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Stock photo - Sunset on Solar Panels

Sunset on Solar Panels

Some photos simply happen right before your eyes – just grab your camera and find the right angle. This solar array generates all of the electricity for my home. It stands right next to our house, efficiently taking in the sun’s rays every day, creating clean renewable power and silently fighting climate change. Yep, my husband and I are extremely proud of our array! One afternoon I was admiring a cold winter sunset as it glowed on the horizon. Looking over at the photovoltaic cells, I noticed the clouds had painted vibrant strokes over the dark panels. As the colors were fading fast, I quickly grabbed my camera, dashed out the door and snapped two or three images at a low angle before the sun dipped out-of-site. Late, when I downloaded the photos to my computer, I loved what I saw! A gorgeous solar landscape! Title of stock photo: Sunset on Solar Panels This stock image is available at: Dreamstime

Stock Photo - On the Road

On the Road

Does wanderlust run in your veins? Ever get the itch to travel wherever the road leads you? The Irish have a beautiful saying – “May the road rise up to meet you.” I had these words in mind when I created this photographic montage. That’s right – this scene only exist in my computer. The winter landscape was photographed close to my home in New Mexico. But the old suitcase was photographed and dropped in later. The travel stickers were digitally created in Photoshop, then superimposed upon the 50’s-style suitcase, along with a layer of grunge to suitably age them. And there you have it … a travel stock image with a touch of retro thrown in for fun. Title of stock photo: On the Road This stock image is available at: Dreamstime  

One Man's Journey

One Man’s Journey

The simple austerity of White Sands, New Mexico can take your breath away! Brilliant white dunes of gypsum sand against an endless clear azure sky feels surreal. “One Man’s Journey” is a basic, uncomplicated stock photo. Yet elevate it to metaphor and the image is symbolic of hope, spiritual seeking, travel and life’s pathway. Image title: One Man’s Journey This stock photo is available in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Coral Beach in Maui

Coral Beach

As winter winds begin to blow, a get-a-way to the Hawaiian islands seems mighty enticing. Maui has always been a favorite place for my husband and I. Beautiful beaches, spectacular hiking, warm ocean breezes in January! Last year, during our escape to Maui, we decided to hike the lava fields on the south end of the island. As we meandered along the coastline, in route to the brick-hard no-man’s land that makes up the Hoapili Trail, a confusing path that snakes through the lava fields, we came across a black beach. Created of crushed lava rock and dark coral, the beach was a small, isolated alcove on the edge of the desolate fields. And there on the beach someone had taken the time to gather white coral from the surf, carefully spelling out “Maui” for the amusement of other passersby. It was the perfect stock image, yearning to be photographed before high tide stole it away. Image title: Coral Beach This stock image is available in various sizes through: Dreamstime

Coming Storm

Coming Storm

With the last few weeks of warm weather lingering, our feet still in sandals and thoughts of winter a distant memory, this stock image might seem out-of-season. But for those planning holiday promotions or websites that showcase winter, it’s right on time! “Coming Storm” was another one of my grab-shots from a moving car. We were driving home from a family vacation at Yellowstone National Park. It was the first week of October and an early winter snowstorm was forecast for that day. Driving through the prairies of Wyoming, heading south along the Rockies, we were hoping to outrun the storm before the roads became snow-covered. Luckily I was a passenger on this trip, allowing me the luxury to daydream and watch the passing scenery from the backseat. The sky had turned gray and threatening. On my right I saw a line of cows, their backs snowy-white, heading towards safe cover. As I looked to my left, a small hill rose above the plain with a cluster of trees decorating its summit. Temperatures had dropped and snow was now clinging to the scruffy landscape. …

Mailboxes

Mailboxes

One day I was driving in the country (just about everyplace in New Mexico is “in the country”!) and decided to stop in the little village of Galisteo. Every time I passed this way, a row of mailboxes standing guard at the edge of the dusty dirt parking lot, caught me eye. I circled back around, put the car in park and grabbed my camera. To add a bit of interest, I flipped up the red flag of the blue mailbox. Photographing from a low angle, I was able to crop out much of the background trees. Back home, I Photoshopped out the rest of the vegetation, leaving me with a clean blue sky. Such a simple image – yet “Mailboxes” has been one of my best-sellers in my Dreamstime portfolio. Image title: Mailboxes Purchase this stock image in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Santa Fe Adobe

Early Morning Shadows

Early morning in Santa Fe, NM is the best time to capture our clear, high-desert light. The city is still and quiet. Tourists have not budged from their beds yet. Cool morning temps are accented by warm sunlight filtering through trees, wrapping shadows around mud-brown adobes. Canyon Road, a narrow busy street of shops and galleries, is empty at 7:00 in the morning. The occasional “local” jogs by, out for an early run with their dog. It’s a lovely town at this time of day, transporting you back to a neighborhood owned by native Santa Feans, children playing by the river, and the school bell ringing in the old brick one-room school-house on the hill. Image title: Early Morning Shadows Purchase this microstock image in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Chile Harvest

The heady aroma of chiles blistering over an open flame wafts through the farmer’s market these days in Santa Fe. Bushels of brightly colored green, red and yellow chiles are everywhere. Whether you like them hot, hot, hot or mildly smokey – you’ll find just the right pepper to get your chile fix! In New Mexico we spell our peppers “c-h-i-l-e” and ask for “Christmas” on our huevo rancheros. That’s how we know if you’re a native or just passing through. Image title: Chile Harvest Purchase this microstock image in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Big Sky Clouds

Big Sky Clouds

Traveling on Interstate 25, heading south between Pueblo, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico, this is the view of the wide-open prairie. Amazing cotton-ball clouds hung in the air that day, as if Ms. O’Keeffe had painted them herself. That little voice inside of me prodded, “take the picture, take the picture!” Luckily I was a backseat passenger that day, with my camera by my side. Of course the driver was trying to make good time and had no intentions of pulling over on the side of the highway so I could snap a photo. So I did the next best thing. I rolled down the window, braced my lens against the onslaught of rushing air, held my breath and shot off as many photos as I could before the big-sky landscape was gone from view. I knew most of the images would probably be blurry with motion, but I had to take the chance. So glad that I did. I was rewarded with one perfect photo and “Big Sky Clouds” has now become my top-selling microstock image! Image title: …