Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Autumn Roundup

As the colors fade and snow is in the forecast, I thought I'd assemble a few shots from this autumn season.
I worked overtime the last couple of months (loving every second of it),
 and tried not to let a single opportunity slip by.

Last year's colors were miserable in North Idaho, due to an early freeze, so I was eager to make the most of this fall,
my favorite season.

Taken on the first Day of Autumn.
Moonrise over North Idaho from Mt. Spokane
I was fortunate to make a quick trip to Southeastern Idaho and the Tetons in Late September.
I hope to do it again next year.

Winter Wheat and the Tetons

Aspen Sun

Oxbow Bend

In the Centennial Valley of Southwestern Montana I found vibrant aspens in peak color.

In mid October I traveled to Northwest Washington, Bellingham and the Mt. Baker Area.

Mt. Shuksan
Sunset on Puget Sound

To the North were the Purcells decked out in gold.

Bull River

South to Moscow...
U of I Arboretum

On a wet day in the Silver Valley...

Little North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene

In Eastern Washington...

And right here at home.
Beauty Creek
City Park

St. Thomas
It's been a wonderful season,
one I think I would never tire of.
Up next... fog and snow.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pilings or No Pilings?

~A Photographers Perspective~
As controversy and litigation surround the removal of pilings on Cougar Bay, of Lake Coeur d'Alene; fighting over Osprey habitat and motorboats, of which I thought I had no thoughts turn to all the photographs I have taken over the years in our piling filled bays.

Silver Solitude (Cougar Bay)

Wolf Lodge Sunset

Cougar Bay Shallows

How those same pilings have acted as interest elements in my compositions, artistic silhouettes,
leading lines and abstract patterns.

Dusk on Cougar Bay
These are just a few photos of the "soon to be gone" pilings.
Cougar Bay Abstract

Spokane River Twilight

On occasion I've found them annoying too, but not for the same reasons of current controversy.
Spokane River Sunset
Ice on Cougar Bay
Yesterday I returned to a favorite photo haunt to discover the absence of my favorite weathered pilings that jutted from the bay.
Remnants of a Bygone Era-Cougar Bay
I'm sure it seems odd that anyone would have favorite pieces of ragged,
protruding wood in a lake, but I did.
They were the ones in the photo below.

Tugboat in the mist hangs as 6 ft. Canvas
in the Kootenai Cancer Center (Post Falls)
and a 3 ft. print in the Federal Building, Cd'A

On a nearby dock stood the CDA press photographer waiting for a ride on a tugboat, to shoot for todays
CDA Press story on the issue.

Twin Silhouettes

As the boat transported him out to the working equipment,
I photographed the tug passing that very spot again and realized in an instant that the whole scene had lost something vital from a photographic standpoint.

 I watched from a distance with a bit of sadness,
the removal process, as equipment pushed over one piling at a time,
and then plucked it from the depths.

Without me even realizing it, these pilings have been a reminder of the history of our region and a
connection to the past.

Silver Dawn- Cougar Bay

They've added character, and intrigue.
Just my little tribute to something I think I am actually going to miss.
Spokane River Pilings

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A very wet spring

I started this post sometime in May, and today is the day...I SHALL finish it! Beyond that I have set a new goal of blogging at least once a month and it will go on my desk planner. The self imposed rules in my office state..."If it's on the desk must be done!" Of course there is always the possibility that the boss could over ride the rules...I think I've discovered a glitch in my system.

We have experienced what I would imagine must have been one of the wettest Springs on record here in North Idaho. On a positive note, there were many evenings when the sun would break through just at sunset for some amazing displays of sky color and super saturated landscapes. During April, May and June, I 've visited the Palouse, Hood River Oregon, Bonners Ferry, Chewelah and the remote Northeast corner of Washington. But the majority of my shoots have been right here in my beautiful hometown of Coeur d'Alene.

From my Mothers Day weekend in the Columbia Gorge....
An old camoflauged truck
Canola near Troutdale

Hood River Bridge

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A few of the local spots I've hit in the last few months......

Post Falls Dam

Pre-storm color on the Spokane River

Evening at Higgins Point

A view over Coeur d'Alene

The following links will take you to pages on Fine Art America where I am participating in a link exchange, for image placement program. Not all of the art there will be mine, but some of them should be. Feel free to take a look around.

There are some great artists represented there.

Recently I've been receiving some much appreciated promotion from Blogmaster D.F. Oliveria of Huckleberries Online at the Spokesman Review. If you're not a Berry picker, you should be....lots of thought provoking articles, great images and the most interesting scanner traffic...I had no idea there were so many odd happenings in my town.

The far Northeast corner of Washington state is a rugged and scenic area in which I am hoping to spend some time camping and exploring.
I did some scouting in June and look forward to a return trip.

My Premium 5x7 cards are now available at Terrazzo
1846 Government Way.
Coffee, Pastries and specialty gifts. Stop in for a latte and some great atmosphere!

And at Edena's Gallery of Art
3650 N Government Way
 Or they can be ordered through my website.
One of my favorite images from June
Sunset Journey
This next month will take me to Yellowstone, Billings, and my first ever trip to the state of California. I love Idaho, but I am very much looking forward to exploring some new territory.

My next post will include my July trip to Glacier National Park and the short story of my first,
and hopefully last bear encounter!