Transitions   24 comments

The edge of the continent, and the edge of night, at the westernmost point of the contiguous United States, Cape Alava, Washington.

The edge of the continent, and the edge of night: westernmost point of the contiguous United States at Cape Alava, Washington.

It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in the WordPress weekly challenge.  I like this week’s theme, Transitions.  A lot.  I think of it more broadly as the “edge”.  I love pictures captured at the edge, or within a transition: from the literal edge of a cliff to the edge of a human expression, and everything in between.

These photos are mostly about the transition from sunset colors to dusk (blue hour).  I think it’s my favorite time to shoot landscapes.  Even my blog’s header image, moonrise over Monument Valley, depicts an evening transition.  For variety, I included a photo where a Cambodian woman is at the edge of smiling, plus one captured at the dramatic transition from dry season to the rains in Africa.  To see an image displayed bigger and better, just click on it.  Enjoy!

The amazing Bolaven Plateau of southern Laos.

The amazing Bolaven Plateau of southern Laos.

Edge of a smile: Cambodia.

Edge of a smile: Cambodia.

I've never seen a more dramatic change of seasons than the one from hot & dry to the rains in Africa.  A lone wildebeest stands against the first thunderstorm of the season, sweeping dust ahead of it: Mbabe Depression, Botswana.

I’ve never seen a more dramatic change of seasons than the one from hot & dry to the rains in Africa. A lone wildebeest stands against the first thunderstorm of the season, sweeping dust ahead of it: Mbabe Depression, Botswana.

High up on Mt. Rainier, clouds filling the valley below helped to reveal the edge of night.

High up on Mt. Rainier, clouds filling the valley below helped to reveal the edge of night.

End of the golden hour transitioning to night: Portland, Oregon.

End of the golden hour transitioning to night: Portland, Oregon.

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24 responses to “Transitions

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  1. All impressive and difficult to take my eyes off…The B&W stands out though – the storm coming. A precious moment for the two of you.

  2. Those are some incredible photographs and I love that they include both nature and people. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Really awesome photos 😊

  4. Living on the edge – great place to be.

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  6. I’m speechless. You have enough talent for several photographers, Michael. The Mbabe wildebeest is one of the most powerful images I’ve seen in a very long time.

    • Thank you Dries! And you are probably the only one I know who knows where the Mbabe is. I couldn’t believe the violence of that storm, though there wasn’t much rain with it, just a very big blow! I also couldn’t believe the wildebeest was just standing there, but a moment after this shot he ran from the storm.

  7. Awesomely Beautiful!

  8. While all these photos are stunning, the one of the wildebeest in Botswana is extraordinary. It looks almost as if it could be an etching or lithograph and has wonderful delicacy.

    Melissa Shaw-Smith
  9. Beautiful series on Transition, MJF. The night sky and clouds above Mt. Ranier is incredible. Your blog is gorgeous.

  10. We are undergoing a transition here in Costa Rica, from the rainy season to the dry one. Not as dramatic as the ones you show, but most welcome for us photographers. Nice pictures!!

  11. The shot of the tree with the cloud is a stunner!

  12. I’m pleasingly impressed with your images, and your travels. The header certainly looks like Arches National Park, where I am just posting about a visit earlier this month; and I’ve taken the rainy, wooden trail to the Washington Coast back in about 1990. Always looking forward to your “work,” or should I call it passion! M 🙂

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