Mother nature must have known I needed new material. The skies were interesting this weekend so I headed out to Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. One of my favorite spots near the windmill was not working, the sunset was directly behind a big old ugly transmitter tower. As sometimes happens, this turned out to be a fortunate turn of events as it forced me to find a new, better location from which to admire this handsome sunset.
This is something I like to call “Happy Duck In The Rain” . Hey, it is what it is, I am a simple guy.
Wichita is experiencing a period of intense heat and drought. Last Saturday we had a record breaking scorcher at 111 degrees. Tuesday evening I had noticed the sky was looking interesting, so I set out downtown to the river area. As I parked a brief but potent little rain shower erupted, much to the delight of the ducks and geese in the area. I waited the rain out, and the sky got interesting again. More on that later.
I went out to search for winter scenes at mid-day, and happened upon some ducks on a lake, swimming through brilliant twinkling sun reflections. My confession about this one is that I decided not to wade through the huge pile of snow necessary to change to a longer lens. This is quite the extreme crop, I’ll leave it at that. I believe the little sunburst patterns you see are a result of the small aperture used here…f/16. No filters were used on camera or in post processing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…