Eye Spy

I'm an amateur photographer who aspires. To what? Still a work in progress, I think.

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All photos on this blog are by Carla Axtman, unless otherwise stated. Please do not use the images on this blog without my expressed, written permission.

A kaleidoscope of possibilities on Flickr.Made this afternoon in the Columbia River Gorge, just off the side of the road at Herman Creek along Highway 30. The light was right and the kaleidoscope under the water created a lovely mosaic that spoke to me.
I’ve got such a gigantic cache of images squirreled away from 2013, ready to be worked with and processed. I’ve indulged so much the side of me that loves being outdoors, soaking up the clear air and finding inspiration in all this beauty around me. But it’s time to start the real work of creating more art.
Thus begins 2014.

A kaleidoscope of possibilities on Flickr.

Made this afternoon in the Columbia River Gorge, just off the side of the road at Herman Creek along Highway 30. The light was right and the kaleidoscope under the water created a lovely mosaic that spoke to me.

I’ve got such a gigantic cache of images squirreled away from 2013, ready to be worked with and processed. I’ve indulged so much the side of me that loves being outdoors, soaking up the clear air and finding inspiration in all this beauty around me. But it’s time to start the real work of creating more art.

Thus begins 2014.

Look upon it as an adventure. on Flickr.“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” — William Feather 
The keen eye might recognize this as Horsetail Falls, which is situated along Highway 30 in the Columbia Gorge. Our latest cold snap afforded me the opportunity to venture out that way while the Gorge waterfalls were covered in ice. View high resolution

Look upon it as an adventure. on Flickr.

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” — William Feather

The keen eye might recognize this as Horsetail Falls, which is situated along Highway 30 in the Columbia Gorge. Our latest cold snap afforded me the opportunity to venture out that way while the Gorge waterfalls were covered in ice.

Shining from Within on Flickr.“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
― Maya Angelou View high resolution

Shining from Within on Flickr.

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
― Maya Angelou

The world is quiet here. on Flickr.(with a nod to Lemony Snicket)
I made a visit to Central Oregon last week for work not associated with landscape photography and decided to extend my visit to take in some of the beauty of the area. My other work was frenetic, busy and noisy. But this work…the work of finding something beautiful and bringing it to you so that you might gain some sense of what its truly like to be in a place…this is what feeds my soul. View high resolution

The world is quiet here. on Flickr.

(with a nod to Lemony Snicket)

I made a visit to Central Oregon last week for work not associated with landscape photography and decided to extend my visit to take in some of the beauty of the area. My other work was frenetic, busy and noisy. But this work…the work of finding something beautiful and bringing it to you so that you might gain some sense of what its truly like to be in a place…this is what feeds my soul.

We Look Up To The Great Wide Sky on Flickr.We sow the glebe, we reap the corn, 
We build the house where we may rest, 
And then, at moments, suddenly, 
We look up to the great wide sky, 
Inquiring wherefore we were born… 
For earnest or for jest? 
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sunset as seen from the tulip fields at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon. View high resolution

We Look Up To The Great Wide Sky on Flickr.

We sow the glebe, we reap the corn,
We build the house where we may rest,
And then, at moments, suddenly,
We look up to the great wide sky,
Inquiring wherefore we were born…
For earnest or for jest?
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sunset as seen from the tulip fields at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon.

Winter’s Occupation on Flickr.“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” 
― Sinclair Lewis 
When I first made this image, I put it away after viewing it, not sure if it really gave the sense of light and beauty that I felt when standing in this place. But I went back today and viewed it again. It was made just as winter began to give way to the very early days of spring. And that’s how it feels to me….transitional. So here it is. View high resolution

Winter’s Occupation on Flickr.

“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.”
― Sinclair Lewis

When I first made this image, I put it away after viewing it, not sure if it really gave the sense of light and beauty that I felt when standing in this place. But I went back today and viewed it again. It was made just as winter began to give way to the very early days of spring. And that’s how it feels to me….transitional. So here it is.

In some far summer stratum of the sky on Flickr.Pray to what earth does this sweet cold belong,
Which asks no duties and no conscience?
The moon goes up by leaps, her cheerful path
In some far summer stratum of the sky,
—Pray to What Earth by Henry David Thoreau
Third in a series I’ve been working on from the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon. The light plays so beautifully in this place. With all the undulation and color and texture, it’s complex and sometimes kind of difficult to shoot. But when you find the composition and it clicks…it feels so great. View high resolution

In some far summer stratum of the sky on Flickr.

Pray to what earth does this sweet cold belong,
Which asks no duties and no conscience?
The moon goes up by leaps, her cheerful path
In some far summer stratum of the sky,
—Pray to What Earth by Henry David Thoreau

Third in a series I’ve been working on from the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon. The light plays so beautifully in this place. With all the undulation and color and texture, it’s complex and sometimes kind of difficult to shoot. But when you find the composition and it clicks…it feels so great.

The Mountains Kiss High Heaven on Flickr.See the mountains kiss high heaven 
And the waves clasp one another; 
No sister-flower would be forgiven 
If it disdain’d its brother; 
And the sunlight clasps the earth 
And the moonbeams kiss the sea
What are all these kissings worth 
If thou kiss not me?— Percy Blythe Shelley
Layers of the Cascade Range stretched out across the horizon, as seen at sunrise from Larch Mountain, Oregon. View high resolution

The Mountains Kiss High Heaven on Flickr.

See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain’d its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea
What are all these kissings worth
If thou kiss not me?— Percy Blythe Shelley

Layers of the Cascade Range stretched out across the horizon, as seen at sunrise from Larch Mountain, Oregon.

Burning Plumes on Flickr.The sanguine Sunrise, with his meteor eyes,
And his burning plumes outspread,
Leaps on the back of my sailing rack,
When the morning star shines dead;—Percy Bysshe Shelley
Blushing clouds at sunrise over the Painted Hills, near Mitchell Oregon. The sky takes on an extra pinkish hue due to the several fires burning throughout the region. View high resolution

Burning Plumes on Flickr.

The sanguine Sunrise, with his meteor eyes,
And his burning plumes outspread,
Leaps on the back of my sailing rack,
When the morning star shines dead;—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Blushing clouds at sunrise over the Painted Hills, near Mitchell Oregon. The sky takes on an extra pinkish hue due to the several fires burning throughout the region.

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