Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hot Texas Sun

SWF

It was hot this day, 100+ °F. in the shade.

I was on a Nature Hike at the Ft. Worth nature Center & Refuge with Michelle Villafranca. We were in the "Prairie Barrens" area and I was interested in studying the plant communities on the 'barrens' a little more closely. This photo is near the edge of a barrens area approaching some glades.

click on the photo for a better view

This photo is an example of a statement that I have said in previous posts. When you take a photo, try to remember not only what it looked like, but the weather, what birds you were hearing (titmice, or other sounds), time of day, what smells were in the air (dry hot grass in this instance), any breezes stirring the air, anything unusual about the geology, etc.. It will enhance the pleasure of viewing the photo later.

Note the characteristic color of 'Little Bluestem' on the left.

Google 'prairie barrens' for more information.

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Troy
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51 comments:

Dewdrop said...

Gosh, Troy. That actually looks hot. Stay cool.

Arija said...

A beautiful landscape, I have always loved that shade of ochery Naples yellow of the grass, so nice against the dark green trees.

Sylvia K said...

Being from Dallas originally -- it definitely looks hot to me! Great shot! And, yes, stay cool!

Happy SWF!

Sylvia

RuneE said...

It looked barren indeed - and I can feel the heat.

Sara G said...

Beautiful photo!
Happy SWF!

kjpweb said...

Looks a bit like Florida, temps are right, too. Though I reckon a little less humid than over here.
And I know exactly the feel when seeing certain images, one took.

clairz said...

Lovely photo, great ideas.

Vita Stunder said...

Beautiful landscape Troy, but it looks really hot - stay cool!

Have a great weekend!
Anna

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Beautiful shot, and yes, I can feel the heat.
Janice.

overtiredmum said...

What a beatiful and strange coloured sky. I'm more used to the grey coloured ones.

Love the idea of noticing whats around when taking a photo.

xo

Photo Cache said...

It does look like hot from the photo. But lovely place to visit.

Rob Ripma said...

Interesting habitat. Nice shot!

Martha Z said...

Although I am usually a mountain person, this is very apealing.

James said...

Very interesting and beautiful. The heat is one thing about Texas that I don't miss.

Diane AZ said...

It looks like a beautiful place to walk. I love the yellow colored grass and blue sky.

david mcmahon said...

Interesting colours suggesting heat - and like you, I try and recall as many relevant details about my surroundings to tell the story of an image.

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

Oh dear, I do feel the warmth... I so hate the heat, I am NOT a summer person in no way at all!
We did go through a difficult heat spell but cooler air has finally come upon us in the last 3 days.
I am ecstatic!

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

This is wonderful, love the narration as well. I will try to remember that.

Thank you for visiting me as well!

Ebie said...

Great landscape photo! But I do not know if I can stand the heat! We better stay cool!

bobbie said...

It does look like a hot day. I know I could not deal with TX heat.

Celine said...

Troy,
I love nature hikes and do know what it is to feel that heat!
Thanks for those tips of what to remember when shooting a picture.

theacorntrail said...

Nice shot & nice view.

Happily Retired Gal said...

What a gorgeous blue sky! Thanks for sharing. Stay 'cool' ... ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

nonizamboni said...

An enlargement really gave me a view of so much flora and I did listen for the birds. Thanks for sharing your view.

Carver said...

Beautiful post and photograph. It's been hot here too but not quite that hot.

April said...

Lots of interesting things to see in your photo. Gorgeous landscape!

Pearl Maple said...

Well done, it is a lovely view thank you for taking Sky Watch on that walk with you. The comments about taking the time to experience with all your senses is so true, by imprinting in your memory banks the sound of the birds and how the breeze felt on the day it can come back every time you see the photo.

Dimple said...

It does look hot! It is beautiful, though.

Babooshka said...

I agree with you about the whole viewing experience. My job as a photographer often means conveying in one untampered image what you described. That's why your images are so talative if you know what I mean, you photograph a mood, a feeling.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The colours of the grasses and sky are super together. Wonderful contrast!

Dawn said...

I'm so glad you stopped by. Enjoyed discovering your blog!
Dawn

Carol said...

Nice landscape shot...so many shades of yellow in that dry grass...stark beauty...

J Bar said...

A great summery shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Jim K said...

I know what you mean about the smell of dry grass. This feels hot just looking at it.

SandyCarlson said...

Your photo is tantalizing. It leaves me feeling warm and wishing I could take in those perfumes.

Regina said...

Beautiful shot.

Light and Voices said...

Thanks for the tip about using the five senses when taking a photograph.
jfm

quilly said...

That luminous sky is amazing! What a remarkable color!

Dan said...

We could use some heat over here now, so please if you could help...;-) Beautiful landscape.

Happy weekend;-)

Kathiesbirds said...

Nice contrast of the golden grass with the aqua sky all in a horizontal plane. Very peaceful to the eye! (Except for those spikey plants in the grass that is!)

Scotty Graham said...

Hi Troy...nice to have you back. Agree with you...the nice thing about photography is that is always brings back smells, sights and other memories of the scene...

Cheers,

Scotty

Eric said...

Well composed picture, love the blue sky, Have a nice SWF.

Mark Kreider said...

I agree whole heartedly with your presence, time, place, awareness philosophy. If you're there... BE there. Thanks for the timely reminder!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Troy: The heat and the lack of rain are certainly shown in your photo.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic shot and beautiful sky !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Lorac said...

It looks hot. Could you send us a little of that heat to Ontario? We seem to be a little short these days. Love the shot, makes me feel warm.

Will said...

Great photo. What a clear blue sky. This is a beautiful scene; however, I can almost sense the heat radiating in the air on a day like this.

Hyde DP said...

O so different from the damp grass around here.

Wolynski said...

I'm going to have to Google barrens, because the photo doesn't look barren. You have aroused my interest in wishing to visit Texas - haven't met a Texan I didn't like.

Bz said...

I stopped by your new site (you left a comment about it). Couldn't leave a commnet w/o giving email-so didn't. But, your site looks great. Nice pics -as always.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Does look warm and the colors are lovely in gold and green captured here- Have a great weekend-