After the previous night’s heat, the early-morning air felt
like a stream of cool water. As soon as I woke up, I threw all the windows and
doors wide open. Then I headed out before 8 a.m. to get ahead of another day with
an “extreme heat advisory” warning.
|An informative thumbnail
It was still a comfortable 68 degrees when I spotted the lovely light on these traffic circle trees. I wanted to work out how I’d incorporate the house behind them, so I made a quick thumbnail. Often I end up making compositions tighter than my original rectangle, but the thumbnail revealed that the foreground needed something: the traffic circle’s shadow.
My usual habit is to keep the lighted side of objects white, but I felt like coloring the tree trunks warm yellow. It must have been a reflection of my over-heated frame of mind: At the end of my walk about an hour later, the temperature had climbed to 74. Still comfortable, but a sign that another scorcher was ahead.