Landscape and Nature photography by Shane Srogi

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Sky Fall

 (Shane Srogi)

Sky Fall

From Canyonlands National Park.  Island in the Sky District.  The First of my new Limited Series.  A selection of Master Prints that will be available in runs of 25.

Sometimes images wait in my archive to have life breathed into them.  I had known at the moment of capture that this would be the image of the day…..an good indicator that it will get immediate attention.  Life might have other plans,  I was on my cross country trip from Seattle to West Palm Beach and soon after my Mother went in for surgery to repair her broken vertebrae.  I took over caring for the horses here on the ranch, the heat and work can be exhausting, leaving little time for creating images.  So there it sat until yesterday, around noon, when I needed an image of my truck with storm clouds over head…….it made me think back to the day, watching the clouds first build over the La Sal mountains.  The storm seemed to grow….to radiate from the peaks….making an improbable journey West against the wind….against the jet stream……until it was over head, some 100 miles as the crow flies.  In times like these there is often a bit of inner debate.  What’s the light going to do, is the storm going to break……how long before I can get to shelter.  If nothing else I’m a good judge of weather.  It’s an obsession.  One that comes from spending countless days backpacking, with nothing but stretched nylon as a shelter.  This day I was lucky, I had my truck within a close proximity.   This enabled me to wait until the very moment the storm broke, so I could make this image, and then sprint for the safety of good Detroit Steel.


Of flowers and scars

Don’t give up.

A Magnolia can take 15 to 20 years to bloom.  I’ve only seen this little one bloom once and it has not since, which has been over a year.  I find the whites and the curves of the bloom to be visually interesting.  It’s as if Apple took some design cues from this flower.  This image is less about a plant and more about doing what you do.  You may only produce something beautiful once in a long while but don’t give up.  This little guy has been through three hurricanes and looks a bit like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  I like the blooms imperfections.  They tell stories.  I’ve got this scar on my hand from running for the bus in first grade.  I fell on the ice picked myself up and got on the bus.  The drive took one look at the rock in my hand and the blood gushing out and said “I can’t let you on like that.”  I didn’t know what to do….I can’t miss school I thought.  Next time you are out with a group of friends have a scar story time, you’ll learn something new about them.  And they you.