Finally! Some relief from this brutal summer. The hottest and driest since the year I was born, 1988. I might have been born in that year but I didn't actually get to experience it because my birthday is in the middle of August and most of the damage had already been done.
I'm not one to complain about the weather, I normally try to take it in stride and suck it up whenever it gets miserable. However, working in the lawn care business has been very trying this season. Without grass growing, my wallet has been getting smaller and smaller. I'm very grateful though that, as of today, we haven't had any major fires that lead to destruction of property or loss of life. It was heartbreaking for me to watch my favorite state in America, Colorado, suffer from such fires earlier this year.
As a photographer, the weather has been a deterrent as well. I've been in some uncomfortable, but not extreme conditions before shooting photos, and I normally don't even realize that I am hot/cold/hungry/sore, etc. But just working outside during the day makes me feel like taking a nap right when I get in the door. I want to go shoot photos so bad but just can't muster up the strength to actually do it.
Luckily, and happily, we have seen a few days of gorgeous (95 or so degree) weather and I have shot a few photos both with my D5000 and my iPhone 4s. Here is one of the photos I snapped with my D5000 the other night.
This is a single mum flower reaching for the sky at sunset. I used a large aperture (1.8) to blur the sky and create a water colored effect. This is the first time in my life that I have watered plants daily during the summer, and my work is paying off. Everything I have been watering is coming back to life and it looks like nothing is going to die. For this shot I was actually laying on my concrete patio to get the angle, trying to shoot through a gap in trees and neighbors houses. I used my Hoya polarizing filter on my Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens. You can see some drops of water on the stem towards the bottom of the flower.
I plan on working on my Country Roads project this week also. Speaking of that, maybe I am just crazy, but I saw a rather strange animal the last time I was searching for a great shot of a local country road. My aunt and uncle live on a farm near the Mississippi River in rural Illinois, about 25 miles south of St. Louis. They claim to see Wolverines from time to time and until a couple of weeks ago, I didn't even come close to believing them.
I was rounding a corner on a pretty isolated road when something very strange walked across the road right in front of me. It looked sort of like a large, brown/black, skunk. I only saw it for a second or two before it vanished into a corn field, but think it COULD have been a Wolverine. When I returned home later in the evening I looked online for photos of Wolverines and it matched what I saw almost perfectly. From what I researched, they used to live in this area before being hunted to near extinction for their pelts. I'd be happy to see a return of their species here but I am still skeptical to what I saw...
It's really nice to finally be shooting again and I can't wait to see what comes next.
Have a good one.