Nicely balanced, with a hint of trepidation, posing for the viewer until further notice.
The west is filled with grand visions of grand vistas, mountains and beautiful coastal areas. But I also discovered that there are amazing tree shapes to be explored. Yes, there are plenty of trees that grow tall and straight, but in the high desert area, there are scrub trees that attain some of the most unusual shapes I have ever seen. This is just one example of the images I am working with from the area. This one is more root structure than what might be seen growing above ground, but it has obviously been worked on by time, water and air. This image is from my visit to Smith Rock State Park near Redmond, Oregon.
On a recent early morning hike in the hills above my home, I found myself in the company of four ravens enjoying the air currents rising from below. While standing on the rock outcropping watching their graceful flight, I was surprised when they started making close passes to where I was standing, often coming within about thirty feet of me. In case you don’t know, ravens are several times larger than crows and are graceful in the sky. Having one of these magnificent birds make a close pass is amazing and inspiring. In Native and Shamanic circles, ravens can signal several things. Here is an excerpt from one website:
It’s time for you to make changes within yourself. Embrace your true potential and become who you really are.-Raven
If Raven comes to you:
If Raven has come visiting you it can mean any number of things. Most powerful of all is the synchronicity that Raven assures you is pending. He is a master of bending and folding time and space so that you are exactly in the right moment at the right time. As a messenger you are reminded that those around you are reflecting back at you the things you most have to learn about yourself.
Know that when Raven appears that magic is imminent. Raven is about rebirth, recovery, renewal recycling and certainly reflection and healing. He signifies moving through transitions smoothly by casting light into the darkness.
Interesting cloud formations that come with changing weather around Lake Superior.
Canon 5D MkII, ISO 2000, 70mm, f/2.8, HDR Efex Pro 2
Smoke rising from a campfire, blending with late afternoon sunlight.
Canon Powershot ELPH 340 HS, ISO 100, 4.5mm, f/3.6, 1/640 sec, and little bit of Adobe Lightroom CC.
Not much left over…