Monthly Archives: December 2014

Rose Bud – Happy New Year

 

Rose Bud

Rose Bud

The bud of a rose symbolizes the beginning of something new and beautiful as it matures into a rose bloom. May the New Year be that rose bud for you!! With a heartfelt thanks to all of you that take the time to look at my blog and follow my photography and art print journey! May your New Year be filled with Joy, Peace and Happiness! Thank you very much – Kirt

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Snow in the Neighborhood – Featured Art Print

Snow in the Neighborhood

Snow in the Neighborhood

The Art Print I wanted to feature this week is called “Snow in the Neighborhood”. I took this shot mid February a couple of years ago of the neighborhood scene of some friends of ours that live in the Minneapolis area. It struck me as so typical for this part of the world this time of year. I love the color of the sky and the barren trees as silhouette features with dusk settling into this neighborhood. I also don’t see the coldness of the snow, I see the warmth of the homes as family and friends gather to celebrate community and friendship. I see them sharing dinners and conversations about their lives, their hopes and dreams.

This is the time of year to take a moment and reflect on the blessings you have been given. Take stock on the year past and the hope of the year ahead. Share your love with those around you and give thanks. Reach out to those hurting and in need to give comfort.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 10-11 (NKJV)

Wishing you Joy and Peace – Merry Christmas!!

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Mushroom Stump – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is a simple color photograph of an old tree stump filled with mushrooms, called “Mushroom Stump” (for obvious reasons). I will be adding this to my Color Photography Gallery.

Mushroom Stump

Mushroom Stump

When I was in Seattle in late September, my daughter, her boyfriend and I did a hike up Cougar Mountain in Issaquah, Washington. We were hiking up to a location that was a decommissioned anti-aircraft installation. It’s a great hike through some very dense woods and is an elevation climb of just over 1000 feet. Along the way, we spotted this interesting marriage of mushrooms and a rotting tree stump just off the path. I took a series of shots from a variety of angles and settled on this one to publish on my gallery website. I love the lighting and detail of the mushrooms as they seemingly climb up the old tree stump. Thoughts?

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Winery – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

As we go into another weekend of holiday madness, whether it be shopping or decorating or social engagements, this time of year takes on a frenzy all its own. My goal with this post is to take you on a side trip to slow the pace down and relax. I did this photo shoot last year and frankly haven’t figured out what to do with these shots until now. This is just a fun set of shots with a holiday focus.

We are going to a winery – Chateau Ste Michelle to be exact. They are located in Woodinville, Washington just to the east of Seattle.

 

Winery 1

Winery 1

I had discovered their wine a couple of years ago when I was hosting my employees for a Holiday Party. I didn’t realize at the time that they were located in the Seattle area, nor did I know at that time I would also be located in the Seattle area…funny how it works!

We had all of our girls and their better halves together during the Holiday Season last year when we were living up in the Seattle area (we lived in San Diego for 24 years so it is “up” for me). One of them remembered I loved this wine and that the winery was located up there…I had totally forgotten about it. As a group, we decided to go wine tasting.

 

Winery 2

Winery 2

The winery definitely has the “Chateau” look.

Winery 3

Winery 3

The tasting room is adjoined to the gift shop…funny how that works….and I was really impressed with the talent of whoever arranged the holiday fare….

Winery 4

Winery 4

Winery 5

Winery 5

Winery 6

Winery 6

Winery 7

Winery 7

Winery 8

Winery 8

 

See…simple post, nothing mind blowing…just fun! I think it’s time for a glass of wine….Thoughts?

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A Letter To My Children

I have been following Constance blog for awhile…she is an incredible photographer and I admire her art! This particular blog grabbed my attention as I also have three girls (mid 20’s up to early 30’s) and I couldn’t have said what she said to her girls any better to my own. They grow up fast, but every age is a joy and fascination to watch! Unconditional love says it all!!

Things To Talk About

Jaida & Autumn Jaida & Autumn

Halea Halea

I love you, all thee of you girls. When I felt I had no place in this world , one by one you girls came along and filled my world with happiness and worth. You make me see, realize, and understand what true,unconditional love is. You girls make waking up everyone morning and facing this cruel world worth while. You brighten my world and make it incredible and I feel sorry for the people who will not allow themselves to feel happiness and let it in their life ,especially those who have kids. you bring something new, amazing, and exciting into my life everyday. When I feel I am at my worse, and it is time for me to give up, I look at your faces , the artwork you bring me from school ,and how- it is to me- a masterpiece that not even Van…

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Peach Rose – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is a simple color photograph of a rose. I call it “Peach Rose’ as it reminds me of the coloring of a large fresh peach. I will be adding this to my Color Photography Gallery.

Maybe it seems a little weird that I’m showcasing a rose bloom early in December, but it is a recent photograph I thought turned out beautifully. I took this shot during the Thanksgiving weekend while we were staying in Los Angeles. The home we were staying in has numerous flower gardens around the property and I couldn’t resist some macro shots.

What drew me into this bloom was the lighting and coloring. The sun was shining on the rose bloom from an angle and the lighting behind the bloom was subdued with subtle shadows. The color reminded me of the large peaches we use to grow when we lived in Denver. We had an incredible peach tree just off the back deck and the coloring on those peaches as they ripened was similar to this bloom.

“Peach Rose” is a celebration of simplicity, color and nature’s beauty. Thoughts?

 

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Malibu Cafe – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

This photo shoot was totally unplanned and I wanted to share excerpts from it to see if I accomplished what I set out to do when I did the shoot. Confused? That’s ok, let me back up a bit and set the stage. We spent Thanksgiving last week in Los Angeles with family and friends. On Friday a group of us ended up in the Malibu area around lunchtime. Looking for a restaurant that was dog friendly led us to the Malibu Café. It’s located up in the hills above Malibu and is on a ranch. Four generations of family have been running this restaurant at Calamigos Ranch in a cowboy lifestyle. The dining experience is wrapped in Rustic California Heritage. So what does this mean, you ask? Now we are back to what I set out to accomplish. What I wanted to do was to be able to parlay this dining experience visually, so I could share the same amazement and awe we felt being there. I have attached 8 shots of the Malibu Café.

You enter from one of the canyon roads and wind around hills full of trees and grassy fields…it is very rustic. Pulling up to the restaurant, (no building just yet) you are greeted with valet parking and then sent down a path to register your party for lunch. From here you walk further down the path where it opens into a large grassy area with tons of people mingling around playing yard games or seated and dining.

Malibu Cafe 1

Malibu Cafe 1

This first shot shows the center of the grassy area with seating and fireplaces.

Malibu Cafe 2

Malibu Cafe 2

The second shot shows part of the grassy/dirt (there is drought conditions in California) area where you can see a yard chess set in the distance.

Malibu Cafe 3

Malibu Cafe 3

Shot number three gives you a feel for the trees lining the grassy area. Those are tables along the wooden rail fence. Are you getting the western theme?

Malibu Cafe 4

Malibu Cafe 4

The fourth picture is a little more sophisticated seating area on the other side of the central area from the last shot. I love the upside down umbrellas and the color. A departure from western, but part of the eclectic look.

Malibu Cafe 5

Malibu Cafe 5

Number 5 takes you across a bridge from the main area over to a small island in a large pond.

Malibu Cafe 6

Malibu Cafe 6

Number 6 is a dock to sit and relax on….

Malibu Cafe 7

Malibu Cafe 7

Number 7 is two chairs where you can ponder the pond or enjoy number 8.

Malibu Cafe 8

Malibu Cafe 8

So here’s my question…did this series of photos tell the story enough for you to get a feel for this unique dining experience? Thoughts?

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