Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Ocotillo Bloom
My husband, Jeff, my most excellent photographer’s assistant, held the bloom of an ocotillo cactus in a better photographic angle to allow me to capture this image.  There was ever so slight of a breeze, which cause the bloom to sort of blur.  I decided to go with what Nature had given me, and transform this photo image into a watercolor abstract of the bloom.  The colors speak of springtime and the joy of nature coming to life again after the winter cold.  Of course, winter cold is a relative term in southern Arizona!
Octillo Bloom
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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Page from the Past
This image was taken just outside the historic Old West Town of Tombstone, Arizona, in the Southwest United States.  It was processed with a vintage effect to emphasize the place in time that it represents.  It was a time when life was harder, and perhaps more appreciated than it sometimes is today.  Simpler times.
Page from the Past
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Best of Maui – Part III
Here’s my last grouping of favorite images from Jeff and my trip to Maui.  The differences between all these images reflects the diversity of this island in the Pacific.  Aloha!
Sea Spray
There is such beauty in the ocean.  And such life and spirit as well.  This image reminds me of the power of the sea, and helps me understand the attraction it held for sailors, both past and present.
Soft Clouds on Haleakala
There is something magical about a Haleakala sunrise.  Part of that is the way the clouds look at dawn – I think they look almost liquid, as you can see in this image.  The foreground of the image is the actual crater, and the background is the light of the sunrise.  And, in the middle, are the clouds that look so liquid, soft and peaceful.
There’s nothing quite as fun-spirited as waves gently crashing against the shore, and sending up a spray to give you an unexpected shower!  It brings back thoughts of childhood, playing under the sprinkler as the lawn got watered. 
Waikani Falls
This waterfall is also known as Three Bears Falls.  I’m not certain why the name “bears” is included, but it certainly is a lovely waterfall along the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii.  When the waters from the mountains are full, this series of three falls becomes one very large waterfall.  However, I really like it this way.  It seems much more relaxed and gentle, and fits in with the spirit of aloha.
It’s almost impossible to look at a sunflower and not smile.  They are such happy and cheerful looking flowers.  This image is of a field of them in Hawaii.  All their petals are quite windblown, but still they manage to look perfect – certainly better than I did after being out in this breeze!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Best of Maui – Part II
This is the second grouping of images that make up my favorites from our recent trip to Maui.  Sit back, put up your feet, and take a look……
A waterfall in slow motion is truly the definition of the word “grace”.  Although there is power behind the flow, it feels as if it’s just gentle falling, kissing the rocks it passes over.  Its power is hidden behind a mask of grace.
Hana Highway Bridge
There are many bridges along the road to Hana, on the island of Maui, Hawaii.  Many of them have such character, as does this one.  The combination of rain, humidity, and warm temperatures are excellent conditions for creating a lovely rusty patina on the pillars of these bridges.  Add to that the vibrant green of the moss that then grows on them, and you have a sort of tropical Christmas reminder!
Hana Town Coast
The town of Hana is truly only the halfway point on the Road to Hana.  After all, one must get back to the beginning point of travel!  But, it’s nice to take a few moments to just sit and enjoy the rocky coastline of Hana, with gentle waters caressing the tree lined shore.  Another view of paradise.
Hawaiian Gold
As my husband and I drove around the island of Maui, Hawaii, we came across a field of sunflowers.  There was a gentle breeze, enough so that all of their sunny faces were turned in the same direction, as if they were all interested in what was going on in the next field over.  Combined with the mountain and blue sky in the background, it made for a picture-perfect setting.
Looking out to Sea
Walking along a beach in Hawaii, I came across this uprooted tree with its branches pointing out to sea.  It almost seemed to be watching for some lonely sailor to return home.  The gnarled roots of the tree are in contrast to relatively calm sea, and gentle clouds in the sky.
Old Sentry
There’s something about a large piece of driftwood that intrigues me.  Where did it come from, how did it get to this section of vegetation deserted shoreline?  And, more basically, what type of tree was it?  Whatever the answer to those questions may be, it seemed to be acting as a sentry, watching for any incoming travelers, and very content with its new role!
The sound of water as it gently flows over river rocks creates such a wonderful sense of peace.  If one just sits, listens and watches the flow of the water, all troubles seem to fade away.  Meditation with nature at its best.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Best of Maui – Part I
Here is the first part of some of my favorite images from our recent trip to Maui, Hawaii.  Each of these images resonates with me for different reasons…
Sometimes, we make the mistake of thinking that once the sun has set behind the horizon, the “show” is over.  This image begs to differ with that conventional wisdom.  The afterglow show is just beginning, and the vibrancy of the colors as day gives way to night playing across the clouds that lie just below the summit of the Haleakala Volcano is worth hanging around for.
Almost Gone
One of the most striking moments of a sunset on the Haleakala volcanic crater in Maui, Hawaii, is just as the last of the sun can be seen before disappearing behind what looks to be a mountain range in the distance, but is actually another bank of clouds.  The last of the sun’s rays lights up the sky, while evening is claiming the clouds at my feet.
Ancient Forest
Where was this image taken – in the Pacific Northwest of the United States?  It’s understandable if you think so, but actually, it is on the island of Maui, in Hawaii.  There is a very small forest of redwood trees, and on the morning my husband and I visited, the mist was hanging low.  This scene looks ancient, mysterious, and gloomy.  It creates a very different impression of Hawaii than the tour books leave you with.
Crater Detail
While viewing the sunrise on Haleakala, in Maui, Hawaii, part of what makes it surreal is the contrast in tones – the dark detail of the crater can really be seen in this image.  It is a definite contrast with what looks like it may be water, but is actually the clouds, and the contrast between the clouds and the sunrise beginning in the sky, is also very remarkable and beautiful.

Early Evening Rays
A lesser known sight to see on Maui is the sunset on the volcanic mountain called Haleakala.  It is truly a surreal sight to be standing on the ground and have the clouds at your feet.  I loved the play of light and shadows in this image, and felt it was best seen if I converted it to a black and white image.  It seems like one could wade thru the clouds, but I think the first step would be quite the drop!
This is one of many waterfalls you can see along the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii.  For this image, I used a very soft focus, just slightly out of focus, to emphasize the feeling of the soft flow of the waterfall.  It also gives you a true sense of the movement of the falls.
Golden Kiss
Usually, when I look out the window of a plane, I see sky, maybe some clouds, but nothing that looks like this.  This was early morning flying over the Pacific Ocean.  The golden color of the sunrise, wispy clouds, the ocean and the horizon, all came together to create this abstract of a morning sunrise over the ocean

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Early Morning
This year, for Foto Art Fridays, I thought I would share a “pure” photograph that I’ve taken and share that, instead of creating a photo collage or some other artistic altered image.  I also thought I’d tell you a bit about the image.
Early Morning
This image is of one of my favorite subjects, which is no longer around.  This deserted cabin is just down the road from our home, and I love the character of it.  The tree standing next to it adds to the character, and makes the scene truly photogenic.  This cabin seemed to speak of past times when I think people, in general, were made of tough stuff.  It doesn’t look like it had any running water or electricity when it was someone’s home.  It managed to survive for generations, but within the last few years, time and the elements have finally taken their toll, and the cabin is mostly flattened.  Here’s to (slightly) better times!
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Foto Art Friday – December 8, 2017
Sunstar Morning
I’ve decided to trade off for my Foto Art Friday pieces, and start to include some “pure” photo images that I feel fall into the category of “art”, whatever that is!  This piece was taken one morning as we sailed around the Panama Canal.  There was some moisture in the air, and the sun coming up over the horizon caught those drops of water and really shone.  It’s the sort of image that I feel offers each of us hope.
Sunstar Morning
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