by cheri sabraw
Light at the beginning or end of day is the best for photography and painting.
To that point, I arose early this morning to hike the road while the light was low in the eastern horizon.
I also wanted to loosen my back muscles, still sore after driving through the Central Valley and back in less than 24 hours to visit my sister, who has moved away from the Bay Area.
What better to get blood flow than a brisk walk up a hill?
Isn’t the light luscious on the grasses already turning brown? I would paint out that Scotch Broom on the left, an invasive species.
And how about this one?
If only there were deer heads peeking out cautiously from the protection of the grass! I suppose I can paint in a magnificent stag. If only moose lived here, I would have a moose bull stretching his neck and rack out of the grass. I’ll have to make that trip to Newfoundland that I keep talking about if I want to photograph moose.
I’ve been wanting to paint some bovine subjects but all of the cattle on our road are Angus without much contrast. Today, however, the ranchers moved the mothers and older offspring to the pasture by the road. Imagine my delight to see this white-faced, doe and slow-eyed girl with a red tag and a mouthful of breakfast food. What a subject she will be for a painting!
One feisty little guy with red highlights in his coat became very concerned with my presence and that of a blond Labrador sporting a new collar. Love the way the light catches his shoulder and face.
By the time I was heading down the road, the herd had moved to a lush spot on the hill.
I love the greens in this photo and the focal point that the white face provides.
None of these photos are enhanced which goes to show you that early morning or evening light makes Nature’s colors as vibrant as a new filly.