A Quiet World

 

 

We have somewhat settled into the new place.   One of my favourites is the abundance of trees in this neighbourhood.  Towering redwoods and other trees break up the horizon line.  Much to my delight, there are quite a few deciduous trees, lately dressed in their flaming autumn colours.  The Japanese Maple right outside my new atelier has transformed itself into a Lady In Red.

 

 

 

 

After a  few foggy mornings, the day of Mercury transit dawned clear.  The Sun was still coming up from behind the trees.  I spent the morning outside, peering through the telescope with a camera attached to it and captured the tiny planet silhouetted against our home star. 

The tiny black dot that looks more like a blemish is really a planet, so small compared to the star it revolves around.   Sitting quietly and staring at a moving dot may not have been a grandiose event, but it certainly was a humbling one.

 

 

 

 

Clearing rain makes for such gorgeous skies.  I ran outside with my camera, feet barely inside my shoes, to grab a few photos before the light faded away into the night.

 

 

 

 

After a splendid show of colours, almost all of the leaves have fallen off the trees.  Sometimes things do change rather quickly.

 

 

 

 

When rain started, unable to sit inside and miss out on the fun, I decided to rake leaves in the rain.  This walnut tree in our backyard is so high that the tree top was blurred by the wet air.

 

 

 

 

I collected a few leaves and acorns for my sketchbook.

 

 

 

 

Wondering how these will turn out when I finish.

 

 

 

Shop Autumn Forest Walk

 

This print of my Autumn Forest Walk went to a new home!  I always get excited about shipping prints, and this is one of my favourites.  She sent me a photo of the print hanging in her home which really made my day!

 

 

 

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A bit of cool blue decided to sneak into my life as I prepared this print for an order.

Whitby, Yorkshire. We were heading out to grab some dinner, the sky and the water were so beautiful with a band of pink in the middle.   Really love that a print of my very first oil painting has gone to a new home.

 

 

 

 

As Mother Nature lays the world to sleep so it can rest and recover, so must I also start my winter hiatus.  Piles and piles of books all around me are waiting to board the bookshelves.  While I lose myself in the world of ink, paper and paint, I wish you all a wonderful and magical holiday season.

 

You can still link up on this month’s  Wandering Camera here.

 

See you in January!
-Soma

 

 

 

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Wandering Camera – Mono Lake Sunrise

 

Hello everyone!  Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  Today I would like to share a few more photos from our last camping trip.  Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra is a very special place.  Its fascinating geology lends to its beauty.  I was a novice photographer when I was there the last time during sunrise many years ago and that left an impression on me.  Now, years later, it was time to revisit and refresh that memory.

 

 

High Sierra Tioga Pass Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

Wandering Camera – Sunset Hour

 

Last month I shared photos of a spontaneous visit to one of the many glacial lakes in the High Sierras during the sunset hour.  It was a magical hour.  Not quite so spontaneous, we headed out next morning toward Mono Lake for the sunrise.

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

In September, High Sierra mornings are already very cold.  Since we were going to be standing still by the lakeside for photography, we bundled up in layers of warm clothing and drove out in the darkness. 

The cold air, the gentle lapping of water on the shore, the peach and cream sky and the intensely blue lake interspersed by the Tufa all combined to make the place look very otherworldly.

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

 

Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Unlike the sunset of the night before which unfolded over the course of an hour, the sunrise was a much briefer affair.   We left shortly thereafter with a dazed head from this ethereal early morning.

 

 

 

Fall Red Leaf Watercolour | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Next week is a holiday week here in the US, so I am posting this month’s Wandering Camera a week early. 

Thank you so much for sharing a little bit about where you live in the comments last month.  I not only loved reading them, I even made a few travel notes.  If you are in the US, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving next week.  If you are elsewhere, I wish you a wonderful week.

 

Will you be starting with early holiday shopping or do you have other plans for the Friday after Thanksgiving?  I will be visiting a redwood forest that I have not been to before.

 

This is also going to be the last Wandering Camera until January.  I will leave the linky party open throughout January in case you want to continue to link up.  I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting, and what you have been creating.

 

Wandering Camera - Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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Wandering Camera – Sunset Hour

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to October’s Wandering Camera!  I love October for many reasons, but this particular one is very special to me.  Twenty years ago, this east coast girl packed up on the last week of October and left for the west coast in pursuit of something she had read in a science fiction book.  I fell in love with the author’s description of California, and sight unseen I moved here.  I fall in love with her more with every passing day.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Last weekend we were without power for a very long time due to major Santa Ana winds.  The trees were swaying as if the ground itself was shaking them.  Colourful autumn leaves were swirling everywhere. Despite the drama, it was a tragic event, really.  I was wondering what keeps me here.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

As you know, I love camping in the high sierras at 10,000 ft. for the cold weather it brings in September.  It is a respite for me from the summer heat.  Despite my wish of seeing the sun colouring the rolling clouds over the high mountains at sunrise and sunset, the day started out quite mundane.

 

Nonetheless, we got up before sunrise at 5:30 AM and drove up to one of the many glacial lakes to see the sun blazing on the mountains.  We were not disappointed.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

As if mother Nature heard me, she started rolling in a few clouds later in the day.

 

 

Camping At The High Sierras Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I was trying hard not obsess about photography this time, and busied myself the next day with a bit of sketching of my new tent at the campground.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

However, when the clouds continued to billow overhead, it was very hard not to heed that call.  My husband, who knows me very well, smiled and we drove to one of our favourite spots on Tioga Pass a little before sunset.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The 360-degree amphitheatre play of light, shadow, and colour unfolded around us slowly over the next hour.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The clouds turned from white to orange to purple and pink.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Then back to orange again on the other side of the mountain.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

It was getting really dark around us and we were the only living beings there apart from the trees to witness the drama that only Mother Nature can create.

 

 

High Sierra Sunset | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We finally left when the last light of the day had truly started fading away into night.  There was an intense pink glow around us still, and it was very hard to part myself from it.  Mesmerized and hypnotized, I wanted to stay there forever and become part of the mountains and the trees.

 

That’s why stay here in California.  I wanted to write something summarising my life here, but how do you capture twenty years of photographic journey in just one single article!  So I decided to share just one intense hour with you. 

 

Celebratory Giveaway

 

Today is my favourite holiday, plus as a celebration of life here in California, I am doing a giveaway.   This giveaway is for those who subscribe to my blog via email.  This is where I share my photos and work in context and I get to communicate with you directly and the most. Thank you for reading and for all the wonderful comments!

Please make sure you follow me and leave a comment.  If you spread the word about the giveaway online, leave another comment mentioning that.  To make things fun, tell me at least one thing that you love about where you live in the comments, I would love to know. 

 

Giveaway has now ended.

 

Also, don’t forget to link up on Wandering Camera. I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting, and what you have been creating.

 

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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Wandering Camera – Old York Street Light

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

Old York Street Light On Etsy

 

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  Before I continue with today’s post, I have something personal to share.  After looking for a house that we can call home for a very long time, my husband and I finally found one a couple of weekends ago.  All things are now set in motion and hopefully we will be moving by mid to late next month.

 

 

 

 

I took this photo when we went to see the house.  It has a beautiful backyard with very old Ash trees and a giant Redwood tree.

 

 

 

 

I am also working on a sewing project that I have had in my mind for a long time.  Carol at Just Let Me quilt is hosting  Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop for Halloween, and this will be just perfect for that.   Here is a sneak peek!

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I would love to have an old wrought iron street light placed somewhere in the new house.  I am very fond of them.

 

 

 

Gamla Stan In Stockholm

 

I love these lights hanging from the brick walls of pubs or cafes in old cities, welcoming people inside after a long countryside walk or to just relax a little by the fireside after travelling a long way.  They somehow fit in both urban decor and medieval decor with ease.

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Not surprising that I found myself painting one such street light hanging above a door.

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I enjoyed painting the weathered walls, specially the bricks.

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

Old York Street Light On Etsy

 

York is such a lovely historic English city that both of us came up with the idea together of calling this painting Old York Street Light

This Yorkshire-inspired art print would be nice for anyone who loves England and Britain as well as people who love old European architecture prints.

I now have prints of this painting available on my Etsy shop.  I would love for you take a look.  As most of my artwork is travel-inspired, I am sure it would make a wonderful travel lover gift too.

This old street lights invokes thoughts of not just travelling, but also art, history, architecture and stories from medieval times.  This print would be lovely for a book lover – anyone who loves to travel through pages.  I can’t wait to hang this in the new house by my books.

 

Thank you for all the wonderful comments, and for sharing your photos with me. I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting and what you have been creating.

 

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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