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One day when I was baking some bread I got distracted and did not hear the timer while the dough was rising. The dough ended up over rising and glopped all over the floor of the oven. As I was surveying the mess, thinking it really needed a good scrub down anyway, I noticed the interesting patterns and textures on the oven door window. I had just started learning about adding textures to photos and was keen to make some of my own, so before I whipped out the baking soda and scrub brush (a great non-toxic eco-friendly non smelly way to clean the oven btw)  I got out my camera and took lots of pictures of various sections of the window. The back-light shining through the transparent surface created some interesting effects, and I thought the drips and splashes would make a great rainy/rainforest type background texture.

I was so excited about how they turned out that I started tinkering, after I was supposed to be in bed, adding them to some salmon berry flower photos I’d taken earlier that week. Before I knew it I looked up at the clock and it was three hours later. I won’t show the close up shots of my oven here, but layers of various shapes in the texture created a lovely background. As I started moving things around I started developing a concept of this being about a marriage relationship. Then, after I found and strategically placed an abstract face, things started taking a more Shakespearean turn…

Each time I look at this I find something new. It is a bit like a game of hidden pictures, or looking up at the clouds and trying to find different things in the shapes ūüôā

marriage of Titania; Salmon berry floral duet by Dawna Morton
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At first glance, this is just a nice picture of some flowers with an interesting textured background, framed with a bit of modern art flair; however, there is more to it than meets the eye when examined in more depth…
Half hidden behind the five petaled purple Pacific Northwest salmon berry blossom, the face of Titania¬† as a bride glows with love as she gazes adoringly up at the visage of Oberon. The overlapping purple, green, and golden toned rectangles symbolize both unity and discord in the couple’s future as the begin with varying success to mesh and meld their lives and hearts together from separate planes of existence, as well as symbolizing the various interlinked plots within Shakespeare’s play, “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” abstract shapes and textures in the brushed gold tones of the background further call to mind characters and whet the imagination with scenes¬† and ideas from the play, foreshadowing the events f their future life.
Nick Bottom appears to sing or bray like a donkey below one petal, while the faint shapes of a donkey of horse head are formed in the upper right. On the left Helena, in a floral hat, wakes the sleeping Lysander. Another figure along the top appears to write in a book, representing the playwright at work while other shadowy figures emerge among the golden raindrops which splash a sense of magic and wonder across the dreamy scene. As the drops of water land on the blossoms  the stretch forth their petals towards each other with love and yearning, reminding us of the flowers used to make the love potion which caused  so much turmoil in the lives of the characters, even though they found happiness in the end.

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Some people I have shown this to, have seen the images in the background right away, while others just don’t get it, so I thought I’d include this little slide show with a general outline of the shapes I see. This is not an exact outline, since the images are supposed to be abstract, ethereal–half there, half imagined. Hopefully you will enjoy finding these (and maybe even more) as much I do…

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Last month I was out hiking in the back yard and was lucky enough to catch the salmon berries in bloom. When I was out there looking at them last year I had thought they were some sort of wild old-fashioned rose, since they are so pretty; however, this time around I was looking at their foliage closer and realized it looked more raspberry-like. that’s when it dawned on me that these were probably salmon berries which we have growing in and around the yard. after sleuthing around a bit on the internet, I was able to confirm I was right about their identification. Now if I can just manage to get back there to beat the birds and the squirrels to their delicate delectable juicy goodness…

Salmon berry flowers by Dawna Morton
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Magenta colored flower of a salmon berry plant from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. A soft muted forest background sets the an elegant tone in the background of this Oregon native. In this photo only 3 of the typical 5 petals are apparent.

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Salmon berry flowers 2 by Dawna Morton
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An elegant five petaled magenta colored flower of a Pacific Northwest salmon berry plant with a soft glowing forest background that sets an enchanting mystical tone for this Oregon native wild edible.

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Salmon berry flowers 3 by Dawna Morton
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Magenta colored flower of a salmon berry plant from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. A soft muted forest background sets the an elegant tone in the background of this Oregon native. In this photo only 4 of the typical 5 petals are apparent.

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Salmon berry flowers 4 by Dawna Morton
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Close up photo of a magenta colored Pacific Northwest salmon berry flower with a soft muted green forest background. In this photo only 4 of the typical 5 petals are visible.

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Recently, when it was my turn to drive my son to early morning seminary, I looked out the¬† window and saw this brilliant sunrise. Since he wasn’t quite ready yet I nabbed my camera and dashed to the window and the back porch to snap a few pictures before it was time to head out the door.
golden columbia river sunrise by Dawna Morton
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The sun shines radiantly golden as it begins to rise over the crest of the mountains beyond the banks of the Columbia River near Kelso and Longview, Washington. The Pacific Northwest clouds are dark and brooding in the glowing orange sky while the river is still unseen and shrouded in darkness.

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golden columbia river sunrise 2 by Dawna Morton
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The sun shines radiantly golden as it begins to rise over the crest of the mountains beyond the banks of the Columbia River near Kelso and Longview, Washington. The Pacific Northwest clouds are dark and brooding in the glowing orange sky while the river flows peacefully between the Washington and Oregon shores.

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golden columbia river sunrise 3 by Dawna Morton
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The sun shines radiantly golden as it begins to rise over the crest of the mountains beyond the banks of the Columbia River near Kelso and Longview, Washington. The Pacific Northwest clouds are dark and brooding in the glowing orange sky while the river is still unseen and shrouded in darkness and the dark silhouette of a maple tree branch stretches across the sky.

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golden columbia river sunrise 4 by Dawna Morton
golden Columbia river sunrise 4 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

The sun shines radiantly golden as it begins to rise over the crest of the mountains beyond the banks of the Columbia River near Kelso and Longview, Washington. The Pacific Northwest clouds are dark and brooding in the amber sky while the river flows peacefully between the Washington and Oregon shores. Sunlight glows on a golden path across the river towards the steeple of the Methodist church in Rainier, Oregon.

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Golden Columbia River Sunrise 5 by Dawna Morton
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