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Spring has Sprung?

Spring has Sprung?

Really the calendar tells me it is spring but Saturday the weather said no sir it is winter still.  The original forecast called for 5-8″ so I thought yeah I can deal with that, besides they have been wrong all winter and fell shot on the predicted amounts all season.

Well I got up at my normal 3:30AM time and looked outside and saw around 2″ of fresh snow on the ground.  Yep they are wrong again, around 4:30 my wife Sandy woke up and turned out our Jack Russell (JJ) and said it was snowing hard.  I checked the weather service and they were predicting up to 10″ now.

At 8AM I fired up the snow blower and blew 6″ of the white stuff away from the cars and part of the yard.  By 10AM they were now predicting 10-14″ in my area with locally higher amounts.  It finally tapered off at around 3PM and we had around 15″.  Back on blower detail once again.  All winter I ran the blower only 2 times total and this weekend I ran it 3 times.  I am ready for spring but it sure did leave a pretty scene on my Sunday morning drive.  Most gravel roads were still impassable but the main roads were good to go.

 

The end of February

The end of February

I went out to The Big Marsh south of Allison Iowa this evening looking to get a picture of migrating waterfowl and all I ended up with was this great sunset image with an interesting cloud pattern.  Funny how things work out when they don’t quite go as plan.

Go to Sunrises

Go to Sunrises

Gotta love chasing down sunrises.  When I left this morning the sky had a lot of pink in the atmosphere before I left and I could see a thick cloud bank in the east.  It did not look very promising but I elected to go anyway.  Today I went towards the Camp Comfort Campgrounds along the Shell Rock River south of Greene Iowa.  There were a few upper level clouds and in the distance the thick cloud bank was getting closer.

At about the time the sun was due to rise I drove into a thickening low cloud cover that was moving very fast.  The sun was trying to break through in many spots along the way and the pic of the day was found south of Clarksville along a gravel road overlooking a farm.  I was very pleased with the finished images in post and with the HDR and fast moving clouds it had a surreal look to it.

Chasing sunsets

Chasing sunsets

A lot of my shoots are done by paying close attention to the time of sunset.  Then I pay close attention to cloud cover, Friday was one of those tricky evenings when clouds came in before sunset and in the last half hour the clouds broke up to make the sky interesting enough to venture out.

Time was running short and I decided to catch the best light possible and headed for one of the highest points in Butler county, this hill was about seven miles away and involved gravel travel to get there.  I took the time to take a few shots of an abandoned farm along the way (first image) and the image following that was taken about fifteen minutes later amazing how fast the sky and colors can change.

The Winter Cottonwood Tree

The Winter Cottonwood Tree

I took my morning sunrise drive in eastern Butler county yesterday and decided to try experimenting in RAW HDR. RAW images are not processed by the camera software and editing is done externally. I set my camera up to bracket 3 shots. Most of my HDR work involves 5 bracketed shots but the buffer in the camera struggles with saving to the SD Card when saving in RAW and JPEG.

My shot of the day was a lone and quite large Cottonwood Tree being backlit by the rising sun. I took various shots of it along the roadside but this one below was my favorite and turned out beautifully. Appear like my switching things up worked and will be doing more of this in the near future.

Framed On The Ice

Framed On The Ice

Some shots are only possible during the winter months such as this one I took on the Shell Rock river at Heery Woods State Park south of Clarksville Iowa.  The twisted tree framed the sunrise perfectly Sunday morning as I stood a little on the ice above the dam.

First Snowfall of the season

First Snowfall of the season

For the most part this Christmas was pretty black around here in NE Iowa.  Yesterday brought a nice blanket of 4″ of powder the bad part was it was followed by sub-zero temperatures but I still managed to get out to a favorite barn of mine that stands alone in a field.  Thought it made a nice winter scene.

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Been having a great time doing some sunset photography as of late with the colder weather the local water holes have glazed over with a nice layer of ice lacking snow so far.  The reflection patterns have been spectacular off the ice.  Some of my best sunset shots I have been able to witness and capture.