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While I was out hiding the Easter eggs I noticed some trillium flowers were blooming out in our forest earlier than usual. So the next time the light was good I grabbed my camera and hiked back out there. There are definitely benefits to living on a half acre of forest 🙂 I only got a couple of shots before the sun went behind the clouds, but that’s typical Oregon spring weather for you 😉

Glistening wet from a recent spring shower, this exotic looking purple trillium blooms beautifully in the Oregon rain forest. A ray of bright sunlight warms the ferns and leaf strewn forest floor in the background.

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I love how this one looks so regal and majestic like the queen of the forest flowers with its pistols and stamen forming a crown…

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purple trillium #2 by Dawna Morton

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Glistening wet from a recent spring shower and basking in the sun, this exotic looking purple trillium blooms beautifully surrounded by a soft background of Oregon rain forest.

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purple trillium #1 by Dawna Morton

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Glistening wet from a recent spring shower and basking in the sun, this exotic looking purple trillium blooms beautifully surrounded by a soft background of Oregon rain forest. In this side view, one of the petals is curled back on itself.

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Three trillium flowers grow in an arc from biggest to smallest, pink, white, pink. Surrounded by ferns and other greenery on the leaf  strewn forest floor and covered in raindrops from a recent spring shower, these blossoms are typical of the wonders to be found on a hike in the beautiful pacific northwest.

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This digitally edited photo of a white trillium flower has a dark and moody background. In contrast, the flower’s three petal glow warmly in the sunlight, standing out from the muted colors of the flower’s rain speckled leaves.

I love how the editing on this photo gave it an appearance similar to a painting 🙂

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white trillium, dark background, tinted by Dawna Morton

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This digitally edited photo of a white trillium flower, which has been tinted purple for more of a moonlight effect, has a dark and moody background. The flower’s three petals catch a soft twilight purplish light, standing out from the muted green colors of the flower’s rain speckled leaves.

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Evening Sun Rays #1
Evening Sun Rays #1

These were taken this spring early in the evening at Hudson-Parcher Park, Rainier, Oregon.

Evening Sun Rays #1

Through the dark, forest silhouettes, the sun glimmers in the pale blue evening sky creating a coral colored hexagon.

Evening Sun Rays #2
Evening Sun Rays #2

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Evening Sun Rays #2

Brilliantly above the forest canopy, the evening sun beams down from the tranquil azure blue sky casting it’s golden glow on the foliage of the bushes in the glade below.

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Evening Sun Rays #49
Evening Sun Rays #49

Evening Sun Rays #49

Brilliant white sunlight creates interesting lacy patterns among the silhouetted limbs of the forest.

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Evening Sun Rays #50

The evening sun rays glimmer through the lacy forest canopy.

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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.

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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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light in my Forest#1As a side hobby to my artwork, I take lots of photos so I can have good reference pictures for later.
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light in my Forest#4 These are a series of photos of the light in my forest. We live on almost half an acre with a lovely spot of forested ravine which leads down to a creek. I love the different effects of the light through out the day. Whenever I look out the window and see how beautifully the light strikes the trees deep in the woods, I want to grab my camera and run. Once in light in my Forest#8a while I make it out there before the light changes and manage to snap some pictures. I took most of these in October 2007. I love the one with the clump of yellow leaves all by itself in the photo at the lower left.

light in my Forest#3One of the things I wish I had pictures of is the view from my back deck down into the forest, when the”helicopters” from all the maple trees are falling. The first autumn we lived in this house the wind was blowing and it was a truly blustery day. With the leaves spinning in their downwardly spiraling dance and the helicopters whirling in the wind it was an almost magical experience. It reminded me of light in my Forest#9dancing wood nymphs joyfully flitting about on the wind in a symphony of chaotic motion. I plan on doing a painting of that one someday (I just have too many other projects in the works right now to get going on that one yet). A photo would not do it justice, and A video camera is not something I own. It is definitely a sight worth sitting and watching for awhile and I look forward to it each fall.

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