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Here is the last installment of apple blossom pictures I took this spring. For some reason these first two seem to have a bit of an oriental flair, but maybe that’s just me. It’s just something about the foremost of the apple blossoms–perhaps the shape in combination with the glowing light.

apple blossoms #4 by Dawna Morton
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Glowing translucently in the sun, white apple blossoms stretch upwards towards the sky in front of a dark forest background. On either side of the sprig of blossoms, pale green leaves with golden veins, spread transparent in the sun, tilting like the gossamer wings of a bird circling majestically in the warm spring air.

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apple blossoms #4, sepia by Dawna Morton
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In this sepia colored photograph, glowing apple blossoms stretch upwards towards the sky in front of a dark forest background. On either side of the sprig of blossoms, pale leaves with golden veins, spread transparent in the sun, tilting like the gossamer wings of a bird circling majestically in the warm spring air.

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apple blossoms #5 by Dawna Morton
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In this dreamy photograph a sprig of pink apple blossoms appears to sit at the edge of a reflective pool of water surrounded by radiantly glowing spring sunlight.

This is by far my favorite out of my apple blossom photos. I love the brilliant light that fills it, the delicate pink of the blossoms, and the overall peacefulness and tranquility of it as a whole.

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apple blossoms #6 by Dawna Morton
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In this dreamy focal black and white photo of white apple blossoms, one sprig of glowing flowers stands out against a dark background filled with an array of delicate, softly focused, almost abstracted flowers and foliage.

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bird house in the apple tree by Dawna Morton
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Flooded with an ethereal light, this beautiful Pacific Northwest forest scene sets a perfect backdrop for this rustic little wooden birdhouse. Hanging from a lichen covered branch in front of some glowing apple blossoms, it beacons becomingly for a little birdie to make a springtime home.

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One of the things I have been doing this week creating a series of products on Zazzle.com using my photo Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #50:
The morning sun shining through the forest creates spectacular lighting effects. Lens flare and light orbs floating in the air with sun rays shining visibly through the trees produce an ethereal glow in the Rainier, Oregon woods.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #50 photocard
This photo creates a dramatic backdrop for your photo and custom text. Use as a personalized Christmas photo card, or for another occasion, such as new years by changing the background color and the text.
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Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #50 shirt
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #50 by dlmtleArt
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Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #50 card
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This week I have been creating some stationery out of my stargazer lily photographs.

The soft focus in the photo on this stationery of a vase of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies glowing brilliantly in the afternoon sun conveys a feeling of old-fashioned romance and memories full of love and joy.

Softly focused photograph of a vase of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies glowing gloriously radiant in the afternoon sun. These beautiful blooms stand out gorgeously against the dark background.

This stationery features a focused black and white photo of an arrangement of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies overlaid with a semi transparent writing area. One unopened bud stands tall above the rest which bloom radiantly in an ethereal glow of afternoon sunlight.

A bouquet of stargazer lilies glows in the afternoon sun, with translucent petals and leaves, while the background disappears into the shadows in this softly focused photograph.

A bit of lens flare and a soft focus lend an ethereal effect to this photo of a bouquet of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies shining radiantly in the afternoon sunlight. set on a dark pink background and overlaid with a semi-transparent writing area, this photo makes an elegant writing paper.

Photo of an arrangement of pink and white stargazer lilies glowing radiantly in the sunlight. the soft focus and dark background make one flower stand out dramatically above the rest.

This stationery features a macro photograph of a pink and white stargazer lily on a black background. The stamen and pistol of this gorgeous flower rise upward as the petals unfurl in the radiant sunlight.

More stargazer stationery coming next week…

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Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #47 print
The sunlight glows on a patch of snow in the forest near Fox Creek, Rainier, Oregon
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #48 print

Patches of snow-covered forest floor glow in the morning sunlight, surrounded by ferns and trees in beautiful Rainier, Oregon.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #49 print

The morning sun sparkles like a faceted gem through a canopy silhouettes created by moss-covered tree branches. Refracted by the forest canopy, the light creates a subdued rainbow within the dark Oregon forest.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #50 print

The morning sun shining through the forest creates spectacular lighting effects. Lens flare  and light orbs floating in the air with sun rays shining visibly through the trees produce an ethereal glow in the Rainier, Oregon woods.

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Close up photo of a pink and white speckled stargazer lily on a black background. One large blossom basks in the glowing sunlight while another bloom hides subdued in the shadows beyond like an echo or a reflection.

Macro photograph of a pink and white stargazer lily on a black background. The stamen and pistol of this gorgeous flower rise upward as the petals unfurl in the radiant sunlight.

Photo of an arrangement of pink and white stargazer lilies glowing radiantly in the sunlight. the soft focus and dark background make one flower stand out dramatically above the rest.

A bit of lens flare and a soft focus lend an ethereal effect to this photo of a bouquet of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies shining radiantly in the afternoon sunlight.

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During December, after a snowfall, I went hiking down the hill towards Fox Creek to get some pictures of the snow covered forest. This one had a great ethereal feel to it at  thumbnail size, but it lost much of the effect when seen at full resolution. So I tried opening it up with Picassa3 and using several of the editing tools to adjust the lighting soften the edges and add a little glow to it.

A cold winters day hike through the snow towards Fox Creek in Rainier, Oregon reveals a pale blue winter sky seen through a stand of trees near the edge of a forest glade on the bottom of a sloping hill. Still attached to twigs and brambles autumn leaves appear golden in the sun like trail markers bordering a snowy path zig zagging across the hills an into the distance.

A digitally altered photo of a snowy sunlit forest glade covered in brambles at the bottom of a steep hill in picturesque Rainier, Oregon. The winter sky glows through the forest canopy in a golden haze of sunlit mist, causing the trees to fade off into the distance.

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Here is my next installment of Early Morning Sun Rays Photos. I hope you enjoy them. If you like these pictures you may also enjoy part 1 and part 2.

Early Morning Sun Rays #29 print

The early morning sun rays light up the forest with their heavenly glow. The forest is tranquil and subdued in the early morning light.

Early Morning Sun Rays #16 print

An early morning in the forest when there is a light layer of mist hanging in the air, and the sun’s rays stream visibly though the trees, creates an atmospheric optic of the shadow of one of the tree trunks angling diagonally downward through the fog on the right hand side of this photo.

Early Morning Sun Rays # 17 print

Early morning sun rays illuminate the forest with a heavenly glow. In this photo the dark silhouettes of trees and foliage create an optical illusion of a face in the brightly lit fog.  It reminds me of Christ with long hair and a beard.

early morning sun rays #20 print

Thick vines of old ivy climb up on an older tree as the early morning sun rays glow amongst the younger saplings in the distance.

Early Morning Sunrays #23 print

Beyond the ivy covered trees, at the bottom of the hill, the fern covered forest floor basks in the morning sunlight.

Early Morning Sunrays #24 print

A sunny view of the forest floor at the bottom of a very steep tree covered hill. We refer to it fondly as the ravine when we are trying to get into or just as difficult back out of it 😉

Early Morning Sunrays #27 print

In this photo, young saplings  lean towards each other in the early morning fog, flanked on either side by older stronger trees grown over with ivy.
For some reason this reminds me of a book cover or a bookmark . I love the way the patterns and shapes all fit together, as well as the icy colors created by the fog.


There is a variety of evergreen trees here. We have quite a few fir or pine trees, as well as a good number of cedar and maple. Interspersed sparingly are some holly. We have ivy everywhere and climbing up everything. Ivy is not native to Oregon, but for some reason we have it climbing up all the trees at my house. I plan on borrowing some goats, who love to eat ivy (yay 🙂 ), seeing as I don’t want to weed 1/4 acre worth of forest by hand. I have a hard enough time keeping up with every thing else I’m doing (such as getting the garden ready to plant and keeping up with the other 1/4 acre of yard).

Aside from the ivy, the other issue that needs to be addressed, although thankfully enough, not apparent in these photos, is the garbage that people have dumped down there over the years. Most of the time the Ivy covers everything so it’s not visible, but around February and March the ivy has died back enough that I can see it all 😦 . I went down there last week and spent quite some time hauling up buckets of bricks, broken bottles, scrap metal, and several tires. It hardly made a dent in what is down there. I am trying not to get discouraged and apply Flylady’s principle of  “I can do anything for 15 minutes.”  It was exhausting hauling the tires up my steep ravine. They were only about 5 feet down there, but you would not believe how heavy they felt trying to push, pull, shove, roll, flip and basically wrangle them up that hill. I was worn out enough that I did only one tire on one day and the other several days later.

On the long term what I would love to do is to make some hiking trails down there for the kids (and myself too of course ). It’s going to be a long and slow process, but it will be worth it. Hopefully I can find some native plants that will provide good ground cover and keep the hill from eroding, without being invasive like the ivy.

I’ll be posting updates as I continue to make progress. In the mean time please enjoy some more photos in part 4…

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Early Morning Sun Rays #14 print
The early morning sun illuminates the forest with it’s heavenly rays in this photograph. The delicate glow in the fog is interspersed with the shadows of the trees creating an ethereal effect..
Early Morning Sunrays # 7 print
Between a large cedar and n older ivy covered maple, a break in the trees showcases one tree with bare branches surrounded by fog illuminated by the early morning sun rays.
Early Morning Sunrays # 13 print

Between two trees overgrown with ivy, with one patch of  leaves translucent in the sun, the forest beckons in a foggy morning light.

Early Morning Sun Rays #8 print
A radiant display of early morning sunlight glows luminously withing the heart of the forest.

 

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Early Morning Sun Rays #15 print

Delicate rays of sunlight  and shadow steam through this moss and ivy covered forest.

Rays of sunlight  and shadow steam through this moss and ivy covered forest.

As I mentioned in part 1, once I was satisfied with the photos I had taken of the sunburst through the trees, I then moved on to capture some of the more subtle effects of the sun rays on the forest.

I love how the sunbeams create a heavenly light in these pictures. Lighting really does make all the difference in the mood and feeling of a photograph. It can make an ordinary scene into something truly spectacular.

Notice how the focal point is not the forest, but the light itself. It seems to radiate a peace and joy and warmth as its radiant glow illuminates the forest. Soft and ethereal, the sunlight turns an ordinary forest scene into something truly glorious.

These images seem to beckon, inviting a quiet morning walk of tranquil reflection and spiritual reawakening.  Moments like these stir a desire to find the divine within us and to strive to attain a higher level of excellence. feeling at peace and harmony, we can then be rejuvenated and re-energized in our efforts to become better than we are.

 


If you liked these photos you may also like to see more in part 3, part 4, and  sunlight in my forest.

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I suppose I have to thank my kids for missing the school bus the other week.

Why? Because, on the way home from the school I noticed the sun shining through the fog and decided to whip out my camera. ( Luckily I had my camera on me. I am trying to get in the habit of taking it every where. I can not count the times I have missed a great picture because I forgot to bring it along, like the morning on the way out of the school parking lot when it was foggy and the sun came out and illuminated the fog behind a grouping of trees. I was kicking myself all the way home for having forgotten my camera that day). You never know when you will come across something that moves you and the artist in you demands you take a photo for reference later.

Early Morning Sun Rays #1 print


The sun was so bright streaming through the trees that I had to shoot virtually blind on most of these. I would aim as best as I could toward my desired focal point and click hoping I’d gotten it, without really being sure because all I could see through the viewfinder was a bright glare.

It is really important to make sure to check the settings on a digital camera. I normally leave mine on the highest resolution setting  possible, however I had recently put it on low resolution for some pictures I took for the sole purpose of illustrating my blog posts on framing and for my post on recycling candles. I had already taken several pictures when I realized I had not returned the settings to high resolution. which is too bad because the second of these is one of my favorites of the ones I took that day.

I love how the sunburst causes such a contrast with the deep early morning forested shade. It is all so peaceful and ethereal in its beauty. The light is not often so perfect for taking such great photos. I got a bit carried away and took around 40 in very short order. The refracted light in the camera lens also caused interesting patterns of red and blue hexagons to appear in the sunburst images.

Once I had several images that I felt captured the gloriousness of the bright sunburst I hiked in a bit further and started taking pictures of the more delicate effects of the sun rays themselves.

more of Dawna’s photos in part 2,
part 3part 4

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