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Official First Day of Fall

Fall has always been my favorite season and with today marking the official first day, I thought I would honor it with a very “Fall” picture.

I took this shot a few years ago in Issaquah, Washington. I was doing a photoshoot of the fall colors as the trees were at their peak in and around this area. The fall foliage irony here is that the foothills and mountains in this area are covered in evergreen trees, so they are very green all year regardless of the season. The only fall colors are all of the deciduous trees that have been planted throughout the years in the towns and cities. That’s not to say that there isn’t spectacular fall foliage, it’s just not in the surrounding mountains, only in the established cities. Be that as it may, the amount of trees turning vidid yellows and red are everywhere throughout the metropolitan area of Seattle.

I was done with my photoshoot, when I drove by this scene. Believe it or not, this wasn’t in a large park or along a hiking trail. This setting was literally along a major boulevard in Issaquah that had a nice pedestrian walkway winding along the boulevard with trees, grass and occasional areas to sit.  I caught it out of the corner of my eye and thought about it as I continued to drive on down the road. A little voice had me turn around, find parking at a nearby shopping center and walk back to this bench to capture this shot.

Thoughts?

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Snohomish Riverfront Trail – Photo Shoot

I’ve attached four photos I took from a short hike I took on the Riverfront Trail in Snohomish, Washington (Snohomish…the town of…sits just north of the Seattle metropolitan area in Snohomish County).

I took a long flight of stairs down to the walk from the Historic Downtown District with features a number of antique shops, great restaurants and bars in old historic buildings along 1st Street. The Snohomish River was running high after a number of days of rain which had been especially heavy in the Cascade Mountain Range where the river originates. The river winds itself through the county and town on it’s journey west meeting the Possession Sound by Everett, Washington.

The skies cleared with sunshine providing great light on fall foliage along the walkway.

Loved the look of the bridge from the trail…..

The Riverfront Trail Below Downtown

The retaining wall on the right has engraved plaques of the town history along with a line that marks the high point of the river crest during a flood a number of years back.

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Splashes of Color – Pacific Northwest Part Two

As a follow-up to last weeks post of fall colors from the Pacific Northwest, I have attached six shots I took last weekend while we were there. We had a great weekend and from a weather perspective we thought it was perfect (which to us is light rain most of the weekend). That may sound strange, but we haven’t seen rain since early August when our community in Goodyear, Arizona was impacted by a very strong monsoon thunderstorm and now that we are back in Southern California, no rain in sight. So, for us…we loved it…not to mention the time spent with two of or daughters and their husbands…perfect!

During a break in a light drizzle with sun trying to peek out, I went for a hike to capture the attached….

Pacific Northwest Color 1

Pacific Northwest Color 2

Pacific Northwest Color 3

Pacific Northwest Color 4

Pacific Northwest Color 5

Pacific Northwest Color 6

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Fall Colors – Pacific Northwest

With this weeks post, I wanted to share some fall colors from the Seattle area since these colors aren’t prominent in Southern California and because we are currently up in the Seattle area for a quick weekend…..hope to get more shots!!

Love the picnic table under the tree by the tracks. It adds a point of interest in an otherwise very linear capture with the trees and tracks lined up parallel to each other.

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Autumn Foliage – Issaquah, Washington – Part Two

Part Two of Autumn Foliage…..

The Tracks

Orange Trees

Yellow Trees

More autumn colors from Issaquah, Washington. Issaquah is nestled against the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is an eastern suburb of Seattle. Enjoy! Thoughts?

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Autumn Foliage – Issaquah, Washington – Part One

Some of the fall beauty in Issaquah, Washington this time of year….

Issaquah is nestled up against the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and is an eastern suburb of Seattle. Part Two next week as we enjoy autumn brilliance. Thoughts?

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Autumn Colors – Featured Art Print

 

 

Autumn Colors: a wall art print where I used an impasto oil technique creating this scene. This technique uses bold brush strokes and bright color tones creating a traditional oil painting look. This particular wall art print depicts trees in a park at their peak of fall colors.

The setting is Issaquah, Washington located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range to the east of Seattle. Once a small stop along the rail line between Seattle to the west and North Bend in the Cascade Mountains to the east, this town has become a thriving and vibrant suburb within the metropolitan area of Seattle. Thoughts?


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Celebration of Fall Colors – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

My favorite time of year is fall. I love autumn colors as they paint the landscape with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. In celebration of this time of year, I have attached five color photographs I have just added to my Color Photography One Gallery. These shots were from a photo shoot I did in Issaquah, Washington.

The first capture shows the Issaquah Train Station (now a museum). I like the perspective of the capture looking down the train tracks with the station and fall colors framing the composition.

The second shot is looking down a sidewalk along one of the main thoroughfares. I like the look of the sidewalk meandering beneath the bright reds and yellows of the fall foliage.

The third picture is another sidewalk shot along the same thoroughfare. In this capture, the bright yellow foliage forms a brilliant canopy over the sidewalk.

This fourth shot, highlights bright orange leaves.

And then the fifth shot shows the mix of colors found in the woods that surround the town.

The display of color is stunning in this town nestled in the foothills of the Cascades just east of Seattle.…thoughts?

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Railroad Tracks and The House – Featured Art Print

As promised last week, here is the sister print to “Picnic Table by the Tracks”. This art print is titled: “ Railroad Tracks and The House” and both are from my Landscape Oil Gallery.

This print is also done using an impasto oil technique. As with last weeks, this style uses large brush strokes and bright, bold colors. Both elements seem appropriate for this print to make the setting really pop with color and texture. The setting is the same row of trees as in last weeks picture, but the angle has changed and so has the subject matter of the print. The color of the turning leaves grabs your eye with the vibrant oranges and yellows. The railroad tracks are still a central theme, but in this view, we see them run parallel to the row of trees very close to a house. In this perspective you see the tracks go way off into the distance creating that depth I like. I love fall colors and I love a picture that pulls me in. The questions arise from looking at this scene. Where does the track go? Why is it so close to a house? Who would live in a house with a railroad track that close?

Some answers to the questions these prints bring up:

  1. The tracks are abandoned and lead to historic downtown Issaquah and what is now a Train Depot Museum, but what was once a passenger and freight depot serving this area. This was one of many stops between downtown Seattle and the mountain towns in the Cascade Range just to the east of Issaquah. The train service and tracks date back to 1889 and were used up until the 1940’s. Today the depot is listed in the National Register of historic places.
  2. The house doesn’t look like it dates back that far, maybe the 40’s or 50’s and may have been built after the tracks were abandoned; I’m really not sure. The house is currently used as the home of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the picnic table from last weeks art print is in the back yard of the Chamber of Commerce. I would assume employees use it during nice weather.

So, the mystery of the tracks themselves is solved. The house and closeness to the tracks still remains a mystery to me, but the tracks as you can tell follow a straight line and parallel an existing road. I felt very lucky the day I did the original photo-shoot that started this process, to not only get the fall leaves near their peak, but to capture some interesting elements into a couple of art prints. Thoughts?

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Picnic Table by the Tracks – Featured Art Print

I wanted to finish the week by embracing and celebrating fall. Fall is my favorite season for a variety of reason. The weather change is an obvious, but more importantly the explosion of color as the leaves turn colors. In honor of that I am featuring the attached art print “Picnic Table by the Tracks” from my Landscape Oil Gallery.

The print is done using an impasto oil technique. This style uses large brush strokes and bright, bold colors. Both elements seem appropriate for this print to make the setting really pop with color and texture. What I like about this particular scene is the picnic table nestled in the background on the other side of the railroad tracks. The most dominating feature in this print is the row of brightly colored trees. The one in the front is just turning, but the rest in the row behind it are at their peak of bright yellow and have been losing leaves that are now covering the ground. The mix of the colors in the leaves creates depth to the fall foliage. The other prominent feature in the setting is the set of railroad tracks running parallel with the trees. It’s then, that you see the lonely picnic table sitting under a tree by the tracks. You have to ask yourself what is that all about?

If an art print can make you pause and look deeper into it, whether it is the colors, texture or subject matter, then the artist has succeeded. I know the story behind this setting, yet I still find myself drawn into the picture. I have another print with these infamous tracks that I will share next week and the puzzle about the tracks gets even more interesting with that one. Thoughts?

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