The Big Dump 2012 – Looking Up

Looking East from my deck.
Looking East from my deck.

I tend to look up a lot.  Perhaps it’s the hope of finding an escape from this rock, a portal that briefly opens up and offers us the change to leave all the crap, and travel to a better world . . . or, I just like the sights.

On one of the many instances rain chose to bypass us, it still offered up a sight that, for a bit, lifted my spirits.

Not only that, it lasted a good while.
Not only that, it lasted a good while.

But it’s not just rainbows . . . this next sight was captured one evening on my way home.

Clouds have the power to hold my interest.
Clouds have the power to hold my interest.

I keep thinking I’ll see a massive spaceship break out of one, filling the sky with the hope of meeting intelligent beings.  Then again, they would have come here on an election year.  How smart could they be, really?

Not much can dwarf Pikes Peak, but a big-ass cloud can make it look puny.
Not much can dwarf Pikes Peak, but a big-ass cloud can make it look puny.

Whenever there are clouds out and about (a relatively rare occurrence where I live), I make it a point to pay attention as the sun goes down.

Sunsets are big drama queens, always wanting to show up human artists.
Sunsets are big drama queens, always wanting to show up human artists.

I invariably have to greatly tone down the photos just to be able to see some detail.  I can zoom in, and expose just for the bright areas . . .

The event horizon
The event horizon

or I can take a panorama to try and capture the majesty of the sight.

Six (I think) photos merged in Photoshop.
Six (I think) photos merged in Photoshop.

Still, unless one has a massive monitor, they don’t get anywhere near the impact.

Photos in portrait mode tend to show more since the post limit how wide a photo can be, but there is no vertical limit (practical vertical limit – I’m sure there is a limit).

One should never split a picture down the middle.
One should never split a picture down the middle.

Sometimes, when the sun has already stopped playing at the horizon, it sends a few stray rays to light up some of the higher clouds.  This was one such case, and here is the sequence of that particular game (presented without captions).

Sunplay - 1

Sunplay - 2

Sunplay - 3

Sunplay - 4

Sunplay - 5

Keeping with clouds, these next few were shot from my deck looking approximately North, where most of the rain seemed to head.

Again, awesome.
Again, awesome.
Just as awesome in B&W
Just as awesome in B&W
This looks like the remnant of a nuclear explosion.
This looks like the remnant of a nuclear explosion.
And these look part of a ground-attack unit as they crest Bald Mountain (just North of us).
And these look part of a ground-attack unit as they crest Bald Mountain (just North of us).

A few weeks later, under a heavy cloud cover, the sun punched through for another dramatic sunset.  While not as sweeping, it was nonetheless intense in its fierceness.

Escape from the clouds
Escape from the clouds
The clouds shore up their ranks.
The clouds shore up their ranks.
End run; the Sun makes a break for it!
End run; the Sun makes a break for it!
"Not so fast!" . . . the clouds send in their Black Ops.
“Not so fast!” . . . the clouds send in their Black Ops.
OK, we'll call it a draw.
OK, we’ll call it a draw.

Of course, it’s not just clouds.  For instance, I always look up at Pikes Peak.  This time of year the light is at the right angle to let me see the Dog on the Mountain.

Can you see the hound?
Can you see the hound?

And then, there’s always the moon . . .

The Moon and Clouds in B&W
The Moon and Clouds in B&W

All of these shots were in the early evening, before the sun had set.

They look good in color . . .
They look good in color . . .
. . . but work in B&W as well.
. . . but work in B&W as well.

Color . . .

. . . or Black and White.

I would quote lines from Nights in White Satin, but that would just make me nostalgic for decent music.

As usual, the photographs can be seen in higher resolution, more detail, etc. etc. in the SmugMug gallery (click HERE).  Thanks for stopping by and perusing my stuff..

Pressure Points
Pressure Points

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