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Pictures for Pam, Day 57: Sepia Starbursts

Pictures for Pam, Day 57: Sepia Starbursts
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Oh, it's so nice to be home! There's nothing like a bit of perspective and time away to really enjoy being back after a trip! And what a fine trip we had. It was wonderful to visit my brother Brian and his wife Nathalie this past six days. Yet, getting back to your usual routine is really nice when you've been away for a while.

I stepped outside this morning feeling totally overjoyed. There was a thick layer of frost blanketing everything around me, the ground crunched an enthusiastic greeting and I eagerly returned to my daily walk up and down the driveway. I was happy to see that the resident fox didn't leave a welcome-home present for me!

As I relaxed into my exercise, I reflected on our trip down to the San Francisco Bay Area. We'd originally planned on driving into San Francisco for some night photography but as it turned out, we were perfectly happy just hanging out and relaxing. We've made mistakes in the past of packing way too much into our trips so this time we decided to do what felt right instead of what we'd planned to do, and this made our trip perfect.

I brought my camera with the mere desire to take pictures around my brother and wife's home, with anything more being a bonus. I was happy as a clam capturing images of Nathalie's garden, interesting photos inside and out, all manner of stuff that caught my eye. It was such fun. But we also got to go on a couple of hikes into the hills above their home in San Anselmo, and there I got piles of pictures of a zillion different things! I think that what I should do is create some collages to show the neat subjects I captured. When I got home and copied my pictures over, the total number was 1444! Totally amazing!

Today's image was from our first hike as the sun was creeping below the hills. It was impossible to miss the sun shining through a huge old oak tree but I had no idea that I would get the result I'm posting today! I have never had an image with so many stars without being a long-exposure shot!

Pam, did you get the chance to visit any of the pretty places in Marin? I'm going to bet your friends took you to Muir Woods, which isn't too far from where my brother and wife live. That was one place I would like to visit again, this time with my camera. I'm so happy to hear from you that you'd gotten so many pictures…it will be nice to see a few more from your adventure! Thinking warm thoughts of you my dear!

Explored on 1/5/19, highest placement, #6.

Sarah P., Marco Zerbini, AD AD, Guy Bacca and 46 other people have particularly liked this photo

34 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Spectacular POV!

Admired in:
21 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
21 months ago.
neira-Dan club
Extraordinaire starburst
21 months ago.
©UdoSm club
21 months ago.
uwschu club
Ist ja der Sonnige Wahnsinn, ist mir auch noch nie gelungen, so viele Sonnen auf einmal.
Kein Wunder, das es bei uns nur regnet :-))!
Schöne Geschichte dahinter, liest sich gut.
Angenehmes Wochenende, Janet
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, this is just FABULOUS, Janet *********************** This first hike of sun is so pretty !
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
21 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Superb backlit image Janet.
21 months ago.
Boro club
Superbe *******
21 months ago.
Schussentäler club
superbe on black, the landscape is in wonderful light and colors
21 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
The stars are bursting so prettily Janet. I often find it difficult to get this effect. Sometimes it works but more than often it doesn't for me. A delightful picture.
21 months ago.
Zulma club
As always, you hit the spot, not only with you photo but with your words and with your comments on mine. Thank you my dear Pod Sister. The sepia is absolutely the perfect tone for the mesmerizing silhouette. Have a wonderful Saturday Janet. Hugs!!
21 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Merci pour ce beau soleil éclatant Janet, ici c'est vraiment trop gris ce jour... quelle chance bien saisie !+++ bon WE
21 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wonderful tones ! And great against the light ! A very romantic composition !
21 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Like you Janet, I've been away visiting family for a while and I'm now playing "catch-up" with everyone..!! Unfortunately, I haven't got the time to visit every photo posted by my contacts, so it will be pretty random.

Anyway, this is absolutely wonderful..!! The sepia tones are really beautiful and the sunlight leaking through the branches of the trees is just glorious!
21 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo. Nicole.
21 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
Lovely sepia toning, Janet. I love the gradations of colours in the undulations of the hills. All the best, Joe
21 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Un bel éclat de lumière !
21 months ago.
cammino club
I love that old-fashioned tone and the wonderful sun stars!
21 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What an outstanding photo Janet. I love the sepia tone but with those amazing stars- superb. So glad you had a great holiday and have returned all rested.
21 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful starbursts!
21 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Very nice tones and amazing starbursts through the branches in a beautifully composed image,
excellent narrative as always Janet, so pleased you had a good holiday.

Thank you for posting in the group
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
très joli janet !!
21 months ago.
RHH club
Wonderful image and all the better in sepia, Janet. We are finally home alone and exhausted with the last of the family leaving this morning. Cleaned up the house and fell asleep in front of football game, something I seldom watch. So we were not away from home like you and Steve but might as well have been with all the guests.

We've found, too, that we enjoy trips more when we go at our own pace, which is quite slow at our age, and do whatever we feel like doing. We usually have longer trips planned out but seldom follow the plan and are happier that way. Hiking is the same. If we don't feel like it we don't or don't go very far.
21 months ago.
Simply amazing, Janet.
Perfectly captured.
Stunning work.
21 months ago.
tiabunna club
Beautiful. We still enjoy travel, but like you find that we're always very pleased to be back among our familiar surroundings.
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... totally awe-inspiring "on black": completely fills the screen ...

... sepia is a wonderful choice ...
21 months ago.
sea-herdorf club
Die Sonne verglüht, Janet.
Sehr schön im Gegenlicht.
Wünsche Dir eine gute Woche
21 months ago.
polytropos club
Excellently captured! I like the horizontal orientation and its intersecting soft lines! Wonderful how the sunsrays break through the silhouette of the tree at the right position of the pic and form the focus!
21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Just absolutly perfect for me !******************
There is such poetry emanating from this photo that it makes us feel better, and that we can imagine the space of a moment of contemplation, that the world has softened and has become a land of sweetness******
Thank you so much for this beautiful part of your soul that you share here, Janet ! **Hugsss**
21 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
sehr schön mit den Reflexen, obwohl ich eigentlich diese künstlichen gleichmäßigen dünnen Sonnenstrahlen nicht mag ...
21 months ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
it is fantastic
21 months ago.
 Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca club
Superbe !!!!!!!
21 months ago.

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