Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #138 Natural Light: the source of all things photographic.

“Natural light photography uses the sun as a light source. The available light from the sun varies with the time of day. A sunny day provides full illumination, while an overcast day may afford texture and nuance to a photographer.” — Annie Leibovitz

For this theme, Amy would like to share photos of changing light throughout the day in different parts of the world.

Different parts of the day are something I can relate to. Different parts of the world are harder for me. My days of travel occurs when I was in high school. My father, a civil engineer, was working in Karachi, Pakistan. After a few months, the whole family joined him there. I attended Karachi American School (KAS) for two years. I visited London, England; Delhi, India; Katmandu, Nepal; Bangkok, Thailand; Hong Kong; Israel; Rome, Italy; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; and The Netherlands. I returned home to New York for my senior year and my travels stopped. I did visit Niagra Falls, Canada for my first anniversary. About 3 years ago my husband and I got passports, and then life happened. So no travel photos from me.

I thought this challenge would be an easy one. My photographs are carefully cataloged in Lightroom. I can find my sunrise and sunset images. But looking over my catalog I am reminded of all the beauty I have captured, and all the times I spent with my friends and family. I am grateful for this.

Sunrise

I am not usually an early morning person. Though once I am up I appreciate the stillness I feel as the sun fills the sky.

Sunset

My sunsets demonstrate variety. I like being near the ocean. Originally, from New York and now living in California most of my sunsets are reflected on water.

Dramatic End of the day

Lightning strikes along the Sacramento River in downtown Sacramento, Ca.

Light makes such a difference in creating an image. Do you have a favorite time of day to take in the world?

Thoughts on Vacations: Anticipations, Trepidations and Expectations

When I am home and doing my day to day life I imagine getting away from it all. I start watching travel shows like The Amazing Race and the travel channel. The planning process for this trip takes three months . We considers grandkid’s school vacations, pet sitters availability and parental care needs. This time we arrive at a Spring get-away.

Given the wicked cold winter weather around the country we decide on Hawaii. Destination agreed upon I head to AAA. There I meet my travel agent, Phyllis, and together my trip to Maui formed.  I look through the AAA Tour Book, purchase Maui Revealed and started anticipating sights and sounds.  David plays surf music, and I look for swim wear.  This is really going to happen! It seems so far in the future.

Next haircut I think no fuss and go for a wash and wear, get out of the shower and forget the hair dryer, non straightening do.  My straight as sticks hair of my youth has changed into wavy, then curly, and now an even curlier version.  Perfect for the warm, more humid climate.

Suddenly, last minute preparations are made, and the vacation is at hand. Camera, sun screen, new summer crops and tees ready, and packed.

Bags are packed!
Bags are packed!

Now the trepidations occur. I know I will miss my dog, Libby. We go for a walk every day, and when that is not possible she is with me to make me feel right with the world. She is such a stress reliever. When I am not in my routine sometimes I get to thinking too much, and not in a good way. My parents are not doing well, and decide in the last minute that they need someone close by, and so I arrange for my brother to stay in Sacramento for a couple of days. This requires some changes to my planning, but that gets taken care of quickly.

Perfect Sentiments
Perfect Sentiments

Departing from San Francisco
Departing from San Francisco

Then I am reminded that when you leave home you often take your baggage with you, so to speak. As I said trepidations. At this point, I lower my expectations and think of this as just a quick 7 day trip. No wild zip lines, no scuba diving, and no submarine rides. Just some quiet time photographing sunsets, and interesting scenery.

Airport Art
Airport Art

Airport waiting
Airport waiting

As John Denver says in the song Leaving on a Jet Plane “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.. I’m leaving on an jet plane…”

Kahului here we come
Kahului here we come

Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines

Next post, vacation memories!