One of the things I love best about Oklahoma is our skies. We have some of the most breathtaking sunrises (when I’m actually up to see them), sunsets and clouds in the atmosphere. Our skies are one of my favorite subjects to shoot.
Day 20: Oklahoma Skies
While I always thought that there were days that the sky was rather lovely, I never fully appreciated them until I started looking at them from behind the lens, trying to capture the color and cloud formations, the sun at various positions during the day and evening, and there have been times it has been some of my biggest challenge to try to catch with the camera what my eye was seeing.
As I am by no means a morning person, I am apt to capture sunsets in more abundance that I am a sunrise. My most memorable sunrise was on a hiking trip my husband and I took to Greenleaf State Park. We got up well before dawn and made it out to the trails with the hopes of getting to the swinging bridge before sunrise. While we did indeed make it, the location we were at as the sun actually rose was not a good location to capture the rise. It did however allow me to get some lovely shots of the fog across the lake
We often find ourselves wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of life and tend to forget to look at the simplistic beauty around us. Health for our heart that is free of charge. Uplifting for our spirit and doesn’t take any extra time, other than to look up. The skies are filled with wonder. Take some time today and look up and see the beauty that is above you.
If I were to choose what my single favorite subject to photograph is, I would have to say mushrooms. I have always been fascinated by these fabulous fungi, long before I ever picked up a camera.
From the time I was a child, and heard the myth of the fairy ring, that almost unearthly perfect circle of mushrooms that you dare not cross out of fear of traveling to the land of fairy, I have been captivated by all the different types of fungi.
Taken at Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas
Not only am a fan of shooting shrooms, I am a follower of several Instagram pages dedicated to the photography all types of mushrooms, from all areas of the world. One of my favorite pages to follow, is mushroomsociety. There are some truly breathtaking shots full of diversity and phenomenal composition. They perfectly show that mushrooms are insanely unique and not just something to glance over or just chop up and put into a dish.
Taken during a hiking trip while in Georgia
Next time you are out and about, I challenge you to take a closer look at this exceptional plant life. They are found just about anywhere you can imagine. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the colors and shapes unique to the fungus family. Don’t forget to go and check out mushroomsociety on Instagram and discover your own love for this spectacular plantlife.