I’m dedicating this one to someone I love dearly, her birthday is today. I have watched her body slowly betray her. I have felt the darkness slowly closing in. I’ve seen fleeting moments of fear and hopelessness.
But I’ve also been witness to an incredible display of bravery, tenacity and hardiness. The stubborn refusal to allow the hopelessness to take over. The light inside her has always stayed bright, despite adverse circumstances. This one is for her.
This is a scene that happened over Sparks Lake in Oregon. A long single lenticular cloud started to disperse right at sunset to create an array of stunning cloud structures. The side light from sunset brought incredible definition and depth to the sky. Had the sun set an hour earlier, this display wouldn’t have been nearly as good.
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Best viewed on black. No, really.
South Sister and Broken Top from Sparks Lake · Deschutes National Forest · Bend · Oregon · USA
Parched driftwood languishes on the shores of Sparks Lake like some mastodon tusk from a bygone ice age, watching as a cloudless sky ushers in the day in the chill of a late October morning–as if I needed further evidence of my sucky cloud mojo. Still, the beauty and serenity of the lake cannot be denied regardless of the lack of dramatic atmospheric conditions.
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Taken while leading a workshop here in Central Oregon last week.
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