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One of several things I have been working on this week is making a series of  products with my photo, Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53:
Looking up a steep snow covered hill in Rainier, Oregon the crystal clear early morning sky is seen through a break in the trees.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 photocard
Use this custom photo card as a Christmas or New Years card with your own photo and text.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 stationery
There are matching postage and stickers to go with this beautiful stationery. You could also create a custom gift set of stationery by ordering several different kinds of my forest stationery, with matching postage and stickers.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 keychain
Feel free to add your own favorite quote or poem to this key-chain.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 sticker
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 by dlmtleArt
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Below are several of many options for a great custom shirt.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 card
Leave this card blank for that special note, or add your own custom greeting for Christmas or New Years.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 mousepad
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 by dlmtleArt
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One of the things I got done last week was to create a series of product using my photo, Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #32. A snow covered branch creates an arch, with ferns hanging from its moss covered bark, across a tree lined path toward the summit of this hill in the woods of Rainier Oregon. Beyond the forest the sky shines crystal blue in the early morning light.

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This week I designed some stationery using some macro photos I took while hiking through the snow towards Fox creek last winter in Rainier,Oregon. Using Paint.net, I transposed a semi transparent layer of white over the photos in order to create a writing area. I love these pictures, every time I look at them I see something new. They make a beautiful stationery.

imagination flowing stationery

This stationary features a macro photo of melting snow as it floods a forested trail, rippling and glistening in the sun as it flows down the foliage strewn path toward fox creek. Interesting patterns of light and shadow, along with varying leaf colors and shapes mix and blend, stirring the imagination. In the eye of the beholder, and with layers of meaning there are unexplored possibilities, untold stories and images of hidden faces, inviting the viewer to return again and again to focus and ponder what new things they can see.

imagination flowing #2 stationery

Almost like a game of I spy, this stationary featuring one of my macro photos of water from melting snow flowing over a forested trail sparks the imagination with hidden pictures in the abstract patterns withing the fallen foliage and the reflections of the water flowing over them. As the sun glistens and sparkles in the reflections in the melting snow water moving over the golden bronze forest detritus, layers of interesting patterns and shapes appear. I spy a star, a heart, a down-turned face with a “feather” in his cap, an eagle or falcon in it’s nest, a humming bird, and the figure of a man on a boat to name a few. Each time I look at this shot I see something new hiding in the wet leaves. I originally intended this photo to be seen horizontally, but try turning it in different directions and see where your imagination takes you…

imagination flowing #2 by dlmtleArt
More I spy Stationery

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Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 print

Looking up a steep snow-covered hill in Rainier, Oregon the crystal clear early morning sky is seen through a break in the trees.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #54 print

Bright morning sunlight illuminates a snow-covered forested hill near Fox Creek in Rainier, Oregon.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #64 print

A double arc of light orbs hang in the air over a wintry forest scene, as the morning sun shines brightly down from the crystal blue sky through the moss and snow-covered tree branches to the glistening tangle of fallen branches on the forest floor as Fox Creek meanders unseen through the trees.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #68 print
Shining brightly in the pale crystal blue morning sky the sun creates an array of light orbs hanging in the air like a chandelier above the snow-covered forest near Fox Creek, Rainier, Oregon. Beyond the wintry snow-covered ferns and fallen branches, Fox Creek meanders unseen through the trees on its way towards the Columbia River.
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Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #31 print 

A droplet of melting snow on the camera lens creates the effect of a semi transparent orb hanging in the air in front of this snowy forest scene in Rainier, Oregon

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #32 print 

A snow covered branch creates an arch, with ferns hanging from its moss covered bark, across a tree lined path toward the summit of this hill in the woods of Rainier Oregon. Beyond the forest the sky shines crystal blue in the early morning light.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #33 print
Melting snow creates a tiny waterfall through the ferns on this forested hill in Rainier, Oregon.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #34 print

Drooping fronds of ferns surround this tiny waterfall created by melting snow in the forested hills of Rainier, Oregon.

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imagination flowing print

Melting snow floods a forested trail, rippling and glistening in the sun as it flows down the foliage strewn path toward fox creek. Interesting patterns of light and shadow, along with varying leaf colors and shapes mix and blend, stirring the imagination. In the eye of the beholder, and with layers of meaning there are unexplored possibilities, untold stories and images of hidden faces, inviting the viewer to return again and again to focus and ponder what new things they can see.

imagination flowing #2 print

Almost like a game of I spy, this macro photo of water from melting snow flowing over a forested trail sparks the imagination with hidden pictures. As the sun glistens and sparkles in the reflections in the water moving over the golden bronze forest detritus, layers of interesting patterns and shapes appear. I spy a star, a heart, a downturned face with a “feather” in his cap, an eagle or falcon in it’s nest, a humming bird, and the figure of a man on a boat to name a few. Each time I look at this shot I see something new hiding in the wet leaves.

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Orbs of light hang in the air, caused by sunlight shining through the falling snow, in the forest on the way to Fox Creek, Rainier, Oregon, USA. Seen through the dark evergreen tree trunks, a bright white light illuminates the falling snow–inviting a wintry hike.

The pale blue winter sky is visible through the forest canopy, as the sun’s rays stream through the evergreens. Glistening drops of melting snow fall through the air toward the ferny forest floor covered in a light dusting of snow.

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Oregon "Passionflower" #2.

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When I was taking a walk the other day, I came upon a lovely site which I had never before seen even though I have hiked there more times than I can count over the past several years. Luckily I had my camera on me. ;D There was a humongous dark purple flower, which resembled a passionflower in full bloom. I could not believe my eyes. It was gorgeous! The light wasn’t the best, because it was the middle of the day, but I snapped some photos anyway.

Oregon “Passionflower” #3

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I was so excited that I went back later towards evening when the light was better to get more pictures. Lighting really made a difference. (I’ve posted both sets so you can see why it is best to take photos in the morning or the evening.) During the middle of the day the light comes down at a 90 degree angle, or close to it, causing photos to look flat and uninteresting.

Notice in photos 8, 9, and 10 how the light draws the attention to the flower rather than the background. I also makes the flower more rounded and 3 dimensional.

Oregon "Passionflower" #4



It’s a mystery to me what kind of flower this is, although I assume it is some sort of native species. It grew in almost full shade and the flower was about 6 inches or more tall. While I was out taking the second set of pictures, I bumped into the man who owns the adjacent property . He did not know what it is either, but said he used to have a bunch of them behind his garage–but pulled them out because they stink really bad. I could not smell anything and am thinking I wouldn’t mind having some in my yard a good distance from the house (just in case they DO smell LOL). Perhaps it is a relative of the skunk cabbage? I’m not sure because they grow in more marshy areas and you almost always smell those long before you see them. These were on a hill high and dry.

Oregon Passionflower #6

Oregon "Passionflower" #6

Whatever they are, apparently the reason I had never seen one despite the frequency of my walks down this particular trail is because it does not bloom very long. Less than 2 days after I took these pictures the bloom had died. Within a week the entire plant died back and the spot is now covered in morning glory instead. I’m glad I happened to take a walk down that way when my mystery flower was blossoming.

Oregon "Passionflower" #7

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Several days later I went to my friend’s house for an art day again. My friend worked on some miniature sculptures, and I decided to paint a picture of my Oregon “passion flower” from memory. Working entirely from memory is one of the exercises suggested in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards. For those who would like to learn to draw or increase their drawing skills, I would highly recommend getting a copy.

Oregon "Passionflower" #8

Entitled “Oregon ‘Passionflower’ Memory.” my painting is watercolor on paper 11×15.” skipping a pencil sketch, I started painting a translucent minty green glaze around the flower. I had intended to paint in the dark green foliage behind the flower as well, but liked the transparent glaze so well that I left it that way in the end. Next I painted in the fuchsia of the flower, leaving some lighter areas and adding some yellow highlights. Then I used purple for the stamen and the shading. As a finishing touch I painted the stem a minty green with fuchsia and purple shadows, repeating those colors with a light glaze in the corners.

Oregon "Passionflower" #9

Oregon "Passionflower" #10


Oregon Passionflower memory, watercolor 11X15

Oregon "Passionflower" memory, watercolor 11X15"

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thanks to Heidi

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I recently took a hike down into the forest beyond our property with my family. Of course, a hike just isn’t a hike without taking along my camera and getting some pictures on the way! 😉

Sunlit forest reflections shimmer in the water of Fox Creek as it meanders past banks of moss covered rocks and boulders, under the fallen log bridge, on through the ferny forest towards the radiant sky overlooking the unseen Columbia River.

I love how the eye is drawn through the photo: the rocky creek bed visible through

the clear, rippling water, on to the tranquil reflections of forest and sunlight, ending in the shimmering light of the sky seen through the trees in the distance.

I also played around with the macro function on my camera for the first time. I am not including my first attempts here, but I do like this close up of a moss covered rock in the middle of the water. For those who like optical illusions, try clicking on it and take a look at the amber colored pebble just to the lower left of the big rock which looks like a face.
I came across and interesting tree with ferns growing in the moss all the way up the trunk. Notice there is no ivy on it anywhere 🙂 . Luckily the ivy has not invaded this far down into the forest. The trees are much prettier without it. and there is a great variety of native species where the ivy does not choke everything else out.

I have spent hours daily on the backbreaking work of pulling the ivy out on my property, with slim results so far. There is now about 4 square feet of ivy free dirt now. the roots have runners and I have found i have to soften up the ground with a shovel really good and yank hard! LOL.

So if you are thinking about planting English Ivy as ground cover–yes, it works great; however, unless you want to spend hours of labor keeping it from taking over everything and then have somebody 50 years from now wishing they knew who planted it so they could curse your name 😉 –DON’T DO IT!

I have found out from my neighbor who was kind enough to call the county extension office for me, that the best way to remove ivy is to cut the runners that are climbing the trees at a little over a foot off the ground and then make sure to get every scrap of roots that are clinging to the tree. The part up the tree is what flowers and makes seeds, so if you don’t get that first you’ll never get rid of it permanently. depending on the weather it may take up to several weeks for what remains on the tree to wither and die. Then, once you have it off the trees you can effectively remove it from the ground.

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