Pursuit of the Picturesque – A Misty Valley

March 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Pursuit of the Picturesque – A Misty Valley | Pursuit of the Picturesque

This photo I can’t take credit for; but that is precisely why I’m posting about it. When I first saw this photograph of a misty valley on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, I was immediately taken with it. I later asked my friend Carl Gray, the photographer, if I could use it as my avatar on Twitter just after joining the site (a little over a year ago). He graciously said yes, and since then it has been a consistent part of my online “brand” not only on Twitter, but on other sites and tools like LinkedIn and Disqus as well. I’ve received compliments and questions about it several times.

I had the immense privilege of visiting Seattle & Tacoma, WA last year for about a week, and I have to say, it was one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been…everywhere one turned, there were landscape photo opportunities, and I loved my stay there for that as well as countless other reasons, from the coffee to the culture. I can’t wait to go back, but in the meantime, Carl makes an excellent Washington tourism promoter with his many wonderful photos of the beautiful state in which he resides. Thank you, Carl, for capturing and sharing the beauty of nature with me and others through your photography!

 


Pursuit of the Picturesque – A Stately Tree

January 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Pursuit of the Picturesque – A Stately Tree | Pursuit of the Picturesque

I love waking up to e-mails that make my heart sing. I love waking up to the wind rustling through the trees and warm breezes gently blowing through my window. I love it when I’m at peace and content in the present and yet still expectant and looking forward to the future. I feel so blessed and grateful for life. – Written/taken in May 2010.

Isn’t this a stately tree? I’ve developed a habit of trying to carry a camera with me often, as I never know when I’ll come across the perfect scene to shoot. On the other hand, on those occasions when I don’t have a camera with me, I always try to remember this quote:

There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera.  And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed.  Don’t be bitter because you can’t record it.  Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!  ~DeGriff

I’m not an expert photographer…yet. But while I enjoy viewing paintings and other forms of crafted art, I especially like photography – perhaps because I know it’s capturing something real.

I’ve followed and friended more photographers than I can count, and what I love is that they all see things a little bit differently, capture scenes from slightly different angles, emphasize different colors and places and subjects. There are classy black and whites, colorful portraits, scenic landscapes…so much variety.

In my Pursuit of the Picturesque posts here on this blog, I hope to contribute in some small way to this collection of beauty and new perspective that photos can bring to life.

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