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Battery Mishler Gun Emplacement exit, ladders by Dawna Morton

Last spring I got to go on one of the coolest field trips ever with my son. He was enrolled in an online school, Oregon Connections Academy, at the time. We went on an underground tour of battery Mishler at old Fort Stevens. It was like taking a step backward in time right into history. Even though Battery Mishler was burned in a fire started by some vagrants several decades ago, there were still lots of cool things to see. My son had a blast shining his flashlight in every nook and cranny, and I had fun trying out the low light setting on my camera while we listened to our guide explain all the Civil War, World War I, and World War II history involved in what we were seeing. It was really neat, and I would highly advise going if you ever get the chance. Although it is not generally open to the public (for safety reasons they don’t leave it unlocked), You can call in advance and set up a special appointment with a tour guide if you are interested. I would recommend wearing a hat since it is drippy in there. It is also probably good to know that there are stairs, so it isn’t exactly stroller friendly. (There was a student in a wheelchair, and they were able to carry him up and then carry up the chair, so it isn’t impossible–just not easy. There were two sets of stairs if I recall correctly.)

The photographs really turned out cool and unique looking. The light was really tricky with everyone waving flashlights around, and I didn’t have much time to stop for photos at any one location –since I didn’t want to get lost alone in the dark. A tripod would have been nice to have since the slower shutter speed accentuated any movement at all, but I would not have had time to set it up and use it each time we stopped –our guide kept a pretty good pace. A lot of time  even though the camera was still, people and their flashlights and glow sticks were moving, causing a kind of time-lapse photography effect with the longer exposure time on the low light/night photography setting. It also caused the light to have a kind of golden glow to it which I like. In a lot of the pictures my son was shining the light at things so we could actually see what I was photographing. It was really dark in there. Even though there are some overhead lights, they are few and far between, and not very bright. Using the flashlight In conjunction with the low light setting really caused some dramatic lighting effects (which I enhanced later with some editing of course).

Because of time constraints I’m not going to be able post all of the photos here, but you can peruse them in my galleries at Redbubble and Imagekind (and coming soon on Zazzle and Fineartamerica). There were also some photos I took of the other batteries and scenery around Fort Stevens before it started pouring down rain.

view from the Astoria Column Astoria–Megler Bridge by Dawna and J.  Morton

view from the Astoria Column: Astoria–Megler Bridge by Dawna and J. Morton

Next we made a stop at the Astoria column after a break for lunch. I actually let my son borrow my camera for once (with strict instructions not to break it, drop it, etc etc) and let him do the climb by himself with the other students and teachers since I had a wee one asleep in the car by then. He took some great photos–and I’m not saying that just cause I’m his mom. I had some fun editing them, with his permission. He was pretty proud that I liked them enough to post them for sale. They can also be viewed at Redbubble and Imagekind, and will be on Zazzle and Fineartamerica sometime soon.

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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.
Here are several of a multitude of options for t-shirts and hoodies.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #50 shirt
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #50 by dlmtleArt
Many tshirt designs available at zazzle
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #50 card
great as a blank card, or add your own custom text for Christmas, New Year’s or another occasion.
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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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Oakridge Reservoir #4

Oakridge Reservoir #4 by Dawna Morton

Oakridge Reservoir #4 by Dawna Morton

Watercolor on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Rough 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″ x 11″, 2001. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy in any form.

Gnarly tree stump surrounded by weathered gray branches juxtaposed against a view of algae and rocks under the vibrant blue water of Oakridge Reservoir. Forested green Oregon mountains frame the hazy blue mountain ranges in the distance.

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This is one of a set of four small paintings I  did quite some time ago of  Oakridge Reservoir. At that point I was going for more of a photo realism than an impressionist feel. Originally, what drew me to paint this particular scene was the weather beaten stump and tangle of dead gray branches in the foreground. My favorite aspect now is the way the algae can be seen floating under the surface of the water where it is still shallow near the stump.

Although I had not yet studied composition, it does have good composition with the eye flowing easily from the stump, down through the tree branches  to the algae in the lower right hand corner, and then up through the pattern of darker waves in the water to the forested mountains in the uppermost right, continuing counter clockwise  across the more distant mountain ranges hazy and glowing yellow in the morning light to the tree covered hills on the left, and back down to wards the tree stump again through the shadowy reflection of one of the trees in the water.

Usually I like a very smooth watercolor paper because it does not give me any surprises in where the paint pools, but I think in this case the rough paper helped with the effect of the algae in the water. I experimented with the new paper because there  had been an ad in Artist Magazine to write and get some samples of  Fabriano Uno paper.  Up until that time I had been painting my watercolors all on regular sketch paper because all the watercolor paper I had seen in highschool had been extremely textured, which did not appeal to me. I definitely like the thicker watercolor paper. The higher the number of pounds, the better I like it. I still tend to go for a really smooth texture on the paper though… guess I’m still a bit of a control freak  😉

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