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Random Images – Seattle

Here are some random images from a visit up to Seattle a while ago.

Of course every photographer that visits Seattle has to find the obligatory image of the Public Market sign. I found it easily enough, and since everyone does eventually find this sign and takes a picture of it, I tried not to. I really did try not to get a image, but I ended up taking one regardless. It’s so present and kind of in a cool spot, I couldn’t resist.

I’d like to know more about the statue of the guy with the lamp, but couldn’t find anything out online about it? Even though in this image I have him standing upright, it’s mounted sideways on a wall, in a staircase at the Pike Place Market, very unusual. If you know anything about this statue please leave a comment.

And then one thing great about Seattle is the fish. Oh man, do they have a lot of fish. Speaking of obligatory images, there’s also the image of the guys at the market throwing the fish back and forth for the enjoyment of the market patrons. I tried to get a good image, but it didn’t work out this time. It happens so fast, next time I visit, I’ll try again. In the mean time, enjoy these image and please share with your friends.

Peace

~V

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More Camas Forest

Just wanted to share some more images from my memorable walk through a Camas Pasture earlier this week. In case you missed my post from yesterday, you can check it out here – Cornucopia of Camas.

Included in this post are just a couple more images from that session at Bush Pasture Park in Salem, OR.

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Peace

~V

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Cornucopia of Camas

So, I was stuck in Salem, OR again the other day and fortunately I took my camera, because if I’d have come across what I did that day in Salem, and not had my camera, I would have never forgiven myself.

I visited the Bush House in Salem a few years ago with a friend. It’s a beautiful place with not only an awesome official Rose Garden, but several other flower gardens scattered throughout the grounds. I remembered the spot and decided to re-visit. I walked around the grounds of the house seeing what flowers were blooming. Unfortunately, the roses weren’t ready yet, but many, many other flowers were making their presence known. You’ll get to see some of these flowers in upcoming posts. I couldn’t wait to show you the lovely Camas Flower.

What I didn’t do a few years back was explore the park more where the Bush House is located. What a huge park! It includes the athletic stadium for Willamette University, and offers up several other sports fields as well. Along with a fairly huge forest, both evergreen and deciduous trees, with paths for running and walking. I never knew this park was so big.

On this particular day I came across a beautiful Oak Grove. At the base of these mighty Oak Trees was a field of purple and yellow flowers. I can only hope that I captured what I saw in it’s full beauty with these images? What a site to see! At the time I’d only read about the Camas Flower in some of my readings on the local native inhabitants. It’s native to the Pacific Northwest and use to be a main staple of food for the local folks. But then was nearly run extinct after conversion of these fields to farmland. It appears Camas Pastures pretty much littered the Willamette Valley 200 years ago? Check out this great article about it on WillametteLive.com.

Wow! I actually got to see some Camas Flowers. Millions of them too! It’s estimated that there are 2 million of these flowers in this particular field at Bush Pasture Park. One of only three known pastures left in Oregon. To be honest I didn’t know what the flower was when I came across this field. But did a little research online when I got home and found the article above.

I can only hope I captured what it was really like with these images? Please share this post with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

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Mount Hood from Catherine Creek

The tallest mountain peak in Oregon is Mount Hood. This Guardian of the Columbia towers over the Columbia River Gorge as if protecting, and can be seen for many miles in every direction.

I visit Catherine Creek 2 – 3 times a year. I need to visit more often, and hopefully this year I can meet my rhetorical goal of once a month? Many times over the last few year, I’ve visited only to find clouds interfering with the view of Mount Hood. This time that definitely wasn’t the case. Interestingly too, it wasn’t windy. Usually on the drive through the Columbia Gorge, we see windsurfers and kiteboarders all over the place. On Sunday, Mar 23, 2014, them and the wind were eerily missing. I found some very spectacular landscape, as presented in this post. Plus, the Wildflower season has started, with a spectacular showing of Purple Grass Widows. Come back to visit on Friday this week, to check out those great images.

For more great images of Catherine Creek, check out these previous posts – Morning at Catherine Creek and Autumn in Catherine Creek.

Thanks for stopping by today! Please share this post with your friends and contacts. Help me build an audience here. I appreciate the support.

Peace

~V

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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

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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

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Oregon Coast

These two images show a good comparison between two of the many moods of the Oregon Coast. They were both taken on the same day, within 30 minutes of each other. Each showing two very different moods. In fact, the second image, with all the gray clouds, is an image taken, facing South. The first image was taken South of the second image, about 30 minutes prior. One would think there would be more blue.

Anyway, I hope you like this week’s post? Vote in the poll above, or comment below. Likes are always welcome. Next week, I think I’ll post every day, yes, even on Thanksgiving Day, some very beautiful images from photo session held earlier this week.

Peace

~V

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Oregon Coast Beach Landscapes

The Oregon Coast is truly beautiful in it’s own right. There are spots on the coast that are more spectacular than the rest. Each part offering different perspectives on exactly what beauty is. One such place is Oswald West State Park. South of Cannon Beach and North of the Nehalem Bay. It’s most definitely a place you’ll want to stop to check out on your own drive up the coast. Here are just a few images that I was able to capture while on a recent visit.

Remember to join me every Tuesday I feature an artist whose work I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph. If you’d like to be a Featured Artist here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I will typically feature a photo essay of images created by other photographers that I’ve come across online somewhere and enjoyed.

These images in today’s post are available in print form on a wide variety of items, including coffee mugs, t-shirts, mousepads and various other items. View the images, and many more in my awesome 2013 Summer Flowers collection at my SmugMug Portfolio page.

More images to see, and prints available for purchase, by visiting my ViewBug profile.

And, as always, you can find me on Facebook.

Peace

~V

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Rings

Rings – The symbol for Eternity.

It’s an unbroken circle moving around and around for all eternity.

Wearing rings on different fingers have different meanings. Rings on the Index Finger of the dominant hand represents a desire to have power. On the non-dominant hand, a desire to surrender power.

For those with magic, rings worn on certain fingers can allude to specific powers the wearer might have.

The wearing of a ring can symbolize wholeness or completeness.

What about for those who do not wear rings?

Peace

~V

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Mesmorizing Michal (pronounced Mee How)

Vince Ferguson - Mesmerizing Michal, Digital Photograph
Vince Ferguson – Mesmerizing Michal, Digital Photograph

This image was created fairly randomly, I told my friend Michal (pronounced Mee How) to stand in front of this Sally Cohen painting hanging on my wall. He stood there, I took the picture and this is what we got. I find it very  mesmorizing.

Peace

~V

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Summertime Flowers, pt. 1

In case you haven’t noticed, I really enjoy creating digital images of various flowers along my walks around town and such. I might even be good at it also? It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted some floral images so I figure better get some out. Here are some images of flower I’ve walked by and caused me to stop and pause for a little while.

Three images here are Bachelor Buttons on either side, and a beautiful macro of a maroon Lily in the middle.

The first three images I just learned are called Bachelor Buttons. They were growing in a vacant field, slated to become townhouses in the very near future, close to where I live. I’d ride my bike by a couple times and saw the beautiful flowers  growing and made a mental note to come back and take some pictures. Well, I forgot about the field for a couple weeks, until the next time I rode my bike past. I saw the flowers again, you really can’t help but notice them, so I stopped this time cause I figured I wouldn’t ever go back. Here are some of the images I got that day. There were lot’s of different colored poppies too, you’ll get a chance to see some of those images soon. So, be on the lookout for those in the coming weeks here at the Emerald Studio Photo Blog.

I’m also including a couple images of lilies that I’ve passed by one my walks around town. There’s one macro image of a maroon lily and another of this beautiful yellow and white lily both growing in a sidewalk garden. I couldn’t help but notice these beautiful flowers and think when I passed by them they were at their peak for creating digital images. I really hope I caught the natural beauty of these flowers? Let me know what you think, leave a comment below, or rate this post above. As always, thanks for your  visit to this blog.

You can buy selected images seen on this blog by visiting The Untapped Source link to the right.

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Peace

~V

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Wheel Keeps Turning

The Rose Festival has been happening annually in Portland, OR for over 100 years. It’s a two week celebration of a flower that has probably made Portland famous. Complete with the Starlight Parade to start things off and the Grand Floral Parade to wrap things up. There are a lot of other events that happen throughout the city to celebrate this beautiful flower in connection with celebrating this flower including CityFair on the Tom McCall Waterfront Park along The Willamette river. The festival runs for approximately two weeks and CityFair presents a great opportunity for any photographer to develop their city skyline photo abilities.

This year, I missed a large part of the festival due to other commitments. I wasn’t even able to get down there to take pictures until the very end. Even at that, I came across a nephew who visited Portland at the last minute. I wanted to see him, but I also wanted to get at least a few images of the festival on the Waterfront. He was kind enough to accomodate my wanting to see him and take pictures.

We got to walk along the Waterfront and the Eastbank Esplanade so we can catch up while I was out creating images. Thanks to my nephew Joe for visiting, and all my nephew’s for serving in the US Coast Guard. I really appreciate the important work that you do. And, it was totally great to see you and catch up.

I think I’m going to have two posts with images from the festival. This current one and next week’s post.  I think I got some pretty outstanding images? Including these of the Ferris Wheel in the festival. A great example of creating images of the same thing at different exposure settings.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I had creating them. Let me know which image you like best by voting in the poll under the images.

You can buy selected images seen on this blog by visiting The Untapped Source link to the right.

More images to see, and prints available for purchase, by visiting my ViewBug profile.

And, as always, you can find me on Facebook.

Peace

~V