Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chasing Clouds............

Last week was all about the clouds................. We have had a very dry winter and now spring, but last week we were treated to quite a bit of rainfall, along with a display of impressive and dramatic clouds.

There was also a cloud of sorts hanging over my head.  A relative of mine was hospitalized and had to have surgery on Monday. Early that morning I received the text letting me know the surgery had begun. Living too far to sit and wait at the hospital, I did what I do when the going gets tough. I go out and photograph.

For awhile I just drove around listening to music, waiting for the overcast sky to break up a little. At one point I decided to go visit the UC Davis Arboretum, a place I had never been to before. As I pulled into the parking lot, I received the news that the surgery went very well! I breathed a huge sigh of relief, shed a few tears and relayed the information to other members of my family.

I wondered around the arboretum for about an hour. The sun came out as if to confirm that all was right with my world. Here are a couple of iPhone images from that short visit.

©2013 Dianne Poinski

©2013 Dianne Poinski

Before going home I decided that what I really wanted was a cloud/wildflower shot. After spotting a few fields of wild mustard, I got off the freeway but soon found myself lost in a suburban area filled with apartments and strip malls. I turned around to head home but then noticed a vacant lot, colorfully out of place in the middle of restaurants and gas stations.

I pulled around to the back of one of the parking lots and was rewarded with a field of possibility, bursting with a beautiful display of billowing clouds mixed with blue sky.

©2013 Dianne Poinski
This is also the "image of the week" for my Project 52

I debated whether or not to share the details of how I made this image, but I am all for full disclosure.

At first it looks like a bucolic hill where possibly Julie Andrews could show up any moment, arms wide and the "sound of music" in the air.

But no.............I am in a parking lot, viewing up and over a vacant lot, my heart filled with joy and gratitude.

I do not recommend this - don't leave your camera on a tripod and walk away!

There are really two stories here. The first one about love and family, fear and worry and how I deal with these sorts of situations.

The second story demonstrates how keeping your eyes and heart open to possibilities sometimes leads you to overlooked vacant lots that to many people are just that; vacant lots.

Borrowing inspiration from Dewitt Jones, I spent a lot of time in that parking lot simply saying "Thank You" and clicking the shutter.................

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