Baby Blue Eyes

California Native: Baby Blue Eyes

After long hours of portrait retouching this week I realized that I touch up flowers the same way I retouch faces: every little detail. And why not? With the name like Baby Blue Eyes nothing else will suffice.

Picture of Baby Blue Eyes Wildflower

Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park

Badwater

Standing next to the Badwater Basin at 282 ft below sea level, looking out at salt flats spreading as far as the eye can see, I realized that Death Valley is a truly fitting name for this magnificent place. I remember feeling utterly vulnerable and instinctively reaching for my water bottle just a few feet from my car; an incomparable, powerful experience which I am not likely to forget any time soon.

Image of Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park.

Sierra Nevada Flow

Sierra Nevada Series

I decided to go short and sweet.  This one made itself (with a little help).  I found out that the most important part of editing is not what you keep, those images are always visible, but what to take away.  I started with the center image and the rest just fell into place.

Sierra Nevada Flow

Sierra Nevada Range 2

Sierra Nevada Flow Series

Second image ready to go.  I’m finding working on a series is very different than a stand-alone image but it’s coming along and it works with the first image  quite well.

Photograph of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Sierra Nevada Range

Sierra Nevada Flow

My first love in art was literature. It is to the literary works of romantics I read in my
youth that I attribute my fascination with mountains, desert and the ocean. Having grown up in the plains, the connection of these elements to adventure grew in me until they became reality, firmly instilled and part of me to this day.

I guess that is why I love California so much: all the adventure, all in one place and I try my very best not to take it for granted. Here’s my tribute to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountain Range; this image is the first in the series of ….we’ll see.

Photograph of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Lighthouse

Peterhof Lighthouse

I cannot explain my fascination with lighthouses, but the very idea of these elegant structures makes my thoughts trail off in the direction of mystery, adventure and romance. They are, by far, my favorite architectural creation.

This retired Peterhof Lighthouse almost did not fit into its gloomy surrounding; it stood there perfectly content, shielded by the birches, radiating warmth along the cold and uninviting Peterhof shore, having served its time.

Image of Peterhof Lighhouse

Drawbridge

Drawbridge and St. Petersburg, Russia Travel Tip

One of the most remarkable ­­­­things about visiting St. Petersburg was that the city seemed warmest when the sun went down and the lights went on at night. I have only one tip about traveling to this city: Go There!

Well, maybe one more: make sure you’re on your side of the river before the bridges go up – they stay up all night.

River of Lights

 

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