Sunny afternoon

Nothing like a nice red wine on a sunny weekend afternoon.  My glass was showing reflections of so many things… the sun, the clouds, the sun-kissed green grass and shade,  the deck railing, tiny speckles on the glass, the top of my head, the beautiful tones of the wine, maybe you see more.  And this little one seemed to also enjoy the view.

July 1, 2017
Backyard, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

Japanese maple leaf (1)

After a spring rain I noticed the brilliant red of the Japanese maple leaf that had fallen onto a beautifully green leaf of a plant below the tree.  With the freshness of the rain the colors were vivid and the leaves shimmered from the wet and the soil was dark.  Since nature had provided such a wonderful display of shapes, textures, colors, and sheen, I just had to come up with a composition I liked.

May 21, 2017
Front yard, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

A corner of the cube

A corner of the cube

This piece by Tony Rosenthal called The Cube “Endeavor” is on the campus of the University of Michigan.  The light rain all morning kept the Cube shiny with rain drops, some of its corners taking an orangy-red patina, the reflection on the top facet bluish gray and the downward sides fading as they worked their way closer to the ground.   See more at U of M’s site for its public art.

September 17, 2016         University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI          Nikon D90

Looking up Orion

Looking up Orion

This is the piece called “Orion” by sculptor Mark di Suvero on the campus of the University of Michigan.  On this cool and rainy Saturday morning, most of the colors were muted to shades of gray.  Even the striking reddish orange of Orion took a grayish quality that blended nicely into the sky.  I found the view looking up into the clouds the most appealing on this morning.  See more at U of M’s site for its public art.

September 17, 2016          University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI          Nikon D90

Red and blue

Red and blue

I got into my blue Jeep on a drizzly Sunday and noticed the Japanese maple leaves that had fallen onto the hood.  The stark colorful contrast of the red leaves, brighter now from being wet, on the glistening blue of the Jeep hood caught, my attention.  I went back into the house to get my camera and took several shots.  This one is of a leaf that came to rest at the edge of the hood, its reflection creating a whole leaf, and I composed the image so the black distance and blue hood made equal halves.

November 8, 2015          Livonia, MI          Nikon D90

 

Red wagon

Red wagon

There are two rustic buildings on the south stretch of the Cades Cove Loop: a house nearer to the road and a barn to the north or the house, both across the road from the Tipton Place.  The barn is a treasure of photo opps (for me anyway) and one of my favorites was this red wagon parked decades ago under the protection of the barn. Capturing the shaded tones within the barn from my vantage out in the afternoon sun was a challenge but I think I caught them in this shot.  Memorabilia from a simpler, albeit more challenging, lifestyle.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

 

Still life (3)

Still life (3)

Looking for light or shadows or reflections, colors that catch your eye, playful juxtapositions and contrasts, shapes and compositions… can turn the ordinary into something fun.  This was simply a CD setting on my desk under a single lamp with all else in the dark.

Photo taken January 17, 2015