Posts Tagged ‘postaday’

Building Blocks (final)

A great deal of infrastructure improvement work has been occurring in my neighborhood in Maple Bluff over the past several weeks. Part of it involves sewer and water improvements and as a result the contractor staged supplies along the construction route. Some of these supplies are large concrete blocks. To me, the stacks of these concrete blocks looked a great deal like the building blocks that children use. I decided to creatively enhance a photo of these concrete blocks to emphasize this connection and in a serendipitous twist create a contribution to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Twist.

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I have been following the budding process of our magnolia tree for the last few weeks. It has been excruciatingly slow, though I am hoping to post a series of photos that results in a flower before the end of the Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring. Here is a photo of one of the buds.

Magnolia Bud - May 06, 2014 - 008-Edit

Spring at Army Ammunition Plant - May 05, 2014 - 068

Spring is so many things to me. It is the time when the rain washes away the last of the winter as well as the time when our turn from the cramped winter daylight hours finally gains the momentum needed to enable the day’s daylight to extend meaningfully past normal work hours. In this latitude, when you look forward to daylight after work, you know that spring has arrived.

My most important signs of springtime are those of rebirth evident in the plant life.  There is the spectacular rebirth symbolized by the crocus and the daffodil but it is the budding tree that has always been the steadiest sign. Perhaps it is such a strong signal because trees are signs of endurance and reliability and their rebirth is a comfort.

This photo is a tree budding next to a pond on property that was formerly the Badger Army Ammunition Plant outside of Baraboo, Wisconsin. The property has been off-limits for years and has recently been opened for a very brief period before it will once again be closed. Much of the area unused and inaccessible for years. I spent a day at this pond, but the area is predominantly grassland and worth a visit before it closes to visitors again on May 28th.

Entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring.

 

 

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Threshold. For me, the threshold is in a sense the end of the build up to the beginning. Graduation days are widely recognized thresholds. The end of the prelude and particularly its conclusion is a threshold to the 1st movement of an opera. While thresholds can hover before life changing moments, they can also wait patiently like the puppy on the doorstep of Krista’s wonderful photo.

My threshold is not so placid. This photo is of the moment before a bald eagle strikes the water in search of a meal. It is a threshold for both the eagle and the fish that swims unaware of any pending danger just below the surface of the Wisconsin River. Eagle’s are generally successful between 10-20% of each attempt at catching a meal so while this is definitely a threshold it more likely to be a happy one for the fish than the eagle.

Moment Before the Strike

We have finally had a few warmish days (hooray!) that are making clear the promise of an end to a long and bitterly cold winter here in the North Central U.S. In celebration of the impending arrival of spring and as my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside, here is a peek inside of a tulip.

Inside a Tulip

Perspective is critical in photography for lots of reasons. Most critically, it is how you tell your story. The name of this blog, Points-of-View, could easily be translated as “perspectives.”

Below is a photo of part of a light that hangs outside of the garage at my father-in-law’s home in Minot, North Dakota. To most people, a casual glance at the photo doesn’t seem to show much that is very interesting.

Dragonfly on Light - 33 - July 04, 2012 (6x4 - Perspective)

If you were to have been where I was when I was photographing this garage light, you might have known that the garage light had a secret that could be better shown by a slight adjustment in my perspective (moving down and to the right, as well as zooming in a bit). Fortunately, it was a nearly windless day and nothing at all moved on to or off of the lamp as I changed my perspective to give another take on the light or rather …

Dragonfly on Light - 12 - July 04, 2012 (4x6)

the dragonfly resting on it. Sorry about the title of this post. If you only saw a garage light and not the dragonfly it might have been because the title “primed the pump” that is your mind. In other words, you were told to expect to see a garage light and that is all you looked for or saw. This is something to discuss at another time, but it is fascinating stuff.

Another way to change perspective is through the use of the tools of the digital tool box. Obviously cropping is one of the more important tools readily available to photographers. Other tools can be used to change, for good or ill, the look of one’s photo. The following is an example of how the use of filters (in this case software filters from Tiffen’s Dfx 3 collection) can change the mood, and thus the perspective of a photo.

Dragonfly on Light - 12 - July 04, 2012 (4x6) copy

Word of Warning: For those who are unusually squeamish the third photo in my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes might be a little much.

I have been spending time with the bald eagles that are wintering along the Wisconsin River near Prairie du Sac. The bald eagles’ days encompass a variety of cycles. One of these is the feeding cycle — hunting, catching and eating enough to keep them alive. The eagles’ prey is generally fish. The three shots that follow show a bald eagle as it captures a fish from the Wisconsin River, brings the fish back to a safe place in a tree along the river and eats it.

The Capture

Bald Eagles - January 10, 2014 - 68-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit

The Return

Bald Eagle Returns to Tree With Fish - January 10, 2014 - 43

The dinner

Bald Eagle Feeding - 43