My third attempt.

I think I finally found the right path. A way to stack pictures. A way to show the energy of nature. The rebirth of spring. One of the best things that I know. It’s real. It’s powerful.

I’d like to add that we can’t harm it. But, we know better. We can. We do. We’d better change our ways.

We also can observe. Look. Document. Show others. Motivate others. Teach others. Remember that every moment is precious. A gift. To use wisely. Or, not at all.

Whatever we do. Do it well. Try to make our actions meaningful. Live in the moment they say. Fair enough. That thinking is thousands of years old. Know that. Acknowledge that. We didn’t think of it. Old masters did. Understand that. We are the last in a very long chain. Honor that. That’s hard. The best way that I know is to keep going.

The picture. It’s two pictures. One layered on top of another. I thought it told the story of the season. It did take a lot of work in post production. As I said, it’s my third attempt. I think I finally got it. It looks right. It feels right.

For those of you who want to know.

I did my normal post production on the first picture. I made sure not to let the color and contrast go crazy. When that felt about right, I dropped another version of the picture on top of that. I kept it slightly off-center, giving the finished work a little movement. I cropped, adjusted and finished the picture by softening and darkening the edges. A perfectly edge to edge sharp picture didn’t feel right. Softening the edges accidentally created depth.

Spring. Nature’s way of going forward.



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      • Thank you. Very kind. My camera might have a better time than me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, going to a place that seems so far out of the way, where do you stay, eat, stuff like that?


      • It is rather bleak, Ray. Actually that particular corner is VERY bleak, and the wind often howls! That said, Namibia is a beautiful country: vast, arid, sparsely populated, sometimes bleak, sometimes saturated with primary colours, but it always speaks to one’s soul. Love it. And clearly you would too.


      • I’ve seen some work from there… the orange desert and blackened trees. It seems like every passing photographer stops there. I think I’d better figure out who to approach about going there.


      • Ah, yes. You are referring to Deadvlei. Yip, also passed by, but like you say, every photographer stops there. I honestly think there are more interesting places in Namibia to photograph.

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      • I’m sure there are. I try to stay away from the places that have “tripod hole” from all the passing photographers. I’ll have to do some research — best times of year, best seasons of light, cost, all of those things — but, it sounds fun. Let me ask you, what do you think are the minimum and maximum amounts of time thatI could work there and accomplish anything?


      • Mmmm, that is a tricky questions, as it is such a vast country. It all depends on all the places you would like to visit, as Etosha in the far north, is very different for instance from the Fish River Canyon in the far south. That said, I would think three or four weeks should be a realistic time frame for a trip that is not too rushed. A lot of tourists rent 4×4 vehicles with tents on top, as camping is a wonderful option in Namibia.

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      • That’s good information. It’s about what I think too…. three or four weeks. For me, it isn’t always making the picture. It’s also about waiting for the picture and the right light. That might make me a little different than most tourists.


      • Most definitely, Ray. Another reason I think you would enjoy Namibia, as it is one of those countries where there really is no rush, and where one can comfortably linger in the landscape to wait for the right light. And the 4×4 camping option would be the perfect option for just that. I was unfortunately tied to a tight timeline and accommodation bookings as I was travelling with my dad and stepmom, but would have much preferred to have had more time to linger in places.

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      • This is starting to sound better and better. Tell me about the cost of things, please. Guest houses and hotels seem reasonably priced, but food, fuel stuff like that. And, seasons? I imagine it’s hot most of the time. Dry or humid? Yeah, I could Google of this, but I’d rather talk to you — you’ve been there — to ask these questions.


      • If you think that the guest houses and hotels are reasonably priced, I think you will find food and fuel also reasonable. I am working on a post about my recent road trip, and will see if I can answer all your questions in the course of writing it, Ray. Will try and get it out before the end of the month!

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      • I guess. I suppose that it’s seasonal. We usually stay in business class hotels when we work. Anything is less expensive than them ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be looking forward to it. Oh, I looked at airfare. It’s a little hard to get there, but prices are surprisingly on the low side.


      • Yip, it will be a long way for you, Ray. I would guess about four different flights, as I suspect the only way to get to Namibia is via Johannesburg in South Africa. Interesting that the fares are not too expensive, though.

        Some places definitely take more effort to reach than others. I have dreamed of visiting Peru for as long as I can remember, but the sheer amount of money, time and effort it would take just to get there has put me off completely thus far. The only time I set foot on the Americas was when I went to Rio to meet my husband when he participated in a transatlantic sailing race. The flight from Abu Dhabi to Sao Paulo was fifteen-and-a-half hours, and from there to Rio was a short hop. I think about an hour’s flight. Thank goodness we had enough air miles to book first class tickets, which made the flight very comfortable. The problem now is that I get heart palpitations just thinking about sitting in economy class for that length of time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • It’s not as bad as all that. New Orleans to New York, New York to Qatar, Qatar to Namibia. About USD1500. There are other routes that seem to cost more money. USD1500 is fairly inexpensive for that much flying. We can spend USD500-600 just flying in the US if we can’t book in advance and buy super cheap seats.

        We travel a lot. This conversation started while we were in New Zealand. We are now home in New Orleans. Because of that, we have huge air miles and most of our travelling is for business — mine or hers. So, we book business class and depending on the length of the flight, upgrade to first. We flew SQ home, so first class was a little room. That was cool. First time for us. You get a bed that’s a little bigger than a double, a couple of lounge chairs, a large screen monitor and a desk. Oh, and you have a shared restroom with three other cabins that comes with onboard showers. It was amazing. probably never get to do that again.


      • Wow, that is really cheap, Ray. I thought it would be more. Three legs are also less than I thought. SQ first class sounds amazing. Much better than EY. Such a joy on a long haul flight to experience such space and luxury. And hopefully you get to enjoy it again. One never knows! Hope you recover quickly from the jet lag.

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      • Actually, there is an even better route on a German airline called Condor. NOLA to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Namibia. It’s much less flying and transit time. It costs about $400 more, which is nothing when you think of the travel.

        We were lucky about this trip. SQ has two classes of services within First Class. For some reason the put us in the cabin.

        Eastbound from across the dateline usually takes two weeks to fully recover. But the last couple of days aren’t much. You might be a little bit clumsy or feel a touch of sorts.

        We just have to figure out when to go. We are booked through August. We have commitments in December.


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