Scenes From The Road III

August 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

One of my favorite times of the day in the Wichita's is late afternoon into early evening before the Sun sets. The light late on a Summer day illuminates the landscape and turns it into warm golden hues and vibrant greens that is almost magical. The various shapes of the granite boulders and rocks look like a childs playground and the multitude of greens and yellows of the wild grasses and foliage add contrast like few other places in Oklahoma. Throw in the color of blue from the sky and a lake and you have a marvelous combination.

Evening DelightEvening DelightA golden evening at Jed Johnson Lake highlighting typical terrain and flora in the refuge.

"EVENING DELIGHT"

Nikon D700 / Tokina AT-X Pro 17-35/4 SD Aspherical @ 17 mm @ f/11 @ 1/80 second @ ISO 400. Processed in Lightroom 5 and Topaz Detail 3.

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Oklahoma displays some of the most fantastic clouds in the sky. I suppose that much of this is due to the prevailing weather patterns and some due to the wide open spaces that give the appearance of what we call the 'Big Sky'. I spend a good deal of time reading weather reports (not the typical run of the mill forecasts but the 'Discussions' that go in depth into what the predictions forecast) in an effort to make decisions on whether or not to go out or not. Being a landscape photographer I mostly check wind patterns and velocities but also what the predictions say about trends over the course of days. What I intend to photograph is dependent on these forecasts. One thing that is constant is the presence of high thin cirrus clouds that usually take the shape of wispy tendrals that seem to swirl around in a play of chaos and abandon as if they are children spinning dizzily in an endless dance of fun.

Before The Rains ComeBefore The Rains ComeSunrise on Quanah Parker Lake before the rains come again.

"BEFORE THE RAINS"

Nikon D700 / Tokina AT-X Pro 17-35/4 SD Aspherical @ 17 mm @ f/11 @ 1/200 sec @ ISO 500. Processed in Lightroom 5 & Topaz Detail 3.

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I will leave you this time with an abstract image of a dark rock called Gabbro. I made 21 photos of this scene as the wind whipped the long thin leaves of wild grass back and forth across the face of the rock. Gabbro is formed at extreme depths in the crust but is never errupted onto the surface though it is kin to Basalt which does errupt (Hawaiian vocanoes). It is made up of dense slowly cooled large coarse crystals of plagioclase and other mafic minerals (See this link: http://geology.about.com/od/rocks/ig/igrockindex/rocpicgabbro.htm ). Most of the gabbro exposed in the Wichita's is covered in various colors of lichen and is heavily eroded. Until next time . . . TW

Grabbro & Grasses IGrabbro & Grasses IScattered throughout the refuge you will find these dark gray to black colored boulders called gabbro. They occur in outcrops and some are the size of cars. They are ususally covered with lichen of various colors. This image was made not long after the rains one morning.

"GABBRO & GRASSES"

Nikon D700 / Tokina AT-X Pro 17-35/4 @ 28 mm @ f/9 @ 1/3 sec @ ISO 100. Processed in Lightroom 5 & Topaz B&W Effects 2.

 

 


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