These images were taken in the area of the Colusa Wildlife Refuge, part of a wide complex of refuges north of Sacramento, CA, in late January of this year. In addition to the huge number of geese, ducks and other waterfowl attracted to the area at this time of year, it is also the setting for a large variety of grasses growing in the ponds.
I was drawn to the patterns made by their reflections which create unusual graphic patterns, almost resembling hieroglyphics. Have also included a motion image taken of an orchard on the way home.
I was pleasantly surprised Tuesday morning to see that one of my images was used to illustrate the upcoming theme "The Garden" for Still Points Art Quarterly, in which I’ve had work published over the past couple of years.
Three of my images were accepted for "Nature’s Texture". This image was taken at Butchart Gardens.
I have wanted to photograph in the Taos and Santa Fe area of New Mexico for a long time, since visiting there briefly some years ago. Recently I spent five days there experiencing and photographing southwest scenes, some of which I knew about beforehand and sought out, such as the Taos Pueblo and San Francisco de Asis Church, and others I researched or came upon.
These images were taken last Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I took some 'straight-on' images but mostly I concentrated on achieving an 'impressionistic look' of the scene. This was often done using multiple exposure or camera motion, i.e. taking up to ten images of the same scene while moving the camera very slightly between shots. Or by actually moving the camera slowly while taking one shot. There are various ways to achieve these 'looks'.
I recently returned to some places in the Napa Valley where I knew they had vines growing on their walls. I was hoping for a 'Spanish' look in the buildings and attractive vines. Having finally located one spot, I spent time concentrating on photographing 'arrangements' of the vines. One can get lost in the moment, searching for compositions that are pleasing to one's eye but also have 'tension'.
Three of us went to Oakland to photograph a ‘community wall’, mesmerized by its layers of paper, paint, cardboard and other materials, and the effects of weather and time. The following year I went back again, adding to my collection of these images of patterns, textures, shapes and lines, all rendered unique by their arrangement and the elements.