Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Headbangers--Texture

Mac gave us the theme of "Texture" for this week. I should post some quilting as my texture since I am at a quilting retreat, but I gathered some textured images from some National Park trips during the last year. Of course you will see MY mountain.

But first, the textures left by the forces of nature on the rocky surfaces
 of Capital Reef National Park in Utah.



 And what water and wind have done to create the fins and hoodoos of Bryce Canyon (Utah).

Still in the Southwest, the manmade texture of a watchtower at the Grand Canyon. (Arizona)


Now let me come back home to Mt. Rainier National Park (our home park).
 
The texture of the stonework of the entry arch at Chinook Pass contrasts with the textures of the evergreens and the wildflowers.
 
 No, these are not trees. Moss -- close up.
 This log we found in the Nisqually riverbed is part of a footbridge. The work was done by hand.
 
Mount Rainier's glaciers provide the most interesting textures as wind, melting, freezing, shifting of their surfaces create some interesting images zoomed in.


 
Natural textures.
 
You will see the links to the other headbangers in my sidebar.
 
And now to get busy quilting.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Revisiting Past Headers.


These are some favorites from before I joined the Headbanger competition.
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

Here are some from my first year as a Headbanger.
Feathers
Impressionist
 
Lost

 
 
 
 
New Beginnings.
 
Now you see it now you don't.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Looking Up

I gathered these photos earlier today and just realized I had better do the post because we are off to the doc again early in the morning.

Looking up during the Prosser Balloon Rally


Looking up in London




Looking up inside one of those huge wind turbines

Looking up at the playground.

The preceding photos were gathered from files of the last few years. Those below were done this weekend at Cousin Camp.
Sasha shows his climbing abilities up a tree.


Masha looks as tall as the trees as she stands on a stump in the campsite.


 
The original from which I am creating my header. Looking up into the trees.
 
 
Other headbangers are linked in my sidebar.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Macro

I was the one that proposed the theme "Macro".
Fungi the size of a pinhead on a log in the Grove of the Patriarchs.

Macro is, loosely, extreme close-up of small subjects.


My last two cameras had a macro setting accessed by pressing a toggle button on the back of the camera.
lunch

My newer one does this automatically--switching between auto and macro depending on how close you are to the item you are focusing on.




I find it weird. I think I prefer the older method.






Most of the other headbangers have fancier cameras than mine. DSLRs with separate macro lenses. Their entries for today will be found linked in the sidebar.






Whether taken with a true macro lens or a pocket digital, it is a lot easier to make macros -- or nearly macros--with today's cameras that it was in the days of film.

Here's lookin' at you!
 
 
To prepare for today's theme I took the new camera out into the yard. -- well, after I tried to get shots of the ants that have been plaguing me lately. The photos above were made with my earlier cameras. Here are some of today's shots.
coreopsis

lily

yarrow

rose

Grape vine tendril grasps the support wire.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Water

We have used this theme before. At that time I wrote quite a bit about the role of water and/or its lack in the history and culture of the Western United States. You will find that post here last July.

Today it will just be pictures with captions.

You will find the other header challengers (we call ourselves headbangers) listed and linked in my sidebar.

When light hits water

Do you see the water? Sometimes too much at a time.

like this

When it is absent it is a very different scene.
When there is enough it flows marvelously.

When it is still, it reflects marvelously. And sometimes it is blue.

and sometimes green.

Sometimes we use it to change the landscape.

Marvelous place for cousins to bond.

And sometimes only a drop reminds us that the value of water is like diamonds.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer is Here!

I made a quick trip through the summer files to find some images representative of summer.  Here is a selection of what I found.

Summer is very busy when you live in America's Fruit Bowl.

For some reason, the images I post below jump to above. Typical summer crop in this agricultural area.
 
Summer at Tipsoo Lake

 
and summer out on the lake (not Tipsoo)
Everything grows like weeds in the summer.


Stonehenge is an icon of the summer solstice. This is our Stonehenge down on the bluff above the Columbia River. It is a memorial for local military lost in WWI and was built by Sam Hill.





 
We have a weekly challenge to post a new header according to a theme. The challenge members are linked in my sidebar.