It has been an unusually wet winter and spring here in the Pacific Northwest. We moved up here (per my earlier blogs) in March. It was the middle of March when we received our furniture via the moving van and we have been settling in ever since (that’s short for painting every room, updating all three bathrooms, furniture shopping, donating furniture we shipped but aren’t using, new appliances….that kind of stuff).
Having said all that, I have been itching to get back to hiking, but with the wet weather I’ve acquiesced to waiting and the above items have kept me busy. With summer coming and the rains easing up, I’m ready to get back out there!! I’ve attached four captures from hikes I have done up here in the past to get me back to it!!
I wanted to share some prints I created of rose buds. Roses are so beautiful as they go from a colorful bud to a full bloom. This is the time of year we start to see them spring forth in a number of flower gardens.
The delicate beauty of a new bud starting to open.
As they continue to open……
and widen the bloom, their beauty only grows with.
I periodically go through my files of pictures I have taken over the years to surface anything I have missed or if something grabs my attention now that didn’t at the time I took it. In that process I re-discovered a number of captures from a trip to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon we took in 2020. The attached photos had been surfaced by me and I had started to crop the original shots, but didn’t finish the process. With all of the trips we have taken between Southern California and the Seattle area over the years, most were flights due to time constraints. Having said that we would do road trips periodically up and down the west coast to see new sites, etc. At that time we were not comfortable flying due to Covid and realized we hadn’t visited Crater Lake National Park, so made that a stop along with some other points in eastern Oregon. For overall information on this National Park click: here!
Crater Lake is a collapsed volcano that has filled with water. Known for its deep blue waters, it is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the top ten in depth across the world.
The first capture gives you a feel for the beauty of the lake with what is called Wizard Island in the background.
This next shot is from the other side of the lake from the first shot by Wizard Island. It gives you a closer look at the island and also shows you just how large the lake filled crater is.
The third and fourth captures depict a different structure in the lake called Phantom Ship due to the shape of the small island. I like both the horizontal shot and the vertical one…same subject just different framing.
From floral the last two weeks to architecture this week…
I have always had an appreciation of architecture having taken a number of classes related to it during my school years. Fast forward to today and I have been able to use a sketching technique that highlights the intricacies of good architecture and even street scenes that celebrate the architecture that lines them. In my opinion detail sketching is one of the best ways to display the beauty and intricacies of classic architecture. On that vein, I have attached four art prints that highlight two buildings and two street scenes in Boston!