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This week I designed a 2009 calendar featuring my series of Evening Sun Rays Photographs which were taken in the forest at Hudson-Parcher Park, Rainier, Oregon. It is for sale at zazzle.com

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I just got done designing a 2009 calendar with some of my Early Morning Sun Rays photographs. It is for sale at Zazzle.com.

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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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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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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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light in my Forest#7light in my Forest#6

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