There are two things I can count on:
- I’ll see a great photo op when I don’t have my camera with me (or the battery is dead); and
- Even the best photo op won’t persuade hubby to pull the car over.
(I guess I should clarify that I can expect these two things when it comes to taking pictures. There are other things I can count on in life- like an accident on the freeway when I’m late for work, my children’s honesty when it comes to pointing out my shortcomings, and forgetting the one thing I absolutely needed at the grocery store whenever I shop from memory. )
Those who’ve read my blog before may have noticed that I’m obsessed with clouds. My fascination with sunlight comes in a close second. When I see a beautiful combination of clouds and sunlight, I go crazy, like a pre-teen girl with a Justin Bieber poster. Okay, not that crazy…but you get the idea 🙂
This time of year, the heat builds all day, setting the scene for afternoon/evening dust storms, and the occasional thunderstorm, if we’re lucky. Breathing dust is a bad thing. There is a risk of Valley Fever. People with asthma or breathing problems are forced indoors. Looking at dust illuminated by the afternoon sun is a beautiful thing. The dust filters light in ways that are so different from a clean air day. (Well, a cleaner air day…we don’t have many “clean” air days in the city!)
On Sunday, the dust, light and clouds
sparked my obsession came together beautifully. Of course, my camera battery was dead. (Apparently batteries need charged once in a while.) My disappointment faded when I remembered the camera on my phone has an 8MP camera. It doesn’t have the stabilization or the cheat lines to give me a reference for a straight horizon, but it had exactly what I needed: the memory to capture the rays of sunlight.
If only my memory worked so well.
Thanks to everyone who read my Trifecta Weekend Challenge story and voted for it – it was the 1st place winner this week. To a girl who was never picked for team sports in P.E. and was absent from all the “most likely to” lists in high school, this is something different!