I got a gift of an Amaryllis for Christmas. I’ve been dutifully watering, turning it around and watching. The blooms are beginning to open. I got a new 35mm f1.8 lens, so I’ve been getting to know the lens and the Amaryllis at the same time. These are photos of the last two days.
As part of Fleeting Moments Artists, I captures a number of images of shadows. The best of these will be in an online gallery.
I chose to make all of my images black and white with a platinum gradient effect. Shadows distort, enhance or camouflage a subject. The shadows themselves form a shape that is unique. Along with the shadows, we included a “selfie” shadow of ourselves.
In November, I took and online class by Kim Manley Ort called “30 Days of Perception.” These images were posted to Instagram along with my comments about the subject and type of perception. I made a book/magazine of my journey in November. You can view it at the link below. 30 Days of Perception by Becky Jane Davis
The sky was clear, but the temperature was cold. We decided to take several short walks in Morton Arboretum, late afternoon on New Year’s Day. As the sun lowered, the oak leaves turned gold and the colors on Lake Marmo, which was ice covered, offered reflections and colors. It was a great way to start 2020!
The sky was like a watercolor painting, with soft hues and colors. The clouds were sparse, but lovely. They looked a bit like popcorn in places. As the bright orange sun set, the colors and drama deepened. These were taken at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve.
Everything is brown. The leaves have subtle color. The grass is beginning to winter. And yet, the backyard has color. Manmade to be sure. Not ordinarily beautiful. And yet, there is beauty in the ordinary!
As the sun sets in my neighborhood, the brown oak leaves still on the trees turn a brilliant orange. As I walked I saw this brilliance framed perfectly by trees. Nature’s Golden Hour art framed for us to see!