Weekly phoneography challenge: My neighborhood

We’re taking a rather broad view of “neighborhood”  for this week’s challenge –using the panorama function on the iPhone camera. Love the distortion the panorama provides, especially of the car rounding the corner at the same time the phone was scanning the scenery:

DOWNTOWN -- Traffic in downtown Ferndale, taken between sign posts.
DOWNTOWN — Traffic in downtown Ferndale, taken between sign posts. [Next time, I’ll try standing closer to the center of the intersection.] Main landmarks are Col. Mustard’s, a gas station/grocery and the Cutoff Corner Cafe and Dairy Bar. Behind the phoneographer is the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL -- The annual Wye Mountain daffodil festival draws thousands of visitors and an equal number of cameras.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL — The annual Wye Mountain daffodil festival draws thousands of visitors and an equal number of cameras as doting parents and grandparents pose and photograph children and grandchildren in their Sunday best and cutest smiles. Wye Mountain is about 20 miles west of Ferndale.

Not taken with a phone, but just as a humorous coda for the photo above:

NEED TO KNOW -- Important instruction to heed when at a flower festival!
NEED TO KNOW — Important instruction to heed when at a flower festival!

Take a minute to visit a few other neighborhoods:

Supermoon!

After two days of nervously watching the forecast swing from clear to mostly cloudy skies, we were elated to see the clouds roll back before sunset to reveal a magnificently clear sky.  Sadly we couldn’t load the driver that goes with the telescope camera, so the moon was captured the new old-fashioned way with a digital camera on a tripod.

The moon looked great over the Ouachita Mountains tonight.

 

Supermoon
Adding flash to the picture taking added a yellowish cast to the supermoon.
Supermoon captured without flash. f10, 1/200 sec, ISO 125.

 

 

In the bleak early winter

Somehow, the Ouachita Mountains seem to make the rainiest and foggiest days beautiful. Shooting through the rain-streaked glass gave the image a 19th century feel.

windswept Ouachita landscape
Gothic horror setting as a winter rainstorm sweeps through the Ouachita Mountains.
sepia style image of a foggy day in the Ouachita Mountains
Oaks and pines stand together in a winter rain. (Samsung Fascinate photo)
rain streaked window
The rain streaked window offers a wonderful distortion. There was still enough ambient light to show the subtle browns of oak leaves clinging to the tree.

Black and white

This morning’s walk turned up plenty of texture.

two halves of a hickory nut
Aging hickory nut halves embedded in a crack in the concrete road.
vines wrapped around a pine tree
Vines wrap around a pine tree trunk.
wild grass seed heads
Grass seed heads wave in the early autumn breeze.
Outer shell of hickory nut.
A husk is all that's left after the squirrel has a snack.