Archive for the ‘Trees’ Category

Not enough haze to be fog, but enough to lay a filter over my early morning outing.

 

Monday was “Fog and Trees Day” for your friend, Wabi Sabi. I opened the morning in the arboretum with mighty oaks, hungry turkeys and light fog and a few hours later moved into much thicker fog and many acres of fir trees on a Christmas Tree farm in Kewaunee County.

This place should be renamed Leading Lines Tree Farm, a Photographer’s Delight.

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I’ve been here before (and in the fog) and the pure orderly arrangement of perfectly trimmed trees makes my head swim. 

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In a good way.

No matter what angle you take for viewing, it is a pure visual delight. The fog adds another element, blurring rows in the distance and creating a grainy overlay on images.

Click on any picture below to view this set as a gallery.

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So, one minute I’m a diligent and conscientious blogger and the next…”Shiny!”

Yowza! Let the wandering of my attention begin.

Any time I’ve gotten close to anything WordPressy,  I’m  all “Squirrel!” or “Shiny Squirrel” or even “Shiny Chocolate Squirrel!” And, I’m off.

Not that I haven’t been taking pictures. I have. In fact, for the past month or so, I have been Woman Obsessed with Trees. So, to be completely honest, I’ve been spending time with my camera, just not my computer.

This is some of what I’ve been doing and given that I generally do very realistic work, it’s a huge departure.

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I’m not all that sure HOW to share the new stuff,  so I’ve been stockpiling my work instead of sharing it. That pretty much explains my absence.

Plus, there was this shiny squirrel…

From the Department of Cool News, three (!!) of my pieces were juried into the CoPA show in Kenosha. The show opens tomorrow, June 21, at the Anderson Art Center, though I will not be able to attend. (Apparently, the show will open regardless of my presence or lack thereof.)  Truly, an outstandingly beautiful facility. Their website can be found here:

http://www.andersonartscenter.com/index.htm

I am sorry that I have missed reading and commenting on blogs that I follow, especially YOURS. I will get right on that. If I had started looking around, I would have felt all guilty and inadequate because you were all producing and I was not. I anticipate a great wealth of material waiting for my reading pleasure and artistic astonishment.

With Tuesday’s spring “melt”–which lasted an entire day and now we are back to freezing–I wanted to find giant puddles and shoot reflections. I ended up in the Yacht Club/Coast Guard area, across the river from the Pulliam Plant. It’s relatively deserted there with some nice paved surfaces and I didn’t have to sidestep any vehicles, parked or otherwise. (Okay…I outwaited the fool in the green van who was parked DIRECTLY where I wanted to shoot, but that was it.)

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I had a good time, moving my car around the lots with both the heater and the audio system cranked up, soundtracking my work.

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The snowbank-puddle combos provided some very interesting effects.

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And, now that you know what you are looking at, let’s flip an image for a whole different perspective:

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The entire expedition wasn’t monochromatic:

Ta-DA! The Pulliam Plant.

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(I am particularly pleased with that one.)

Finally, capturing this last sign* in a watery typeface seemed quite appropriate:

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And now I will return to the tugboats…which are pretty awesome.

* “Overflow Parking on Grass”

The Aissen Tree Farm in Pilson as seen through the lens of Wednesday’s glorious fog.

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Yesterday was the best fog ever.

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As always, pictures are best viewed larger–click on the image for a better look.