April Rogues Gallery, and a Few Thoughts on Weather and Photography

Rogues?

Well, not really.

If you look at a map for worldwide temperature variations, with “false color” reds and blues showing relatively hotter and relatively colder areas, most of the planet is running from pale pink to hot magenta. One exception is the northeastern US, which is running from light to darker blue. Meaning, “Baby, it’s cold outside”. We just had the worst, snowiest winter in years, and spring is late, late, late.

But we’ll take what we’re getting, because no longer does it freeze at night except on the outwash plain beyond the moraines. Lawns are green again. Maple trees are blooming.

 

In years as those in the past, I’d have long since posted some photos of the daffodils, the daffodils I can never resist photographing, year in and year out.

Spring is all the more precious for being late.

There are many ways to approach photography, many ways to make pictures. In the beginning of the art it was enough to just figure out how to make an image, and how to make that image not fade away.

There are many ways to be a photographer. There is photography for journalism, for documentation, for Art, for science, for learning how to see or for learning what one sees. This little list doesn’t even begin to be complete.

Taking and making pictures is an endeavor that is pleasing, easy, difficult, and sometimes just plain fun.

 

These days I am working on learning how to pay less attention to what I am taking pictures of. Odd, isn’t it? On a good day now, when I take pictures, I feel like I’m  not taking picture of anything, but am “listening” to the camera by way of my eyes and thoughts, and trying to press the shutter button when it wants me to. I don’t fully know yet what the camera is telling me to do. What I take pictures of seems at times to not be very important at all.

One old-fashioned way of taking pictures is, as the old farmer said, “Chust for pretty.” And that’s what I did in the yard the other day. There are thousands of blooms in the yard. And they’re just for pretty.

They smell good, too.

Here is that little “rogues” gallery of what’s in bloom right now.

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Chust for pretty.

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