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One of the places locally we like to go for family outings is during the summer is the pond at the now defunct Trojan Nuclear facility. There are lots of walking paths, wildlife, picnic tables, restrooms, fishing and a little picturesque bridge. One day last July We managed to get there pretty early in the day, and the light was just beautiful.

My kids love to go there to see the ducks and the frogs, and on this particular trip we got an extra special treat and spotted a turtle swimming near the shore..

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ducks feeding at Trojan pond, near Goble, Oregon by Dawna Morton
ducks feeding at Trojan pond, near Goble, Oregon by Dawna Morton
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Two duck at an algae covered section of the pond at Trojan skim the water with their bills for yummy things to eat in this vignette photograph.

 

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One of the places locally we like to go for family outings is during the summer is the pond at the now defunct Trojan Nuclear facility. There are lots of walking paths, wildlife, picnic tables, restrooms, fishing and a little picturesque bridge. One day last July We managed to get there pretty early in the day, and the light was just beautiful.

One of the birds I like to keep an eye out for while I am there are Great Blue Herons. During our walk that morning I was able to successfully stalk and photograph one.
Great Blue Heron in the trees by Trojan pond by Dawna Morton
Great Blue Heron in the trees by Trojan pond by Dawna Morton
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A great blue heron sits perched high up in a tree overlooking the pond on a summer morning at the Trojan nuclear facility.

I had never seen one perched up in the trees before.

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One of the places locally we like to go for family outings is The pond at the now defunct Trojan Nuclear facility. These are lots of walking paths, wildlife, picnic tables, restrooms, fishing and a little picturesque bridge. One day last summer, during early July We managed to get there pretty early in the day, and the light was just beautiful. One of the first things that you see when pulling in is a flock of geese that likes to hang out near the shore.
geese in Trojan pond, near Goble, Oregon by Dawna Morton
geese in Trojan pond, near Goble, Oregon by Dawna Morton
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In this dreamy photo full of warm, summer sunlight, geese swim contentedly in the pond at what was once the site of Trojan nuclear power plant near Goble, Oregon. Walking paths meander along the shore in the background, inviting a morning stroll, as tree reflections shimmer in dark, shadowy pond water.

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Flight of the Great Blue Heron

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Flight of the Great Blue Heron by Dawna MortonView Larger ~see it framed

Watercolor on gessoed paper, 14 3/4″ x 21 3/4 “, 2007. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

Like a prayer that lifts us up from our troubles to see a glimpse of the beauty and majesty of god’s plan for us, the great blue heron takes flight from the marsh towards the footbridge and the misty mountains beyond. Set at Trojan pond near Goble, Oregon.
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In process of  rephotographing my artwork with the new camera I got for Christmas, I realized I had not written a blog post about Flight of the Great Blue Heron.

There is an interesting story behind this painting:

Back in 2006 we went fishing at the pond at the site of the old Trojan nuclear facility(near Goble, Oregon). On one of my many trips escorting kids to and from the bathroom that day, this great blue heron went swooping down to the water and away again.  Unable to whip my camera out quick enough to get the shot, I kept going back hoping the bird would be there again. Finally several hours later I said a prayer in my head asking for the bird to come back so I could get some pictures. Within minutes the heron swooped down again, sticking around long enough for me to get quite a few good photographs. Amazingly enough even the dog managed not to frighten it away.

on the wing by Dawna Morton
on the wing by Dawna Morton

coy blue heron by Dawna Morton
coy blue heron by Dawna Morton

blue heron keeping an eye on me by Dawna Morton
blue heron keeping an eye on me by Dawna Morton

walk with me by Dawna Morton
walk with me by Dawna Morton

MY fish! by Dawna Morton
MY fish! by Dawna Morton

Before beginning this painting I had been hearing quite a bit about achieving interesting results by painting on Yupo paper with watercolors. I didn’t have money to buy new paper at the time, but thought maybe applying a layer of gesso to the paper and painting on top of that would create similar effects. It worked beautifully, causing the paint to slide around with a loose slippery feel, creating a light airy feel to the mountains in the distant background. As an added bonus this brought an element of fun and spontaneity back into my artwork–as opposed to the drudgery of trying to be photo-realistic.

On Memorial day when I took the kids for a walk down to the local park to play, I got these beautiful pictures of a bird in a bush. It took a while to figure out where exactly the tweeting was coming from, and then some patient bird stalking to get close enough to get these, but they turned out lovely. Although it was fairly easy to learn that the bird was a white crested sparrow, it took more searching than usual to discover that the bush with its clusters of blue blossoms is a blue blossom Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus bush which is native to California.

White crowned sparrow in a blue blossom Ceanothus by Dawna Morton
White crowned sparrow in a blue blossom Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus bush by Dawna Morton — see it framed

Perched atop this blue blossom Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus bush, in front of an overcast Oregon sky, this White crowned sparrow seems to stare right through you.

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White crowned sparrow in a Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus by Dawna Morton
White crowned sparrow in a Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus by Dawna Mortonsee it framed

Perched atop this blue blossom Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus bush, in front of a streak of cloudy blue Oregon sky, this white crowned sparrow looks at you from the corner of his eye with his tail feathers raised.

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White crowned sparrow in a Ceanothus bush 4 by Dawna Morton
White crowned sparrow in a blue blossom Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus bush 4 by Dawna Mortonsee it framed

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One of many projects I have been working on this week is to use my photo, bird in a winter tree, to create a series of products on Zazzle.com
A bird ( perhaps a robin?) perches on a snow covered apple tree limb surveying the frozen apples hanging like ornaments on a Christmas tree in the December snowstorm.

bird in a winter tree photocard
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bird in a winter tree tie
I love the  pattern that the branches make in this necktie, almost like a cubist painting in effect…
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birdhouse in the snow print
A rustic little snow covered wooden birdhouse hangs from a snow covered limb of a barren apple tree in tront of a snow covered forest in Rainier, Oregon on a cold December morning.
bird in a winter tree print

A bird ( perhaps a robin?) perches on a snow covered apple tree limb surveying the frozen apples hanging like ornaments on a Christmas tree in the December snowstorm.

Bird in a winter tree #2 print

A bird,  possibly an american robin,  perches on a snow covered apple tree snacking on frozen apples during December. Hanging from the tree like golden Christmas ornaments, the apples seem to frame the bird like a bowl or scoop.

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birdie T-ball in the snow print

Three fat little birds in the snow near the T-ball post… looks like the bases are loaded!

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2009 calendar featuring the photography of Dawna Morton. Great blue herons, double crested cormorants, ducks, and geese in the wetlands near the Columbia river in northwestern Oregon.

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