February 17th, 2012
Arizona is so beautiful, both scenically and climatically, during the winter and spring. It's the time of year here in the desert to get outside and enjoy. Cabin-fever syndrome just evaporates. The crispness in the air melts as soon as the sun lifts from the eastern horizon. You find yourself in an environment that lends to creative juices starting to flow.
In spite of the urban surroundings, there is an endless supply of natural phenomena to put your imagination to work. Just find a plot of dirt and start digging. Before you know it, a tiny bit of green peers through the moist soil. And while you're tending to these activities, all manner of creatures start appearing too! Honey bees, grasshoppers, dragonflies, hummingbirds... if you're quiet, they'll come close. They are attracted by the scent and the nectar beckoning them. Saguaro trees are favorites of woodpeckers.
If I'm lucky, I've got my trusty camera nearby. I'll startle them away for a bit, but they always return, and hopefully I'll be ready to capture a beautiful macro shot of a bee entering a blossom, or a hummingbird poking its long beak in my strategically-placed feeder. I really love the early morning, just as the sun is rising, and dew is still coating everything. It's fun capturing the reflections of a droplet about to succumb to gravity.
The sun itself is a favored subject of mine in my photographic endeavors. Simply place it's brightness behind just the perfect leafy branch of a tree, to diffuse that brightness - and voila! a great sun ray shot. If there are clouds in the sky - yeah, occasionally there are! - then the varied hues of colors are absolutely stunning!
My roses, mums, hyacinths, and daisies are always good standbys for a beautiful shot, playing with the available lighting.
I've proverbially 'killed' three birds with one stone: beautiful landscape, great images, and a satisfied soul. What else can one ask for!
February 17th, 2012
As I am away from my own computer at the moment, photos will come later. But I am too impatient to wait until later to post my first blog entries.
The more I delve into Fine Art America/Artist Websites, the more I am impressed by the scope of what they provide artists. Not that I'm a complete internet guru or geek, but I've surfed and research enough over the years to know a bit about it; and these two sites are unique and rare. They offer so much to artists, and so inexpensively (so wonderful in this awful economy) I can't believe it isn't larger than it is. And though that may change, I'm glad it's not too big. I've only been a member for just a few days, and I've already been 'noticed'!! If this kind of artist support continues as time goes by, I'll be here for quite some time.
I'm exploring different groups and determining which ones I'd like to pursue. And, as I said before, more photos will be loaded into my site on an ongoing basis - http://delectablesii.artistwebsites.com/
Thank you FAA for being 'out there'!