Posted in Nature, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Salishan, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

Daisies at the Coast

The challenge:

For this week’s challenge, show us something that represents security. It could be your kids happily reading under their favorite throw blanket. It could be a roaring fire chasing away the last of winter’s cold. It could be a worry stone you keep in your pocket or that favorite tee shirt that makes you feel awesome every time you put it on.  Krista ~ The Daily Post

Some time ago, I discovered these daisies along the trail at Salishan, on the Oregon Coast. The security comes in knowing that I will find them – or something like them – waiting for me every time I visit the coast. The Oregon Coast is awesome!

Find other responses to this week’s challenge here: Weekly Photo Challenge: Security.

 

 

Posted in Color, inspiration, Nature, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest, Salishan, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

woodsy-1024x768I loved this little bit of undergrowth alongside the trail to the Salishan Spit. When I find chaotic spots of color and texture like this, it inspires and informs my knitting designs – and makes me happy!

See more chaos here: Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos.

Posted in Oregon Coast, Salishan, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites

The challenge:

This week, make two opposing elements come together (or clash in dissonance) in one photo….show how opposites can tell a story about people, places, or objects.   Ben Huberman ~ The Daily Post

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Here is my entry for this week’s photo challenge. The smooth plane of water is the perfect foil for the highly textured flower, and the colors, nearly opposite, complete the contrast.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites

Posted in Nature, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Pacific Northwest, Photo Challenge, photography, Salishan, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance

Dance

Kelp and the sea – in flawless rhythm.

The Challenge:

There’s rhythm and motion all around us — this week, let’s capture some of it in a photo…

When I let my brain loose, allowing it to absorb what’s around me without trying to process anything in particular, what it often detects is choreography — unmistakable dance moves, often in unexpected places.

~Ben Huberman

Photo Challenge – Dance

 

Posted in design, inspiration, Oregon, photography, Salishan, The Coast, The Creative Process, The Design Process, Wordless Wednesday

Beach. Texture. Love.

If you have followed my blog for long – or read my “about me” page – you know that I LOVE the beach. Part of what draws me to the beach is the endless variety of texture to be found there.  Especially here on the rugged Oregon Coast, the objects to be found on the beach are richly varied, always interesting.  I’m always looking for something unusual, something new, something lovely or striking.

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Texture strikes me.  It draws my attention.  It is beautiful in its order and in its variety. Visually, as light moves over the surface of an object or vista and the eye detects changes in line and shape, this is texture.  As light plays over differences in density within an object, and we see these differences, we see texture.  And when the eye travels over a surface and, along the way, discovers changes in the nature of that surface, we recognize this as texture.

Ebb pattern by Susan B. Anderson

The pictures in this post were originally published in a Wordless Wednesday in August 2015. There were reasons for choosing these specific photos, so I wanted to revisit them  – and to think about the nature of texture.

During a ridiculously long walk along this section of the beach in Newport, which I paid for later with complaining, swollen ankles and aching muscles (note to self: no more beach hikes wearing flip flops!) I was the winner in finding amazing textures, such as those in the barnacles and driftwood above.

And what about these wind shadows?  I found them enchanting – sand protected from the wind by small items on the sand blocking the movement of air.  This interesting textural phenomenon was all around that day.sand shadows

Fascinating: an object masquerading as something quite different in nature from its own nature.  shell as leaf

And finally, when I was heading back on that Newport hike, I came upon this impromptu sand and driftwood sculpture.  Well worth the price of admission!

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I finally explored the Salishan Spit in August 2014, after having been curious about it for years.  It can be seen across the Siletz Bay from the highway, but I had never been there – I couldn’t even figure out how to get there! Finally I did my research, took the eight mile hike, and was mesmerized the entire time. There was something new to discover every bit of the way, from the dark sand (called “tar sand” by some locals) to a desolate “tree graveyard” filled with sunbleached, craggy remnants of an ancient forest.

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Lovely, delicious, intriguing, ubiquitous texture:
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When I returned to Gleneden Beach the following February to photograph the Salishan Cowl for the completed pattern, I was reminded again why this place had inspired this design.  The organic, curved shapes were everywhere, from the clouds in the sky to the patterns in the sand.

Salishan Cowl

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As my eye finds textured nuances like these, they are filed away in my brain under “inspiration.”  And some day, hopefully, bits and pieces of them will reconnect and reemerge – as a new and pleasing design.

Posted in Photo Challenge, Salishan

Camera Lucida: Metal

pump, lavender cowl, grass, tree

As promised, my Camera Lucida entries are knitting-related in some way.   This rusted remnant of days gone by stands beside the pathway to the Salishan Spit.  It was on my second hike to the Spit, the photoshoot for the Salishan Cowl, that I took this photo.   The water pump had caught my eye before, and I thought perhaps it would be an interesting way to style the cowl.  None of the pictures of the water pump made it into the pattern or onto the Ravelry pattern page, but I still think the elegance of the line of the water pump juxtaposed with the rusting iron makes an interesting image, and I share it here as my entry in this week’s Camera Lucida photo challenge.


 

This week’s theme: Metal

  1. a solid material which is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g. iron, gold, silver, and aluminium, and alloys such as steel).
  2. broken stone for use in road-making.
    “the work also involves dealing with rock aggregates for potential use as suitable road metal”

This week I am brining you into a new world…a different way of looking at something that all of us have around but rarely would we consider it art…the use of metal. Take a look around you and find that simple and maybe insignificant, sometimes even dangerous piece of rust that brings to life emotions…a different spark in our eyes and a modern interpretation of rudimentary.

Show your unique view on this weeks’ theme, bring us your best art…might that be a bridge of locks that tell a story, the old barn door with nails sticking out, a sculpture covered by rust but full of character or your personalised DIY tool box …this week anything metal goes 🙂

#cameralucida