand work of art. As if in answer to my recent ruminations, the geese, the water, the buildings and the light combined to provide something truly beautiful.

The spontaneous purchase of a digital camera (that I certainly could not afford) turned out to be a great idea. I have taken many beautiful photographs. I post the good ones on my blog but save the best ones for myself. I need some technical training to enhance my skill with the camera and the digital media, but I believe I have at last found a way to capture the ordinary magnificence of the Kansas landscape.

After I had drove away from the birds floating amid the reflective geometric shapes, a spectacular sunset presented itself within the frame of my windshield.  I captured a deep orange sun column and a mysterious twister. The photos of the sun column turned out too good to post, but the twister needs to be shared. I suspect it was a rare appearance of the tornado that carried Dorothy to Oz.

A few of the magnanimous Canadians who graciously shared their pond with the enormous crowd of migratory "others".

The way to Oz

Another day in paradise...

1 comment:

Li'l Ned said...

LOVE the photos. Bless that moment of digital acquisition. Love the glowing twister. Makes me want to hightail it straight to Kansas, to catch the next lift to Oz.