Friday, July 31, 2009

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

What more is there to say?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Clark's Nutcracker

Perched atop a Pinion Pine at Crater Lake

The Clark's Nutcracker has a special pouch under its tongue that it uses to carry seeds long distances. The nutcracker harvests seeds from pine trees and takes them away to hide them for later use. The Clark's Nutcracker hides thousands and thousands of seeds each year. Laboratory studies have shown that the bird has a tremendous memory and can remember where to find most of the seeds it hides. It feeds its nestlings pine seeds from its many winter caches. Because it feeds the young on stored seeds, the nutcracker can breed as early as January or February, despite the harsh winter weather in its mountain home. The male nutcracker actually develops a brood patch on its chest just like the female, and takes his turn keeping the eggs warm while the female goes off to get seeds out of her caches.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Natural Bridge Infrared

Prospect, OR

At Natural Bridge, the Rogue River is swallowed by an underground maze of lava tubes.
A fraction of the flow is released into a small pool directly below the bridge.
The remainder of the diverted water surges back to the surface and is visible from the viewpoint bridge.
The largest of these angles out from under the east bank into the main channel, returning the river to its full strength.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Crater Lake National Park

As usual, we took our out of state visitors to see Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the US

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pot Rack

Culinary Store Sign

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Window Reflection

I liked the reflection of the tree and the sky in the window here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Garden Gate

Another from the World Wide Photowalk

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bus Stop

Still adding Photo Walk photos

I think this is actually a home but it looked like a grayhound bus station.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Old Brick Wall

Another from the Photo Walk.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Jacksonville, Oregon

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Family Outing

Enjoying a snack on a hot Saturday afternoon

Monday, July 20, 2009


Another of the photos I took on the World Wide Photo Walk

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cozy Cottage

When I took this photo I didn't see the kitty under the table. It wasn't until I uploaded the photo to the computer that I found this happy surprise

Saturday, July 18, 2009


I took this photo on the World Wide Photo Walk today in Jacksonville, OR

Friday, July 17, 2009


This is a photo of a grape leaf. The color was changed using Photoshop curves.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Rule of Thirds

As an avid believer in the Rule of Thirds, I found this article from a photographer's blog quite fascinating.

On the surface the rule of thirds doesn’t really make a ton of sense, I mean why would a composition broken up into three equal parts be innately more appealing than any other random spattering in a composition? Well what if I told you that nature actually does instinctively, and inexplicably seem to have a naturally occurring preference towards a specific ratio, a peculiar number, a divine ratio if you will?

Golden MeanTo find the real story behind the “rule of thirds” we need to go back in time, not to the renaissance, not to the Greeks, and not even to Adam nor Eve… even further. We need to go to the creation of the universe, why is that? Well I’ll tell you why. There is a number that determines how a sunflower’s seeds grow, it determines the path a hawk takes when diving at it’s prey, it is echoed in the breeding habits of rabbits and it even determines how the spirals in a spiral galaxy are laid out. It’s all very simple in it’s beauty and best of all, it’s all true. If you want to wrap your head around it further then I highly recommend the book The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio (Check it out here The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World’s Most Astonishing Number).

Interestingly enough this mathematical principle has been seen in artwork as early as 400 B.C., today we refer to this line by several names: the Golden Ratio, the Golden Mean, The Divine Proportion, but whatever you call it you should notice that it does not line up with the rule of thirds. Almost but not quite…

In other words, if you want to construct a composition where the main points fall on lines used by nature in absolutely mind-blowingly different ways then follow the Golden Mean. However, if you want to fold up the paper into thirds and have your composition line up with that then by all means, follow the rule of thirds.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Watercolor painted in Painter 11

Wonderful free webinars are here:
Photoshop, In Design, Photography, Flash and more

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Still Life

My daughter sent me this link today. It is about some very interesting photography. I thought you might enjoy seeing it. There is also a powerpoint presentation that gives lots of details about his photos.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Charcoa Portrait

This painting was a color portrait that I painted in Painter. Here she is again as a charcoal.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


This is our golden retriever, Yogi. He is very camera shy but I have found that with a long lens I can finally photograph him without his knowledge. If he know you are taking his photo, he either runs or looks like he is being abused. This is the first reasonable good photo I have even gotten in his 8 years.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Fisherman

Painted in Corel Painter 11

This is my friend John who generously posed for this photo shoot which was held in my friend Jerry's studio. Jerry is a retired wedding photographer and made the photos what they were due to his expert use of lighting. John and I learned a lot and had a wonderful afternoon.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Barn and Silo

I pass this barn quite often but have never stopped to photograph it.... so today I did.

Monday, July 6, 2009

100 Steps to Improve your Photography

We can all use a brush up on photography tips. This article starts with the basics and goes from there.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Something Different

Today I painted a mosaic in Painter.
It was lots of fun so if you are a Painter user you should give it a try.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

You're a grand old flag, You're a high flyin' flag And forever in peace may you wave . . .

Collage painted in Corel Painter 11

In the United States, Independence Day, known as, and more commonly referred to by the phrase "Fourth of July", is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Happy Independence Day

Friday, July 3, 2009

From the Garden


In the modern western world the most well known garlic lore is probably its use against vampires.

European folklore also gives garlic the ability to ward off the "evil eye".

Dreaming that there is "garlic in the house" is supposedly lucky; to dream about eating garlic means you will discover hidden secrets.

The herbalist Culpepper linked garlic with the planet Mars, a fiery planet also connected with blood.

Roman soldiers ate garlic to inspire them and give them courage; Egyptian slaves were fed garlic to keep their strength up.

Homer reported that Ulysses owed his escape from Circe to "yellow garlic".

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wild Sweet Pea

More Scanart
Today's word was 'sweet'

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Meet PJ

PJ's real name is Precious Jewel. He is an old boy but very spry and still a good mouser.
He likes mice even if he does think he is a dog like the rest of our furry friends.