Category Archives: The Intimate Landscape

The small details, shapes, and textures that catch my eye.

Fall Wonder #11

Bloedel Reserve

Alders and vine maples line the paths through the Reserve.  It is a Fall Wonderland. Light filters through the trees making the vine maples’ orange, red, and yellows pop out from the green background.  The light brightens the grey-white bark of the Alders.  What a beautiful palette of color nature has given us.

Fall Wonder #10

“Monet’s Forest”

Gentle light filtering through
leaves of orange, yellow, and green,
paints an image of warmth and peace.

As I looked into the Forest at the Bloedel Reserve, I felt like I was looking into a Monet painting. Soft filtered light, shadows, and subtle pastels decorated the scene.  In post, I added a little of the impressionistic feeling using Topaz Impression.  

Fall Wonder #9

“Red, White, and Green … the Natural Colors of Western Washington”

When you see RED, SHOOT.  This little advice from John Barclay sticks in my mind.  Fall has a multitude of color contrasts.  A red maple leaf always catches my eye.  I saw “Greeting Card” written all over this image when I snapped the shutter.

A fallen red leaf
nestles into a bed of green,
getting ready for a long winter’s sleep

Fall Wonder #7

“Nature’s Abstract”

Beautiful abstracts abound in the natural world around us.  I am constantly amazed how much of nature’s art I see when I just take my time to peacefully look around me.  Moments before I recorded this image, I was admiring a beautiful reflection of trees with their full fall glory in a pond at the Bloedel Reserve.  I turned around and immediately saw gentle rays of sunshine peeking through two aspen tree trunks.  I gasped at the beauty and quickly took an image before the sun went behind a cloud.  That brief moment was a wonderful gift!

Fall Wonder #6

Grey Alder & Vine Maple, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA

Simple subject, glorious color.  What a treat it was to visit Bloedel on a beautiful sunny fall day. Reds, oranges, and yellows were scattered against brilliant greens.  The grey-white bark of alders stood out among the color.  There was just too much to photograph.  I am already planning on a future trip.

Abstract Art is Everywhere 2

Abstract 1:  Barnet Newman’s “Achilles” – National Gallery of Art

Abstract 2:  National Gallery of Art – East Wing, Exterior

Abstract 3: Volcanic Cliff

Simple lines of abstract art are intriguing.  They can be found everywhere.  Some are works created in art mediums (paintings, sculptures, etc.).  Others are created by architectural forms. Still others are found in nature.

Abstract 1 is an oil painting created by Barnet Newman titled “Achilles”.  I stood and looked at this piece for quite a long time.  Rather than try to figure out “what it is meant to be”, I tried to focus on what feeling it brought out in me.  The red made me feel a little anxious.  I did not resonate with this piece.

Abstract 2 is a photograph of the exterior of the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art.  I was walking along, looked up and saw these contrasting shapes of shadows and light.  It just grabbed me.

Abstract 3 is a photograph of the sheer basalt cliffs cut by the Palouse River during the Ice Age Floods.  Nature’s artwork stops me in my tracks.  Sometimes I just do not want to leave.  It instills me to think about how our would was formed and just enjoy the beauty of nature surrounding me.

Art is everywhere!

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