Sunday, October 13, 2013
Reflections of The Belt of Venus or...
...Paddle Boarding in the Shadow of the Earth. Just after sunset there is a beautiful phenomenon that we can clearly see in Santa Barbara thanks to generally clear skies and good views of the horizon. The blue band you see in the sky opposite the location where the sun recently set is actually the shadow of the earth. You can see it cast upon the atmosphere in the distance as the angle of the sunlight dips below the opposite horizon. The pink or purple layer above that is called the Belt of Venus or the anti-twilight arch, which is caused by a completely different phenomenon, a backscattering of the light from the already set sun. You could think of it as a reflection of the sunset that is happening further to the west of your location. Now isn't physics pretty? By the way, if you're more of a morning person you can see these effects just before sunrise too.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tenth Hole Tee Off
A shot from the tee at the tenth hole of Sandpiper Golf Course in Goleta, California. In the distance is the green and water hazard of the 18th hole, with the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Barbara Channel islands in the background. And amzing spot for a great shot (and a nice picture too).
Friday, September 19, 2008
Most of the time the best lighting is not the direct lighting.
At the same time I took this there was quite a bit of sun
on the other side of the bush. Those shots were great, but
this was my favorite.
It's probably a good thing I can entertain myself in the back yard so easily. When the banks all go out of business I can probably still afford my hobby. 'Course I'm going to need to look at some old Gilligan's Island episodes to design my bike generator to keep the web server on.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunset Wharf Walk
The clouds in the distance are actually our "Marine Layer" (fog) that rolls in to the beach in the evening. It was a good night for a walk on the Wharf.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Santa Barbara Courthouse Palms
Another angle on the Santa Barbara Courthouse. The early morning light casts some beautiful shadows.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Zoe loves to travel with us. But she is glad to be home from her adventure in Monterey. She was happy to see her sunbeam was right where she left it for her mid morning nap. All that travel takes a lot out of a hound!
Monday, December 18, 2006
Quilling Snow Man
This is our Christmas tree this year. The holidays have been a little crazy this year so our decorating has been on a rather small scale. This is a little juniper bonsai tree that is on our dining room table. We had some small ornaments and the snowman from last year and it all seemed to go together. I particularly like the snowman's shadow.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Shadows of Paradise
O.K. if you got here from the "Banana Photos" page
I am not going nuts or getting sloppy in my photo categorization. (well, at least not
the second one anyway.) The Bird of Paradise is actually a member of the
Banana [Musaceae] family. Strange but true!
But wait, it gets even stranger! Like bananas, Bird of Paradise are botanically considered herbs since they do not produce any woody stems. (That's right, even the biggest 25 foot banana tree is not really a tree at all.)
Well that is the botany lesson for the day. The photo is pretty nice too, if I do say so myself.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
The angle of the light really brings out the texture of this beautiful flower. I had some fun with the little fuzzy things on the top and a macro lens too. I'll take a close look at the results and see if there is anything interesting to put up here tomorrow.
Thursday, February 2, 2006
The light is perfect on this beautiful flower, the angle brings out the texture of the petals. But, the Internet failed me on this one! I was not able to identify it. I'll keep lookin'.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
The Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
is a beautiful place. Never a shortage of subjects. But, I wonder
if the plants get bored when the gates close and everyone goes home.
At least they can entertain themselves making shadow
puppets on the rocks.
The fern is doing his impression of a Norfolk Pine.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Saturday was a really good show. I pulled out a few
new Hummingbird images for this weekend and they
were very popular.
This was another image that caught a few eyes. It was one of the first images I enlarged years ago when I was just starting to think about showing my photographs.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
I like to take pictures when the sun is low in the sky. The shadows are much more interesting. These Poppies are always beautiful subjects, but to just snap a photo of a white flower in the middle of the day would make for a pretty boring picture. The shadows here accentuate the shapes of the flower and add even more interest to an already beautiful flower.
Saturday, February 5, 2005
El Paseo Shadows
This is one of many cool photographs I can thank my art director for. I took this while walking with my best friend on EL Paseo in Palm Desert. She pointed out the shadows from across the street. I would have walked right past them (and I probably did many times.)