Saturday, October 30, 2010

ETSY PLUG: GothiCrow

I confess I have been wanting to buy this print from GothiCrow for a couple of years now, and Halloween gave me the perfect excuse this year.  I decided to do a little less decorating outside since we have all of five trick-or-treaters on any given year, and I spent that time and energy decorating the inside of my home.  I do love Halloween, and there is something delightfully ominous about black birds.  I have a few fake ones that perch on my shelves near this print.  They look right at home.

True to their name, you can find numerous prints of every kindof black bird, including grackles and crows and ravens.  The variety is quite impressive, so be prepared to browse for a while.

And if prints of graveyards without birds are a little more your style, then there are plenty of those, too.  Some are spooky and some are just beautiful.  I am quite smitten with the above '3 Crosses.'  It is hauntingly beautiful, is it not?

GothiCrow even manages to make common dandelions look otherworldly.  I love the textures in this image.  I think they really play off the texture found naturally in the poof, and perhaps add a little darkness. 

But if you are looking for something a little more cheery and a little less spooky, then GothiCrow has some of that, too.  That is unless carnival images make you think of "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hooded Figure

There is a lot of dark photography out there but that has never really appealed to me.  But, inspired by a friend who is not concerned with bears or snakes when we camp but instead is thinking about crazy scary people, I decided to attempt a sinister mood with these.  A hooded figure, lurking in the woods... but don't freak out.

It's just your friendly neighborhood photographer enjoying the lovely forest.  Have a Happy Halloween, everyone!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Golden Aspens, Beetle Kill

Here are some more shots of the aspens turning gold.  You can see, esp. in the second shot, all the dead trees killed by bark beetles.  I didn't realize the area we were in was hit so hard.  Nothing kills them except a very long, sustained period of cold weather.   I wonder if last winter was harsh enough to do this.  I think not, though, as I saw one of these ugly beetles in person when we were camping near Laramie Peak this fall.  Not only do they kill our beloved forests, but they ugly up every shot I take.  Stupid beetles.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Off The Main Road

I was looking through the photos I took in September when we were driving through the mountains and I thought I'd share a few, even though now the trees are starting to lose their leaves.  The weather has taken a turn for the cold and bitter this week, but I'm going to keep thinking lovely autumn thoughts.  I liked this shot of this road that led back into the trees.  We have a lot of fun exploring these sorts of roads.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spider Plant in Shadow

I like the lines a spider plant makes.  Everything is elongated, from the stems to the stamens and the petals. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mist Among Oaks

Early one morning while visiting my grandpa in California, we drove to an archery competition. He taught me archery at a young age, and every year when I'd visit I always looked forward to spending time with him on the range. This morning we decided to attend a competition a few hours from his home, and when we got there, there was not another soul around. We ended up at the wrong place, but had a great time practicing at this other location, after I had photographed these huge oaks that were visible amid the mist of the morning.

I rediscovered this on my hard drive not too long ago and loved the print so much that I added it to my shop.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Golden Aspens

I'm sure they are turning red by now, but a few weeks ago they were brilliant yellow, lighting up the mountainsides of Wyoming.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Black-Eyed Susans

Every day in September and early October that I wasn't camping, I was working in my back yard garden.  When we moved in, we could tell it was supposed to be flowerbed, but, with the exception of a cluster of day lilies on the far edge, it was all weeds.  Last year I planted some Dutch iris bulbs, but the size of the bed really demanded a lot more.  So this fall, I planted perennials in the far back, like asters, daisies, coreopsis, and a poker plant.  Then in the center third I divided and moved some of the day lilies, and planted a variety of daffodils amongst them.  I will still need to deal with the front third in the spring, but it has the bulbs I planted last year so it won't be totally bare.  I tried to come up with a garden plan that would have something blooming continuously from spring to fall.  We'll see how well it works.  I will have more work to do in the spring, like I said, and I hope to plant some tulips in the far back, next fall.  But for now, it is actually looking like a flowerbed and that is enough of an accomplishment.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunlight in the Dark Forest

Here are a couple of early morning shots after a night of camping in the Snowy Range of Wyoming.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Old Arrow

On one of our camping trips, my husband was shooting some arrows at his practice target, setting his sights, and in the process shot one right over the top of the target.  We went looking for it, and instead found this old arrow sticking out of a nearby tree.  Funny to think someone else had been doing the same thing in the same spot.  He (or she) must not have found their arrow, either.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Changing Colors

I'm quite vigilant, knowing that snow may appear at any time, but I am so thankful we have had a whole month and a half of autumn!  It was snatched away so quickly last year, but I think that has made me enjoy this season like I never have before.  The beautiful colors, the great temperatures, the harvest - I think I am finding more joy in these things because I know just how sudden and brutal winter can be.  So please, autumn, please stay a little longer.  I am enjoying your company.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Autumn Colors Week: Brown

Happy Friday, everyone!  I can't believe the weekend is already here.  My plans include taking some prints to the framer in Laramie and possibly mowing my squishy lawn.  It has been very wet around here lately, and it just hasn't had a chance in the past two weeks to dry out.  I imagine that is going to translate into snow, soon, but I'm so glad that it hasn't yet!

Today's post unintentionally became about texture as much as the color brown.  There is a lot of this color this time of year, and I suppose for many months to come.  Did anyone else play along with Autumn Colors Week last week (or this week if you are late like me)?  I'd love to see, so leave me a link in the comments.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Autumn Colors Week: Red

When I think of red and autumn, I think of leaves and plaid (pink plaid, too).  I love the coat in the first shot, though I  look ridiculous wearing that around Wyoming.  I can honestly say that I feel sure I am the only person in the entire state with a pink plaid pea coat.  I'm ok with that.  The second shot I took in Lander when I was there a couple of weeks ago.  I think those are pokeberries, and I thought the foliage was stunning.  The last shot was a test shot I took when we were camping in September.  I was just testing for lighting, but we up and left before I could retake the shot at the right time of day.  I like the angle, however, and that red plaid shirt really says autumn to me.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Autumn Colors Week: Orange

Today is orange day on this belated Autumn Colors Week.  I haven't seen a lot of orange while outdoors - I think we were camping a little too soon to see it - but there is plenty in my home in the form of cute little pumpkins.  I love to decorate with them.  I like the halloweeny orange and black in the first image.  And in the second image, not only do the designs in the basket make for some interesting lines, but my grandmother made that basket from pine needles and it is one of my most cherished items.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Autumn Colors Week: Yellow

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I hope your week is going well so far.  Today is the "Yellow Day" here, as we celebrate Autumn Colors Week a week late :)  I've been looking forward to today, to share my first photo of the aspens turning yellow, and the sagebrush , too. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Autumn Color Week: Green

I always seem to be a week behind on Autumn Colors Week, so as usual, I'm a week late.  If you aren't familiar with Autumn Colors Week, blogs play along during a particular week and show off photos or other art that goes along with the color designated for the day.  I don't know who started the idea, but Poppytalk seems to have the most fun with it.  Check out the Flickr pool of beautiful autumn colors.

All of my green images are from our recent camping trips.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Burst of Autumn

I heard a nasty rumor that it might snow next week...tell me it isn't true.  The autumn weather we have been enjoying the past few weeks is just so nice; I wish it would stay for a while longer.

Enjoy the weekend!