Pink Poppies

An early morning photo of these vibrant pink poppies at the Oregon Garden in Silverton

An early morning photo of these vibrant pink poppies at the Oregon Garden in Silverton

While visiting the Oregon Garden we were fortunate to take advantage of a Travel Zoo deal and stay at the Resort there.  That gave me easy access to the Garden.  I would get up at 4:45 and head out to shoot photos like these of the poppies before the bright sunlight would make it impossible to capture all the detail and texture of the flowers.

Wrinkled Pink

The early morning dew seemed to accentuate the delicate nature of this poppy.  This photo was taken with my Canon 5D II, a Canon 70-200 2.8 IS lens with a B&W polarizer.

Poppy Dew_MG_5408The joy of seeing God’s creation up close!

All Creation Sings His Praises

Winter Falls

John Muir exclaimed, “As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.  I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche.  I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”

I recently enjoyed hiking in the Silver Falls State Park in my home state of Oregon.

To be the first human on the trail in the early morning … approaching a waterfall … the sound of it crescendos as you draw nearer,  causing an uncertain yet knowing anticipation … a reward difficult to express, …  but certain praise to the Creator … for a beauty so serene that melts “self” and it’s concerns away.   Time with my Creator is always well spent.

The “Winter Falls” is a 134 foot waterfall that relies on winter runoff and is its best in winter, spring, and early summer.

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”  (John Muir, 1938) ….. I wonder if John Muir was acquainted with Saint Francis.  Happy Trails!

Trees at Night

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This is my first attempt at “painting with light.”  It is accomplished by setting up your camera before dark using a tripod.  I used my Canon 5D MK II, a 24-105mm f/4L lens, with  the ISO at 100.  I pushed my cable shutter at 10:30 pm with the exposure set at 30 seconds.  While the camera is “shooting” you “paint” the tree with flash lights.  I converted one image to black and white.

Tree at Night, B&W 1

I was raised in Saudi Arabia where trees were few and far between.  That is probably why I am attracted to trees now as a photographer … they seem to become more beautiful with age.  Perhaps like us humans … but, when you look past the wrinkles and sagging curves … and finally see each others true inner beauty.

Highway to the Clouds

Highway to the Clouds

 

I was on my way to the Umpqua Valley on a lonely road during a misty rain and this scene caused me to pull over … something about the craggy tree and heavenly light from around the bend … mixed with the fog … makings of a magical moment.

Shore Acres Rhododendrons

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Shore Acres State Park on the Oregon Coast during May has a wonderful collection of Rhodies.  The weather was a bit overcast yet still somewhat glary so difficult to shoot even with my usual polarizer.  The Japanese lily pond is always a special place.

 

 

 

Red Rhodies_5130Here are just a few of the many glorious rhododendrons to enjoy there.

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The Splendor of Bandon

Bandon Splendor-4388Here is a very fortunate moment in time when the sun, clouds, waves, plume of spray, the silhouetted rocks and the fishing boat were all lined up perfect.  Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good:)

Escaping to Bandon

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We are off to the beach … Bandon By The Sea … where time slows down, salt is in the air, waves are crashing into majestic rocks, and the beach is made for long walks allowing for long conversations with the Creator about what’s heavy on your heart.

The Way of Suffering

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Photo was taken in the Grotto, a Catholic retreat and garden near Portland, Oregon.

“See, my servant will act wisely;

he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

Just as there were many who were appalled at him —

his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man

and his form marred beyond human likeness —

so will he sprinkle many nations,

and kings will shut their mouths because of him.

For what they were not told, they will see,

and what they have not heard, they will understand.”

(Isaiah 52: 13-15)

Splendorous Sky

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Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;

his greatness no one can fathom.

One generation commends your works to another;

they tell of your mighty acts.

They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty;

and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

They tell of the power of your awesome works–

and I will proclaim your great deeds.

They celebrate your abundant goodness

and joyfully sing of your righteousness.     Psalm 145: 3-7