Spring Magnolias

Can I say… “Spring is here!”

Well, perhaps not in your neck of the woods? But it’s hit with an abundance in Portland, Oregon. The Daffodils have almost run their course, the Crocuses, are dying off now, and this week, I went for a walk in Laurelhurst Park and found my first Magnolia tree in blossom for the season. I remember growing up and my Mom always saying the Magnolia was one of her favorite trees and flowers. She also liked Roses and Peonys. In this post I present a couple images I found on that walk, and the third image is actually of a Star Magnolia blossom, otherwise know as a Japanese Magnolia. The scent these flowers give off is simply magnificent.

It was only a few weeks ago when pretty much all of Portland was coated in ice and snow, as can be indicated from these icy images from a post I made a few weeks ago. One of the images included in that post features an iced over branch and Magnolia buds. I think it’s pretty fascinating to see these beautiful Magnolia flower emerge from it’s icy history.

Now that Spring is here, you’ll probably see a lot of flower pictures here on the Emerald Studio Photo blog. I hope you like it? Let me know if you don’t. Please share this post with your friends and contacts. Likes and Comments are always appreciated.

Peace

~V

Tracking the Sunrise, Pt. 5

Well, I have to say I was immensely surprise this morning. It was the first morning in about two weeks that Portland, Oregon has seen a completely clear sky at sunrise. I headed up to Rocky Butte to see if I could cap off my Tracking the Sunrise series, and the surprise came when I saw the Sun peer over the horizon at sunrise, to see that is was so far North of Mount Hood. It has only been a couple weeks, when we last saw the Sun rising just South of Mount Hood, as seen from Rocky Butte. You can see for yourself in the images of this post and what we saw in Tracking the Sunrise, Pt. 3 with images from Feb 23. It’s only been 2 1/2 weeks, the Sun sure did travel fast?

Anyway, enjoy this final post of the Tracking the Sunrise series. I’ll more than likely still post Sunrise images, but the next installment of the Tracking the Sunrise series probably won’t appear until next October, when the sun travels back South and again starts to approach Mount Hood.

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Peace

~V

Blurred Robins

During last month’s Winter Snow Storm here in Portland, I just had to get out and find some images that might be interested. With nearly 10″ of snow on the ground I ventured out over to Laurelhurst Park to see what awaits. I found several images that ended up being pretty cool, but perhaps the most intriguing came when I was ready to leave the park. I walked by a part of the park where there are several Magnolia trees, and an occasional Holly bush. Since the ground was frozen and they couldn’t dig up worms, the Robins were raiding the Holly berries for their morning meal. Robin’s seem to be fairly skittish birds, at least they were on this particular morning. They were moving about at a very high rate. Perhaps because of me, but I think probably more because it was so cold out? They were hopping all over these Holly bushes, moving around. By the time I got my camera pointed at them, they had already moved on to another part of the bush, or a different tree altogether. That’s why these are so blurry, a combination of the birds moving around fast, and me moving my camera as they would take off. But I think these are some pretty interesting images anyway? If not out of the ordinary?

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Peace

~V

Tracking the Sunrise, Pt. 4

Okay, well, we got a couple days last week where we almost could see the sunrise. The first day, while it was clear out above, on the horizon, and particularly looking out East toward Mount Hood, the clouds were ever present. It made for some interesting images. While they do not necessarily fit here with this Tracking the Sunrise series, they could end up in the Emerald Studio Photo blog at some point in the future.

Today’s post features some images created on February 26, 2014. While with these images we can’t tell exactly where the sun is rising on the horizon in relation to Mount Hood, these might be some pretty cool images anyway? I like them anyhow.

I hope you like them too? Leave a comment, or simply like below. You can also rate this post by voting above. I hope you enjoy these images. PLEASE SHARE! I would love to see new followers, so recommend this blog to your friends. As always, your comments and likes are always appreciate.

Peace

~V

Ice, Ice, Baby!

I have that old Vanilla Ice song stuck in my head this morning.

It reminded me of the images in today’s post. I found these images a couple weeks ago while Portland was covered in a rare 10″ blanket of snow. I was brought up in Kansas, where, once it snows, the snow stays on the ground for months. It stays cold, and life just adjusts to the white horizon. I’m always amazed here in Portland, when we get one of these rare snow storms, it’s only cold a just a few days. Then it warms up, and the snow is literally gone within a couple days. I’m not a big fan of the snow… actually, it’s the cold I don’t like. I’ve always said, “if it could snow at 80 degrees, I’d be in heaven.” The bitter cold and I just don’t get along. I’m always thankful that the cold here in Portland sticks around for only a matter of a few days.

It was fun trying to capture these images. I put my camera on multiple shot setting (I can’t believe I don’t remember what that’s called right now?) and probably grabbed nearly 200 images, just so I could capture the water dropping from the ice. Most of the images I deleted simply because I’ll probably never do anything with them. But I also wanted a cool abstract background. I hope that’s what I got here?

I hope you enjoy these images. PLEASE SHARE! I would love to see new followers, so recommend this blog to your friends. As always, your comments and likes are always appreciate.

Peace

~V

The Moon and Venus

Vince Ferguson - Moon and Venus-02262014 - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Moon and Venus-02262014 – Digital Image

“A beauty that all night long teaches love-tricks to Venus and the moon,
Whose two eyes by their witchery seal up the two eyes of heaven.
Look to your hearts! I, whate’er betide, O Moslems,
Am so mingled with him that no heart is mingled with me.
I was born of his love at the first, I gave him my heart at the last;
When the fruit springs from the bough, on that bough it hangs.
The tip of his curl is saying, “Ho! betake you to rope-dancing.”
The cheek of his candle is saying, “Where is a moth that it may burn?”
For the sake of dancing on that rope, O heart, make haste, become a hoop;
Cast yourself on the flame, when his candle is lit.
You will never more endure without the flame, when you have known the rapture of burning;
If the water of life should come to you, it would not stir you from the flame.”

Medieval Sourcebook:
Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273):
Poems from the Divan-I Shams-I Tabriz, c. 1270 CE

Source: Reynold A. Nicholson, ed., Selected Poems from the Divani Shamsi Tabriz, (London: Cambridge University Press, 1898), pp. 15-17, 81-85, 95-97, 121-131; reprinted without alteration in reprinted without alteration in The Islamic World, William H. McNeil & Marilyn Robinson Waldman, eds., (New York: Oxford University Press, 1973), pp. 241-247

Tracking the Sunrise, Pt 3

Vince Ferguson - Mount Hood Sunrise Panoramic - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Mount Hood Sunrise Panoramic – Digital Image

I’m not a huge fan of these images. I guess I was just off, in regards to exposure settings, this day. Well, some are salvageable, and I want to present some of those in today’s posst. These are part of my Tracking the Sunrise series. Yes, the clouds cleared somewhat for a couple days, giving us an opportunity to see where the sun is rising in regards the Mount Hood’s location, as seen from Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon. The first day (Saturday), while it was clear out, Mount Hood itself was covered in clouds. Combine that with the clouds off on the horizon, I couldn’t see where the sun was rising exactly. I found some cool pictures, but not good enough to show just yet. The images in this post were created on Sunday, Jan. 23. As you can tell, the sun is now rising just South of the Mount Hood pinnacle. You may get a better idea from the last two images in this post? This was all I could get and probably what I’ll get, now, the clouds have returned and there are currently no clear mornings in the forecast. I’ll be up at Rocky Butte on the next clear morning to see where the sun rises on the horizon. Until then, enjoy these for now.

I hope you like? Be honest, I love constructive criticism. If you have any suggestions for making these images better, by all means, leave a comment or two. Or, if you just love these images, give this post a like, better yet… share with your friends.

Peace

~V

Something to Crow About!

I just wanted to share these pretty cool images. I found them one morning while up at Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon. I was there to photograph the sunrise, so in addition to some cool sunrise images, I think I got lucky with these images too? What do you think? Leave a comment or like this post, please share with your friends!

Peace

~V

Blurry Portland Morning

Vince Ferguson - Hawthorne Bridge, Portland, Oregon - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Hawthorne Bridge, Portland, Oregon – Digital Image

Here’s a bonus image I wanted to share with everyone. I normally don’t post on Saturdays, but this morning I felt compelled to share.

I found this image last month on an early morning photo session down on the waterfront. I’ve been working on this image ever since and think I’ve found a decent version. The image wasn’t perfect to start with, if was mainly just out of focus. But I like the composition, so decided to work with the image to see what kind of post shot editing I could incorporate. I think the blurriness of the image works. It’s kind of dark, and the fog adds more mystery to the image. The lighting very much contrasting with reality and the darkness in the image at the same time.

What do you think? Rate this post above, or like/comment below.

Peace

~V

Oregon Coast Cliff Abstracts

These images of Cliffs from the Coast of Oregon, aren’t as good as some of the cliff abstract images I’ve seen out there, but I think they are pretty okay. I found these images last Fall, when I was working an assignment on the coast. I decided to take my time getting home to see what kind of beach or coast images I might be able to find. I found this beach near the Oswald West State Park on the North coast of Oregon. My objective on this trip was actually to try and find some bleak horizon images. And I found some, just haven’t posted those to this blog yet. But I recently re-found these images and figured maybe now is the time to share them.

I hope you like? Either vote above, or like/comment below. Thanks for stopping by this week.

Peace

~V

Sun Peers over the Horizon

Well, after an unusually dry winter start, then a freak snow storm, it appears a normal Winter may have settled in for the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, the gray mornings of late, may have interfered with my ability to complete my Tracking the Sunrise series. I want to remain optimistic though and hope that perhaps maybe one day between now and the end of February will present a clear morning for some beautiful sunrise images.

In the meantime, enjoy these images from the past. These were created in 2012 at various points in the year. Images of the sun just peering over the horizon, or just before it appears over the horizon. I really like how the colors play such an important part in the overall look of these images.

I hope you like too? Vote above, or like/comment below. Thanks for stopping by today.

Peace

~V

Tracking the Sunrise, Part 2

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Here’s the second installment in my Tracking the Sunrise series. As mentioned in Tracking the Sunrise, Part 1, I want to attempt to get up to Rocky Butte in Portland, OR and create images of the Sunrise in relation to Mount Hood as the Sun tracks to the North. Currently, the sun is rising South of Mount Hood, as seen from Portland, Oregon. I estimate the sun will rise directly behind Mount Hood some where around Feb. 28th.

I created these images on the VERY cold morning of Feb. 5th, 2014. It was a blistering 20 degrees and I almost gave up. But I knew I wouldn’t get a chance at seeing the Sunrise for a good couple weeks, so I stuck it out. By the time the sun appeared over the horizon, I was ready to leave. I snapped my camera about 10 times, and surprisingly, give my fingers were nearly frost bitten, I took some fairly decent images. As seen in the slideshow presented here. The next day on Feb. 6, Portland received around 5 inches of snow. And it looks like we’re not going to see the sun for at least a week and a half. So, hopefully, I’ll get to finish this project?

In the meantime enjoy this slideshow of the Sun rising just South of Mount Hood on Feb. 5th. Like this post? Rate the post by voting above, or Like/Comment below.

Peace

~V

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