Monthly Archives: July, 2010

Thunderstorm

I’m a weather whore.

Not the kind of weather whore who watches The Weather Channel (I actually hate that channel), but the kind of weather whore who will spot a cool cloud and pull off the road to take pictures of it.

I have eight different weather apps on my phone, including one that only shows radar.

I have the NWS radar bookmarked on my home and work computers and when a storm is brewing I obsessively refresh the screen so I can track the storm.

Many of my favorite pictures are of storm clouds and other kinds of weather.

This one was taken on June 10, 2007 from my backyard. It’s the classic anvil thunderhead. I’ve only seen a few of these perfect anvil clouds in my life and have only photographed this one.

Thunderstorm

Sam and Kish

I took this picture on October 11, 2005.

A strong winter storm plowed through Colorado. After the storm subsided I took the dogs outside to explore the frozen landscape. Samantha and Kishka climbed up on a snowdrift to survey their kingdom.

I snapped the picture but didn’t realize how cool it was until I downloaded it.

Sam and Kish

I love how the blue sky contrasts with the white snow.

I love how the two dogs are perfectly positioned and looking in the same direction.

Most of all, I love this picture because it reminds me of two very special dogs.

The mountains are calling and I must go. ~ John Muir (1838 – 1914)

Our walk looked a bit different today.

Hiking

The dogs and I were out the door very early for a hike in Waldo Canyon.

Sign

The trail gained elevation quickly and soon we were high above the highway that brought us to the trailhead.

Highway 24

We were walking on the side of the mountain. Every so often we passed large rocks.

Looking up

View

The dogs led the way.

On the trail

As we made our way into the canyon there was a wonderful view of the plains.

Looking at the plains

The farther we walked, the better the scenery.

View

After a couple of hours on the trail we rounded a bend and there was Pikes Peak.

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak

I lingered to enjoy the scenery and to snap some pictures. The dogs came back for me.

Coming back for me.

It was a long hike (~ 7 miles) and we took some short breaks on the trail.

A short rest on the trail

We also made a longer stop in this clearing and had a snack. (Milk Bones for them, granola bars for me, cold water for all.)

Resting spot

Luka was happy to have a moment to rest in the shade.

Luka rests

It was a lovely day.

View

Thunderstorms move off the mountains. Sadie keeps watch.

When I came up with the idea to start sharing some of my favorite pictures this was one that I had in mind.

I took it almost a year ago: July 25, 2009.

Sadie, Kishka and I were at the park. I could see the clouds building over the mountains (afternoon thunderstorms during the summer are very common here).

At one point thunder rumbled in the distance and Sadie took off after it. When I turned to watch her I saw the cloud line, her looking towards it and snapped this picture. The moment was completely unexpected. I didn’t have my camera with me so the photo was snapped with my iPhone. A second after I snapped the picture Sadie took off running.

One moment, one chance, one low quality camera phone…and somehow I took one of the best pictures of my life.

Nothing endures but change. ~ Heraclitus (540 BC – 480 BC)

I’m bored with my blog.

There, I said it.

I’ve been thinking it for some time now, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do to make it different. I had a plan, but it was postponed until next summer due to an injury to my foot. (Nothing serious, just enough to put those plans on hold.)

Finally, I have a plan.

I’m going to share some of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken over the years. It’s so simple. I don’t know why I didn’t think about it sooner.

I only recently got into digital photography and only bought a quality camera a couple years ago. This new direction isn’t about picture quality, though. It’s about my favorite pictures.

I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. If I can face digging into the closet of my spare bedroom I’ll be able to share some ‘old fashioned’ pictures, too (taken with a film camera).

One of my favorite pictures was taken just two days ago.

I was sitting outside at sunset brushing Luka. I looked behind me and saw this in the western sky.

Western clouds at sunset

It didn’t last long, but it was spectacular…like a painting.

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