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Incredible Sky

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 16 April 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

We haven't been getting many of these kinds of days. There is an explosion of flowers on the trees, but generally they are against a blah pale sky. However, that obviously was not the case on this gorgeous April afternoon (actually it was Good Friday).

(My hunch is that Suzanne Cummings has already posted this; she has so many excellent photo quotes; still think it bears repeating.)
“Art is an end in itself. Technique a means to that end: one can be taught the other cannot, for it is the quality which we bring into the world with us, and lacking it as an integral part, no amount of study will enable one to acquire it.”

Canon PowerShot G10 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 100 31 mm

valenttin from Navodari, Romania

really incredible...

16 Apr 2009 5:03am

JamesC from portland, United States

Spring! Brilliant blue sky, need more of those.

16 Apr 2009 5:13am

@JamesC: Absolutely

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Yes ... with so nice white flower to set it more and more blue !!!

16 Apr 2009 5:34am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

wow quelle merveille !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16 Apr 2009 5:38am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Definitely a quote worth repeating, Jack. Your image is so beautiful and vibrant!

16 Apr 2009 5:39am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Fantastic. Love the setting here.

16 Apr 2009 6:12am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Wonderful light on these blossoms! and incredible clarity! Great work!

16 Apr 2009 6:24am

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Incredible indeed! Beautiful shot!

16 Apr 2009 6:42am

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

Thank you for this view - it warms my heart!

16 Apr 2009 7:09am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Excellent colors/background!

16 Apr 2009 7:18am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand


16 Apr 2009 7:29am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Incredibly beautiful....

16 Apr 2009 7:44am

-1q5yChØt!c- from Persia, Iran

lovely and beautiful capture
i have one shot like this

16 Apr 2009 8:08am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Very nice J4J

16 Apr 2009 8:08am

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

You are incredible, as this sky which you offer us. Bravo

16 Apr 2009 8:09am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

And what a GOOD Friday it was!!! Don't you just love the blossom!!! Superb shot:-)

16 Apr 2009 9:14am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

white and blue .. cherry and all the poetry of spring flowers in the sparkling 's georgous, John.

16 Apr 2009 9:50am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Our days have been very gray and blah lately! This blue sky is amazing! Really nice composition!

16 Apr 2009 10:24am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

It is superb !!! Composition ,clarity and colors are wonderful !

16 Apr 2009 10:46am

zOOm from Paris, France

Yes indeed ! A pure, intense springtime sky ! Exquisite with the flowers.

16 Apr 2009 11:13am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Are these pear blossoms? I have an alarmingly similar post for tomorrow from 4000 miles away! Very beautiful.

16 Apr 2009 11:26am

@jeff (aka dogilicious): I'm not certain what they are, but they are blooming all over the place.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Incredible sky and flowers!!!

16 Apr 2009 11:34am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

just magnificent !

16 Apr 2009 11:38am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

White and blue are such a gorgeous combination.

16 Apr 2009 11:56am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Wow!! Such a gorgeous sky. I love the way the blossoms pop against the blue. (And what an interesting shade of blue that is!) Our pear blossoms are just about to bloom here, too. They're gorgeous, but they have a rather disagreeable scent to them.

16 Apr 2009 12:20pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Bountiful blossoms against that sky, like you said, "Incredible"
What a sight to see trees full like this.

16 Apr 2009 12:21pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous blossoms against that amazing sky! The colours of the season are alive and well in your blog :)

16 Apr 2009 12:41pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Fabulous. The flowers have taken the place of the clouds.

16 Apr 2009 12:43pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

You captured the blossoms and sky perfectly.

16 Apr 2009 1:10pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Lovely Jack! The first thing that popped into my head was the feeling that you get as a kid when you get to finally wear your new Easter dress---I guess the guys won't get that, but for me it is a feeling of excitement about spring and Easter!

16 Apr 2009 1:25pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy.

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

Holy smoke, Jack, that is simply fabulous! Glorious quality and detail and set against that amazing sky. A jewel of a shot

16 Apr 2009 2:03pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Ahh, so beautiful! Spring has its powerful charms, and you caught a perfect and lasting glimpse for us all.

16 Apr 2009 2:06pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Magnifique vraiment

16 Apr 2009 2:19pm

Ajay from Pune, India

The blue and the white against each other shining so perfectly. They look like same sort of flower you had put about a couple of days ago. But a completely different colour tone.

16 Apr 2009 2:19pm

@Ajay: This is a new flower for my posts, Ajay.

observing from North West, United Kingdom

The perfect backdrop for these lovely blossoms, I'm hoping we get that too, right now it's misty and raining.

16 Apr 2009 2:28pm

adele27 from tonekabon, Iran

looks as if the tree is dressed for her wedding

16 Apr 2009 3:05pm

@adele27: Very well put!

Don from spokane, United States

This is the most striking blossom image I've seen in a long time. That deep blue sky is the factor that supports the detail and wonderful colors in the branch. Nice.... very nice.

16 Apr 2009 3:21pm

@Don: Thank you, Don. The potential for this kind of shot is rare around here.

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

What beautiful contrast. You're right in how a richer, more saturated sky makes these blossoms stand out so well. The ideal natural contrast.
A great quote by the way ... I wish I had it when I posted on my blog day before yesterday -- the topic was post processing. Have a great weekend ... 'see' you Monday (I'm giving writing workshops all weekend)

16 Apr 2009 3:29pm

@Diane Schuller: Have a great time at your workshop.

k@ from Paris, France

Incredible sharpness ! Love when it's so pure ! A water to wash my eyes up !

16 Apr 2009 3:51pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

We get those all the time! :)

You made that POP. Nice.

16 Apr 2009 4:12pm

Cricket from Alabama, United States

I'm back. I am afraid most of our Spring blooms were blown away but I did see new ones appearing today!

This image gives me hope that our color will return. What a vivid sky! Very nice.

16 Apr 2009 4:15pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Beautiful. The contrast between the lovely white flowers and the sky is outstanding.

16 Apr 2009 4:17pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Une très belle bouffée de printemps.

16 Apr 2009 4:20pm

xavier cardell from barcelona, Spain

Beautiful composition!

16 Apr 2009 4:35pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! This is absolutely breathtaking! The sky is gorgeous and the blossoms against it make it for an outstanding photograph! Love it!

16 Apr 2009 4:48pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Ah, explanation of the beautiful blue sky - "Good Friday" - of course that is why! Lovely shot.

16 Apr 2009 4:54pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

wunderfull sping composition

16 Apr 2009 5:54pm

Darin from Seattle, United States

Very nice against the blue sky.

16 Apr 2009 6:59pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Splendide image du printemps! Un magnifique cerisier en fleurs!

16 Apr 2009 7:05pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

marvelous spring light and clarity! beautiful!!! i am glad to see that someone is taking advantage of the turning of seasons!!! now if only i would force myself out of the house to do the same!!! :)

16 Apr 2009 7:17pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

hi Jack, wonderful shot
very nice picture

16 Apr 2009 7:37pm

Dan Meyers from Bloomington, United States

Remarkable macro on the flowers. The sky is great as well but I think the beauty in the photo stems from the flowers themselves (no pun intended)! Great shot.

16 Apr 2009 8:12pm

@Dan Meyers: Thanks, Dan.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

What a beautiful capture, Jack, both of the blossoms AND the sky!
Bountiful blessings!

16 Apr 2009 8:27pm

@Judy: Bountiful blessings for certain!

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Wonderful shot - great colors!

16 Apr 2009 8:46pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Love the deep blue... beautiful shot!!!

16 Apr 2009 9:10pm

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

This is amazing, Jack! =)

16 Apr 2009 9:44pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Incredible sky, and even more incredible blossoms!!! Truly a gorgeous shot Jack!! Congrats!!

16 Apr 2009 10:43pm

Mirza Ahmad from Thames Ditton, United Kingdom

Nice light on the blossoms.

16 Apr 2009 11:37pm

ts from Tokyo, Japan

beautiful sky, indeed! nicely captured

16 Apr 2009 11:55pm

Donna from anywhere, United States

wonderful color and clarity!

17 Apr 2009 12:24am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Beautiful again!

17 Apr 2009 12:49am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Gorgeous blue sky contrasting nicely with the blossoms, a beautiful capture

17 Apr 2009 1:46am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


17 Apr 2009 2:55am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Brilliant, Jack!!! Stunning with that blue sky... excellent exposure! ;-)

17 Apr 2009 3:42am

kerfendal from Paris, France

perfect composition with this pure sky

17 Apr 2009 4:53am

NarB from Belgium

Fantastique lumière.

17 Apr 2009 6:01am

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Yes this is an incredible sky ! Wonderful !!!!
Very sharp details of the flowers!

17 Apr 2009 3:49pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

very good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 Apr 2009 3:58pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Yes, it is an incredible sky and incredible flower and incredible photo :)) I thought that such a blue sky can be seen on in Canada :))) Was wrong apparently :))

17 Apr 2009 10:17pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

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17 Apr 2009 10:46pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Georgeous white blossoms against the blue sky. Beautiful!

18 Apr 2009 1:57am

khadi from New Delhi, India

Wow! the flowers are simply amazing against that background.

18 Apr 2009 8:14am

marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu from Bedford.Quebec, Canada

A great shot ,and that sky is awesome blue...superb

18 Apr 2009 12:44pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Great Friday I'd say! Hard to say if the sky or the flowers are more beautiful!

20 Apr 2009 1:38am