This is #10 and the last of the images I submitted to the 2015 Audubon Photo Contest. I think this one is my favorite because it contains five elements that float my boat: the desert, rocks, ancient history, birds, and a sense of spirituality. Floating one’s boat in the desert is always surprisingly satisfying.
In 2005, when I bought a 4 mega pixal Cannon A520—purely for keeping a personal journal—I took the background shot in this photo at Jackson Bottom Wetlands. Looking at it in my trial version of Photoshop Elements, I liked it better upside down and thought all it really needed was a duck flying through right side up. I did not have any decent pictures of ducks, but I stuck one in there anyway.
That got me started searching out what I began to call “puddle shots”—reflections I could flip to reveal a different world. Many hundreds of puddle shots later, this one is still one of my favorites. All it needed was some decent waterfowl (White-fronted Geese) flying through it right side up.
I’m sure all of you have looked at clouds from both sides by now and often seen in them fluffy animations of bears, poodles, Albert Einstein, etc, etc. When I put this cloud photo together with itself foursquare, all kinds of creatures emerged. It soon became obvious I was seeing two Sandhill Cranes auditioning for a Mother Goose rhyme. Yep.
I found a photo of my sister Virginia that projected the attitude I was looking for.
I persuaded Katie to costume up for for MG’s body.
For the little dog, I found a picture of my childhood pet, Tasha—a very silly, but beloved pooch.
I’m in there too, if you can find me.
I spent a lot of time on this one, but still somehow I really don’t know clouds at all.