Clouds along the highway

Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God. ~ Honore De Balzac

I wish I had the photoshop skills (and the software!) to clear up the brightness differences from stitching this panorama together – the blues don’t change like that in real life. But the clouds were really fun this day.

View out the sunroof – wire markers


Ampere was the Newton of Electricity. ~ James C. Maxwell 

Every day on my ride home, I start the climb up the Altamont Pass, and if I look up through the open sunroof at the right moment, i see these little orangish balls on the high power lines. Of course, they are for aviators to see, and seem to be made by, among other companies, the Tana Company (award for ugliest web site). 

LightsThese are cheaper, I suspect, than actually using conductor marking lights, those little strobes you see at night (picture right). Maybe those are only for the towers themselves, not the spans.

A lost baby cloud


Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. ~ John Lubbock 

My wife thinks that this cloud is cute.  Maybe it looks like a pony or something, I don't know.  Enjoy the colors.

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Open sky


By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. ~ Thomas Merton 

Just a nice day out in the fields.

Black hole sun


When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat. ~ Ronald Reagan

This is a closeup of yesterday’s panorama. Enjoy.




Beams of light


“Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.” ~ Mother Teresa 

More clouds and land.  I have photographed this location before, it’s on my ride home along Hwy 5 between Tracy and Patterson. Here’s a few slightly enhanced versions also, as well as the last which is bigger.


Rainbows and butterflies


"In my world everyone is a pony, and they all eat rainbows, and poop butterflies." ~ Katie from Horton Hears a Who

Not a robust rainbow, but the sun shining through onto the fields made for a nice view on my drive home yesterday.  The version below is just larger.  Enjoy.


Altamont Train Trestle


“We are told never to cross a bridge until we come to it, but this world is owned by men who have ‘crossed bridges’ in their imagination far ahead of the crowd.” ~ Anonymous

This train trestle (bridge) passes over Hwy 580E on my way home.  I took this pic by holding my camera out the sun roof at 60mph (almost lost the camera to the wind).  Nice clouds too.  Here’s a few more versions:

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Angry clouds over the Altamont


Before we had airplanes and astronauts, we really thought that there was an actual place beyond the clouds, somewhere over the rainbow. There was an actual place, and we could go above the clouds and find it there. ~ Barbara Walters 

A cube-mate here said that these pictures make it look like God is about to appear.  As you can see, the Altamont Pass is no longer green from winter rains, and grasses have browned as the waterless summer approaches.

Here’s another view.



More panorama experiments – still not good enough


“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” ~  Ernst Haas (1921 – 1986) Austrian photographer and artist

This location is actually one that Larry suggested I photograph – it’s a strange assemblage of little hills that look a bit unnatural.  In all probability, they probably were piles of dirt excavated by the local cement company that owns the surrounding (and probably this) land.  When the grass grows back, it looks like it’s always been there – almost.

My only problem today was that by the time I got here, the light was fading.  I’ll try to get off work earlier to morrow and take these again.

Although the clouds sot of change in the middle of this photo, that’s not an artifact of the photo stitching process – that’s what the sky looked like, although the change in hue and brightness might be a little unnatural due to the differences in the shots that included the sun – my camera probably did a lot of filtering to reduce the glare of the sun, and at the same time, darkened the photos in that area.

Here’s another photo from a different location nearby a few minutes earlier:

As always, don’t forget to click on the images to see the larger version (you will need a monitor resolution of at least 1280 pixels wide to see these – if you don’t know what that means, just click them – if they go outside of your screen’s width, your resolution is less than 1280).

Storms make nice skies


 "A storm in a cream bowl." ~ James Butler, first Duke of Ormonde

Mar05a  Spring is here in California, but the rain storms of winter (that's how it works here) are still rolling through. But winter is vanquished!  Thank God for spring.  Here's a couple shots near Hwy 580 and Patterson Pass Road (seen in second photo) from my way home.