On the Wings of Spring

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Interior Alaska is a land of Serious White for much of the year. November. December. January, February and March. But here comes April and winter’s coat is looking a little tattered. It’s a good thing that next week is Spring Carnival, otherwise the river ice would be two fragile for the games.

I walked to town today under one of those brilliant skies that leave you blind when you go indoors. It was a balmy, 40 degree afternoon. Windbreaker weather – no gloves, no hood required. Delicious!

On the way home I watched the birds flitting through the trees and captured this one feeding on a black spruce. I first thought it might be a juvenile gray jay but the coloration doesn’t appear right. If you know what it is, please leave me a note.

Above Coronado Beach

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A lone pelican above Coronado. The exaggerated colors appeal to me in this instance.

I’ve been re-evaluating a number of my photographs and considering ways to make both black & whites and colors more vibrant. For this one, I used Color Efex Pro 4 which is part of the Nik suite. I have to say, CEP4 certainly extends the range of visionary possibilities.

I can approximate the look of this image using only Lightroom but the color range is vastly shortened. So far I’m impressed by the possibilities.