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One of the projects I have been working on over the past week is to create a series of products on Zazzle using a picture I took a few months ago from one of our windows. Looking from Rainier, Oregon across the Columbia river towards Washington is a spectacular view of bright sunlight shining on a layer of dark, moody clouds above a layer of golden morning sky. Beyond the silhouettes of evergreens and small town buildings, the Columbia river shimmers with an amber glow of reflected sunrise as the far bank is obscured in a dark morning mist…

Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 stamp
These stamps are customizable and you can add your own text.
Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 by dlmtleArt
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Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 photocard
Just add your own personal message for a new year’s card or another special occasion…
Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 mug
There are many options for this mug, but I particularly like how this photo looks on this stainless steel travel mug.
Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 tie
Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 by dlmtleArt
Create your own neck ties with zazzle.com
These are two of many shirt options available…
Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 card
This is a great blank card, or customize it for any occasion involving a new beginning…
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Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 by Dawna Morton

Sunrise over the Columbia River #1 by Dawna Morton

Looking from Rainier, Oregon across the Columbia river towards Washington is a spectacular view of bright sunlight shining on a layer of dark, moody clouds above a layer of golden morning sky. Beyond the silhouettes of evergreens and small town buildings, the Columbia river shimmers with an amber glow of reflected sunrise as the far bank is obscured in a dark morning mist.

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Sunrise over the Columbia River #2 by Dawna Morton

Nestled among the forest silhouettes, the masonic lodge and a church steeple stand in subdued silence as the golden sunrise lights up the cloudy Oregon sky above the Columbia river.

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Sunrise Over the Columbia River #3 by Dawna Morton

Brilliantly the sun shines from behind darkened clouds in an early morning sky as it rises over the Columbia River. The Masonic Lodge and a church steeple nestle sleepily among the Oregon forest in Rainier, as the river flows shining in the golden sunlight toward the pacific ocean, and the opposite shore of Kelso and Longview, Washington is obscured in a hazy mist.

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Sunrise Over the Columbia River #4 by Dawna Morton

The Columbia River shines radiantly in the sunrise as it flows tranquilly towards the pacific ocean bordered by dark silhouettes of evergreen trees standing like sentinels on the Oregon shore and mist shrouded mountains beyond in Washington.

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Sunrise Over the Columbia River #5 by Dawna Morton

As the sun rises over the Columbia river, a masonic lodge and church steeple rise above the forest of the surrounding hills in Rainier, Oregon. Silvery gray and luminescent white in the early morning light, the clouds blanket the pacific northwest sky.

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The other morning when the sun was shining blindingly through the shades as the sun rose, I peeked out the window at the sunrise and ran for my camera, taking these photos right through the window screen. This left a cross hatch pattern on the photos, and in retrospect I think it would have been better to remove the screen first because it was not possible to edit it out. In a few of them it gives the slight impression of rain though and I like that. I did have to edit out some large and rather unsightly power lines. when my pc crashed recently I was not able to reinstall one of the photo editing programs I used to use (photoimpression5) because the disk had warped. Although I use picassa  for such features at their retouch and some of the effects such as sharpen and soft focus, it does not have a “smudge” feature–which is one of the things I usually used photoimpression5 for. Luckily on Zazzle’s blog they had recently done an article on inexpensive, or free,  alternatives to Adobe’s Photoshop–which I don’t have because it is prohibitively expensive at the moment.  One of the program’s they recommended was Paint.net, so I decided to give it a try. At first I was disappointed because I did not see a smudge feature, but then noticed there are a variety of patches that can be added. One of them included a smudge feature and so far I am very happy with it. On areas like the clouds, the  retouch feature on picassa is pretty good at removing the power lines, but at the edges or near the trees and buildings smudge is essential to remove the dark color of the power lines before using  retouch to smooth things out and in some cases to replace the crosshatch pattern of the screen to make it match the rest of the photo. Then in some of them I liked the soft focus effect to soften out the screen pattern a bit. All in all they are lovely photos.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #18 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #18

As the early morning sun bursts through the trees, illuminating the forest with its heavenly glow, silhouettes of branches and leaves create a semblance of a stained glass window I love how the silhouettes of the forest trees and foliage in this photograph create a semblance of a stained glass window.

The Bright sunlight creates a high contrast photograph, almost like a black and white, except for the hint of green in the edges of the leaves and branches. There is also a small green sunspot followed by a larger red sunspot in the lower right corner.

The branch across the lower left corner resembles a fallen beam in an abbey of the ancient ruins of a ramshackle church. The warm glow of the sun speaks of hope, renewal, and restoration as it shines through the tangle of vines and branches.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #19 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #19

The early morning sun beams its rays from the azure winter sky through the leafless maples to the cedars and forest below.

The sky is a pristine light blue with a hint of thin white clouds in the background. Darkened outlines of bare branches in the foreground and cedar trees in the background provide stark contrast with the early morning sun.

As the rays travel from the sun through the forest, several large sunspots a of lighter and darker red radiate from the sun. One small green sunspot floats like a small orb in the midst of the trees.

 

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Early Morning Sunrays #26 print

Morning Sun Rays #26

The early morning sun bursts through the trees, radiating light through the dark forest. Ivy climbing the tree trunk becomes transparent as the sun shines through them.

The sun appears like a bright star floating in the midst of the forest as it shines through the translucent ivy on the trees. I love the warm coral half circle like a corona with sun rays streaming through it.

The air seems to sparkle with light and life as the green sunspot hovers like a remote star to the left of the sun, and the sun rays shine all around.

If you squint a little and look at it with eyes half shut and focus on the left of the photo, all the lighter areas where the blue sky peeks through the cedars look like a glimpse of stars in the galaxy surrounding the sun, or perhaps a white giant.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #25 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #25

Brilliantly the sun beams it’s rays through the shadowy center of the forest, creating 4 red sunspots near the corners of the photo. Beyond is seen the blue and white of a cold winter sky silhouetted by the cedars and ivy covered maples.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #28 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #28


The early morning sky is tranquil and blue, and the bare branches of the maples stalwartly await the coming of spring. The air seems to sizzle with energy as the sun’s rays stream through the forest ending in a burst of transparent red sunspots.

The sizzling effect is actually an optical illusion created by the wavy outline of the tree on the far left. When you look at it just right (look slightly to the right and don’t focus completely) it makes the sun Rays look as if they are wavy and dancing with energy.

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Early Morning Sun Rays #31 print

Early Morning Sun Rays #31

Softly radiant, the sun illuminates the forest from the calm winter sky. A solitary maple seems to shelter and guide the young saplings encircled by the evergreen foliage of the cedars.

Part 1, part 2, part 3

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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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