Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lower Tropospheric Visions?



While it has been a while since I have had time to devote to shooting much, I have picked up my camera once in a while. Mostly I've been engulfed in the sometimes overwhelming project of remodeling my new townhome. After a hectic three weeks of work, I finally have the place remodeled and ready to move in, and am starting to move my furniture, studio and office this weekend.

I believe that homes have certain energies - partially caused by their location and surrounding environment, partially by architectural features and design, and partially due to unexplainable conditions that cause certain living spaces to feel warm and inviting, while others convey a sense of cold discomfort and uneasiness, and even hostility. Fortunately my new home is the former; warm, comfortable, and inviting. Situated in Southeast Denver, it is one of the rare places in the city that is surrounded by a somewhat natural environment.

My first day in the new home, I noticed these wonderful trees along the trail behind the townhome. Also, the magnificent red-tailed hawks circling overhead, and overall lack of city-noise gave me a great feeling. At around sunset, I looked out of my bedroom window, and saw the first signs of iridescence in the clouds, and grabbed my camera.





While this vibrant and iridescent display of color only lasted for about 15 minutes, and then faded into darkness of night, I took it as a wonderful blessing upon my new home.

To learn more about iridescent clouds and other atmospheric phenomena, Les Cowley's "Atmospheric Optics" website is the definitive source of information.

12 comments:

Jay D. Mills said...

Scott, Great to see that you still find time to take great pictures! Congratulations on the new home! E-mail to follow. Jay

Katariina Järvinen said...

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen anything like this before. What a cool thing to witness.

Good to hear that you are settling happily in your new home. :-)

Scott said...

Thanks Jay and Kati!

Kati, Nacreous clouds are only visible in a few parts of the world; Norway, north and western US, and Canada and BC, and only a few days a year, always in October or early November.

Thanks to both of you for reading and keeping in touch! I'll be around more once I am finished moving...

Robin Easton said...

These are so lovely Scott. I've seen clouds here in New Mexico like this. And they always fascinate me in their ability to reflect light long after the sun has set. I find them singularly beautiful. You photos here are magical and timeless.

I enjoyed your descrition of your new home and what you feel makes a place special. Glad to hear you have found that. You are very creative so I'm sure the longer you are there the more of YOU it will take on.

It's nice to see you and your art here again. Always such a joy! I never know what I'll get to see next. I like that!! :)

Big hugs to you my friend and thank you for taking the time to post these photos. I just love them.

Robin :)

Scott said...

Thank you, Robin! You inspire me so much, and it is always great to hear from you. Sending a personal email seperately...

Alyssa said...

Scott,
I had no idea you were such a talented photographer. I don't know why I didn't know that but I have to say that I have completely enjoyed your site and blog. Thanks for sharing. Maybe if you ever make it to Houston you could take some artistic style pics of our family playing in nature which is by far our favorite thing to do. We love to go to the Northwest of us during the spring to view the amazing bluebonnet and Indian Paintbrush displays and we always take our family picture during that time. There is something about the amazing show of colors against the bright blue sky that I love.
Hope you enjoyed your holiday and was able to spend time with the family. Miss all of you very much.

Scott said...

Thanks Alyssa! I really just started getting serious about photography a few years ago, but have been REALLY into it over the last couple of years. It's also a good excuse to get out in nature and travel.

I hope you and the family had a blessed Christmas! Actually your Dad and Betty didn't come in from Salida, but Holly's was a lot of fun, and amazing food and kids shredding presents and all of the great things about Christmas. We would love to have you and the family come for a visit!

As far as me making it out to Houston, that would be great as well! I'm getting more and more into portraits and artistic people photography.

It's great to be able to keep in touch with you on Facebook for now! :)

Azure Islands Designs said...

Wonderful to see more photos Scott...
I fined if truly amazing you only "started getting serious about photography a few years ago, but have been REALLY into it over the last couple of years"
Your photos have the feel of someone who has been taking photos for a long time...maybe it is because you love taking them...it shows!!

Congratulations on the new townhouse and making it your home...the trees at the front of your home are beautiful...I love the colors of the fall!!

My daughter and I do a market in the summer which is approx 1.5 hrs drive and I love looking at the sky as she drives...we've had many interesting conversations about the colors, textures and configurations of the clouds! I seem to have a fascination for clouds for some reason...
Your iridescent clouds are beautiful...
Thank you for sharing Les Cowley's site...he has amazing photos/information posted!

I look forward to your photos to come...
Cheers

The Fearless Blog said...

Heavenly sight!

And best of wishes in your new home.

Scott said...

Thank you Heather and Marlene! While I have been very behind in keeping up on my blog, I am finally getting settled in and back to it, so expect more frequent and interesting posts.

Heather, your compliments are too kind. I do have a passion for it, and the inspiration drives me to learn more and more. It also helps that I work for a fine art photography center (www.c4fap.org) and am exposed to some very remarkable work every day. Regarding the clouds, I think it's healthy to daydream and remove yourself from everyday life once in a while. That is a valuable experience that you and your daughter share!

To my friends: if you have messaged me and I have not responded, please know that it is not intentional and that I'll be back soon. Thank so much for viewing - much more to come.

Prins said...

These are very wonderful photos Scott. Your a very talented person.

Scott said...

Thank you Prins!