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As we leave the top of Blue Knob mountain heading toward Claysburg my eye is always taken by this beautiful farm between Pavia and Claysburg on State Forest Highway (3003). On this particular day, May 23, 2009, the clouds were outdoing themselves. Had to pull over and get this snap. I got a kick out of all the poofy dandelions happily propagating away in the foreground and trying to compete with the poofy clouds!!

Taken with the Nikon D40x with the 18-200mm vr Nikon lens at 1/320 shutter and f/5.6 aperture. Exposure was set at minus .33 and iso was 200. Post processing included hdr from a single hand-held image duplicated twice to an eval of +/- 2 then run through Photomatix. Gave the old clone tool a workout as this beautiful scene is marred by a giant telephone pole and lots and lots of wires!!!


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  • photoloi
    photoloialmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much!!! One of those images where the sky was blown out no matter what I did … and one of the reasons I eventually got an nd grad filter!!!! Thank heavens for hdr, lol!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous colour and depth ,fabulous capture :-) ‘poofy dandelions’ lol……….

  • Hi Trudi!!!! Thank you!!!! the real story behind the dandelions is my husbands positive hatred of the things … and to see a whole field of them just made me laugh!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Prasad
    Prasadalmost 5 years ago

    Whoa! Wonderful environment :)

  • Thank you so much, Prasad!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnalmost 5 years ago

    Oh, wonderfully dramatic and great comp, Lois! :))

  • Colleen, you sweetie!!! Thank you!!!! I just can’t resist a good cloud day!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • AmandaH
    AmandaHalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning Lois… :o)

  • Hi Amanda!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 5 years ago

    Dandy indeed, wonderful Lois!

  • Hi John!!!! Thank you, thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • photoloi
    photoloialmost 5 years ago

    The composition, the scene, the vibrancy, everything about it … beautiful!

  • Oh, YAY!!! Well, I’ll tell you a secret … i was SURE someone was going to call me out for centering the barn, LOL!!!! I did the thirds thingie from top to bottom, but not left to right. “Composition” … lordie … the never ending mystery, rofl!!!! Thank you again!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 5 years ago

    so artistic, fantastic sky & colors

  • Morning sweetheart!!!!! Thank you!!!!! Gotta love Photoshop and Photomatix, lol!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Lois! Love that brooding sky!

  • Hello sweetie!!!!! My you’re up early!!!! Go back to bed, lol!!!!! Thank you … you know, the original title was “Threatening skies” .. but I decided to go a different route and emphasize those dandelions … maybe I should change it???? ‘Cause it doesn’t LOOK so dandy, although it was, lol!!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • I decided to use your title … it’s much more fitting!!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 5 years ago

    Now this is a very beautiful landscape Lois

  • Hello Hans!!!! Thank you!!!! It’s a beautiful place up there!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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