A very foggy morning in the woods:
A subtle sunset over Lake Washington:
I’ve been working with different processing applications in OnOne Perfect Effects 8. There are many different effects to try, and some of my photographs of ferns seemed to lend themselves to more obvious treatments than I usually use, including using borders. The repeating shapes and curving, delicate growth habit of ferns have always attracted me – fern foliage can be simple and graphic, but also incredibly delicate.
Metal, meet the powerful green machine:
This week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is the idea of juxtaposition.
More images depicting juxtapositions are here.
See the post before this one for more photos of cars overcome by the Pacific northwest’s moist environment.
I went for a walk
in the forest – it doesn’t matter
how I got there.
It was deep enough into January to sense
settled deep into the landscape – yet
a readiness was evident,
a quiet preparation for the green noise
that will soon fill the air.
I wandered down old paths,
camera in hand, drawn
to a wet poetry I sensed.
photographs were taken – an appreciation
of stately cedar, still pond waters, lichen and fern,
the rusting, moss covered hulk of an old car
full of bullet holes.
And I returned with a picture poem of
place and time, filtered
through the lenses of my
remembers Spider’s path…
Photos taken on 1/19/14, in Marckworth State Forest, near Duvall, Washington, with a Panasonic Lumix G3 camera, kit lens (14 – 42mm, f 3.5), processed in Lightroom and OnOne Perfect Effects 4.
About a half hour from my home, a winding two lane road traces a deep cut into a hillside as it follows a lively stream. The little ravine seems to hold on tightly to whatever moisture is in the air, forming a micro-climate of cool and damp, green growth that hovers over the creek.
The Big Leaf Maples that grow in profusion here host thick swaddlings of chartreuse moss, set with delicate emerald fringes of Licorice fern. Every limb and twig appears to be clothed in globs of glowing green, as if imagined by Dr. Suess himself.
It’s the kind of roadside landscape that appears and disappears in a flash as you speed to your destination. That quick burst of green captivated me the first time I saw it, and I noted two pull-outs on the road as it glides down the S curves.
The other day I pulled over onto the gravel, got out, and worked my way along the edge of the steep drop, shuffling carefully over the deep blanket of last year’s leaves lest I trip on a hidden rock.
It was raining pretty steadily. Winter in the Pacific Northwest. I did what I could in the rain and dim light to photograph the mossy limbs.
Eventually I got back in the car and shot from there – the view now obscured by thoroughly fogged windows. I rolled the window down and shot a few more pictures, decided it was too wet, and rolled it back up. Then I simply focused on the water-splashed glass itself – glowing green from the mossy branches behind it.
I don’t think I really did it justice at all but I was desperate enough to get out that I didn’t care about the rain and dim light. On a drier day, maybe in the spring, I will come back and try for sharper pictures. This verdant, glowing speck of land is worthy of more attention.
Windows frame views beyond my reach…
and sometimes obscure my view…
They reflect my surroundings…
even while they offer glimpses of what is inside…
They reflect me…
and sometimes, they seem to get inside my head!
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge involves photos of windows…many more ideas and images can be found here.
The header photo was taken through windows inside Seattle’s Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas. The mountain in the first photo is Mt. Rainier; the skyscraper with clouds is in Manhattan. The Japanese building is in Bellevue, WA and the building with arched windows is on Staten Island in New York City.
These photos were taken between 2009 and 2014, with a compact digital camera (Panasonic Lumix), a camera phone (Samsung Galaxy), a DSLR (Canon Rebel), and a Sony Nex. There are lots of choices these days – many “windows” through which to compose your photographs.
Wandering through Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory keeps me sane in winter months. It can’t compare to the Enid Haupt Conservatory that I used to visit in New York, but like so many places in Seattle, it has a charm of its own.
The holiday season means pretty lights and a room full of poinsettias – not my favorite plant, but oh well – with a model train running through it. When the holiday cuteness irritates my aesthetic sense the Cactus House, with its quiet gray-green colors and interesting shapes, satisfies. There’s also the Bromiliad House, and a Palm House set with orchids tucked into glass cases surrounded by Maidenhair ferns, so really, what better place on a gray winter day?
Here is an admittedly eccentric group of images from a visit last week: