Inspiration

The stunning Echinopsis candican night blooming cactus flower.

The stunning Echinopsis candican night blooming cactus flower.

Recently the finalists were announced in the Arizona Highways Magazine Photo Contest.  There was a monochrome image of night blooming cactus that caught my attention as I was perusing the images.  The image inspired me to take a look back at images I made while living in Arizona of the beautiful night blooming cacti.  I recalled this image and decided to see how it would look in black and white.  I actually prefer this image over the color version which you can see here and read about the night the image was made.

Work hard in silence.  Let your success be your noise.  ~ Frank Ocean

A Winter Sunday Drive

A winter Sunday drive on a cold and windy day with the goal of watching bald eagles.  My husband and Madison were with me.  It was too cold and windy to stay and watch for the majestic bald eagles for any length of time.  On the way home I chose to take a more scenic route along the Great River Road between the towns of Keokuk and Montrose, Iowa. A narrow windy and hilly tree-lined road.  Even in winter it is a beautiful drive.

Not many vehicles were on the road and as I looked in my rearview mirror was an image I wanted to make.  The bare trees hovering over the road creating a natural tunnel and providing cover from the wind.  As I was processing this image, I first processed it as I saw it, then as a black and white image.  But neither showed how it felt.  It felt cold and quiet.  So I continued to process the image until it portrayed how felt, not what I saw.

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Great River Road between Keokuk and Montrose, Iowa

And for the bald eagles, just one image from this winter Sunday drive.

Bald Eagle - Keokuk, Iowa

Bald Eagle – Keokuk, Iowa