|...Ruth Butler ...Storms|
It was August of 2008 when I climbed up a ladder leaning against my house. While tying down honeysuckle to help it cling better to the trellis I looked to my left. I saw this spectacular sunset which I later added color to.
Blue Line Storm
This was taken several years ago on a May evening when I was driving home and saw this storm on the horizon. Remembering I had my camera in the trunk I ran outside my car grabbed it and began to shoot. I stayed up for hours that night trying different intensities of colors to the image. The following year it won as cover image for the annual Albuquerque Arts photography edition.
When I was in highschool I wrote a poem that described a sky wild with color as if an artist had taken a brush to it. This stormy sky gave me the chance to take a digital brush going a little wild - giving my interpretation or co-author to the clouds.
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This touching cloud was spotted in Cerrillos, New Mexico on not a particularly stormy day except for this cloud. I wondered what it, this rebel cloud was doing and as I painted it I knew. It was conspiring with the hill below thinking no one was watching. But I was.
If you like dark and moody skies then you may like this one. I thought I would never see another sky like it, but I was driving home today - a December evening - the sun was setting and it's rays laced diagonally through the multi-colored sky. I thought, "Another Plaid Sky," but I love them at the end of a road like the one pictured here.
Taos First Snow Storm
I was driving up to Taos to meet a friend and arrived late in the day. We drove up into the mountains and saw the sun was beginning to set as the moon rose. Mist was seeping up into the sky, so there was this seemingly tranquil pine tree forest, but I felt this movement and excitement in the light; especially the light bouncing off puddles of water in the tire tracks. Then there was the mist holding the light in its fists.
I got out of the car and took this photo which reminds me of how cameras can catch a moment in time with the light from the moon and from the sun reflecting off puddles and the mist holding the light on and under its surface-- all while the autumn leaves still hang and watch. But that title is way too long.
Turquoise Trail Storm
This was Easter and I was driving passenger with a friend towards Santa Fe. We were going to have a late lunch at Harry's. On the way there I looked out where Harry's might be and saw the huge cloud formation. We later found snow at Harry's. I got out of his car to photograph this scene. For the longest time I used just a portion of the image and in color - the portion with a small house and a red roof.
It wasn't until my friend and artist, Richard Kurtz told me about a contest at the radio station and the Georgia O'Keeffe museum that I began to look at the image as a whole in black and white. I entered that contest and am very happy to say the image won first place. "Ruth Butler won the Black and White New Mexico Landscape Photography contest with her photograph Turquoise Trail Storm. Blu and KBAC co-sponsored the event with the Georgia O'Keeffe Education Annex in conjunction with the Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities exhibition." I read that on the O'Keeffe website and realized one never knows how art will evolve and the relationships it will find.
In Gustav's Rain
New Mexico was getting battered from late summer storms. Some were even the tails of tropical storms like this one. When Gustav reached Santa Fe it pelted us with rain and low slung clouds. It was probably the fourth time I was out this day and running down the local dirt roads until I captured this.
Rarely do I see a photo opp so early in the morning. This day was different. The sun streaked across the front yard's white snow and illuminated a little mist. I didn't have to go far to find this image. It's my neighbor's yard.
Old Las Vegas Highway
This sunset had everyone taking photos. On a patio I backed into a friend with her camera. Feeling crowded and unoriginal I moved down the road and found this lone car just before the sun called it a night.
Fire In The Sky
It was so windy I shook along with my camera. Blazing light came from the setting sun - just a few bands of color tell the story.
Glitter In The Air
Have you ever thrown
A fist full of glitter in the air
Have you ever looked fear in the face
And said I just dont care
Its only half past the point of no return
The tip of the iceberg
The sun before the burn
The thunder before the lightning
And the breath before the phrase
Have you ever felt this way...~P!nk