Sunday, March 2, 2014

Photographing Weather: Mother Nature at Its Best, and at Its Worst

Weather Photography

Blizzards, snow storms, hurricane (Sandy and Katrina come to mind), heat waves and polar vortexes, and also sunsets and sunrises, or only a solitary ray of sunlight peering through fog...they are all manifestations of Mother Nature. Maybe...signs that She is still in charge. She's the Great Sculpture of our world, through Her forces of creation, and also destruction. Or as some of us call it--Mother Nature at its best, and at its worst.

Here are a few examples of Mother Nature at work on shaping our planet, and, with it, the world in which we live. Hope you'll enjoy the images.





Atlantic ocean shaping the coast of Portugal at Sagres, the closest European point to the American continent. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Waves Sculpting the Coastline. Atlantic ocean shaping the coast of Portugal at Sagres, the closest European point to the American continent. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. Waves splash against the coastline, shaping it, eroding it, cutting into land.
Have you ever watched Mother Nature at work? Close-up or from afar? Have you ever watch the struggle of the ocean. Its waves smashing against the cliffs, shaping them with each droplet of water, and salt, and wind. Have you ever listen to the sounds of the ocean while at work? Or to the wind brushing the coastlines? Creating...monster-like profiles?

I'm asking, because either if we want it or not, either we are aware of it or not, Nature is constantly working on our planet. Shaping it. Sculpting it, in a way. Creating new forms. Destroying old ones. As if giving our planet an ongoing make-over.

Nature's Made: Portrait of an eroded cliff against a cloudy sky. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Nature's Made: Portrait of an eroded cliff against a cloudy sky. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

I snapped the above image while walking the coastline, in a land far, far away. To be, the cliff resembles a human portrait, captured against a background of clouds and water.



Of Waves and Clouds. Stormy, funnel-like clouds are approaching. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
On a nice summer-y day, I stood on the rocks, watching the waves splashing away. Then the sky started to get gray. And I noticed the funnel-shaped threatening clouds approaching. Moments later, it started to pour. No tornado, just clouds and rain water.
 
Ray of Sunlight Peering Through Fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Ray of Sunlight Peering Through Fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

And in the end, the light always peers through fog or clouds, or even rain.


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author



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