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Unique Photos of Green Things in My Environment
I Relish The Shades & Hues of Green Found Everywhere
I am refreshed by the nuances in the variety of greens that surround us in the Pacific Northwest.
Inherent in the hue is a soothing quality. I present a variety of my copyrighted photographs of images in green.
Being surrounded by a dusty dark green is an everyday affair, on the western side of Oregon and Washington. Every hilltop in the City of Seattle and the region surrounding the metropolis is crowned with evergreen trees, Douglas Fir, Pine, Cedar and many more varieties.
The Cascade Mountains that run north and south from Canada to California, dividing the West Coast into a far westerly wet side, and a dry eastern side.
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The end of the mossy green log, below, caught my eye on a winter's walk in a local park that feels like it's up in the mountains, the evergreen trees are so tall.
On the eastern side of the state there's a wide variety of greens available, but my most profound memory of greens is drawn from the sagebrush that abounded on our properties.
Add to the sage, the dark pine and cedar greens, making an everlasting backdrop for the rural life. Come Spring the cultivated land spews forth wildly growing new sprouts of vegetables, and weeds, and the newest shows of green leaves on the fruit trees.
Mossy Green Log
An Unexpected Delight
While striving to make some photographs of water drops, I was surprised with this one - how much I enjoy the green leaf in the background. It was nice to know that I could isolate a tiny part of my indoor garden stacked on my plant rack.
Sunset on Garden Hedge
When I rounded a curve on my walk at Lake Washington and my gaze fell on this hedge I was captivated. It's at least 8 feet tall.
To me, it said everything about momentary changes - as the sun threatens to leave the whole hedge in the dark - because that is the nature of things - also the burgeoning light of youth is eventually darkened by the inevitable close of our days.
This is Where I Learned The Most About Green Smoothies
After attending an afternoon's class on raw foods my interest was piqued enough to buy this book that tells not only the author's story of her journey to health through raw eating, but also much about green smoothies.
It convinced me to give them a try, including the dandelions pictured here, and those pictured on her book. One year later and my health is improved. I also have a new crop of hair growing in to replace some that had left parts of my head sparsely covered, if it all. It's true.
This is one of only a few books I consider must haves in my kitchen.
Temporary Green of My Collage
The collage looks different now, but for a while this detail came right out of the piece. It is based on tile shapes that I find enchanting, from a mosque in Andalusia.
Dandelions I Enjoy
Dandelions are a new addition to my diet. I use them in smoothies now and then, and have even been known to chomp down on a fresh leaf. I'll never look at them in the garden in the same way.
A Mystery in The Potholes
Do we call them potholes when they open up in a walking path, or only in a roadway? Regardless, that's what they mean to me, in addition to mystery, wondering if the part of the part I'm walking on at any time might suddenly drop out from underneath me.
So I mostly enjoy these potholes, on the western shore of Lake Washington, for their visual effect, suggesting the emptiness beneath the surface of some people, the meaningless of some activities, making me look a little deeper.
I squatted down to peer into these holes several times. They've vastly increased in diameter and depth with the winter rains, and more lengths of yellow caution tape have been added to cover half the path in one spot.
Adorable Little Caution Man
The owner of the restaurant outside which this little guy stands must want to caution his patrons about the driveway right outside the doorway,
Maybe, since the restaurant sports a bar, too, he wants to remind those who imbibe about the heavy traffic that runs right by the front door. Whatever it is, i find it majorly humorous.
I'd Be Interested To Learn About Your Attachments to the Color Green
Do any greens play a significant part in your life?
1990 Somali Famine Painting of Mine
This is a detail of my collage addressing the concept of giving other people what we think they should want, not necessarily what they really need, in time of crisis
The bluish green of the sky makes the artwork very appealing although the content is disturbing. Riding outside of the detail shown here is a copy of the Marlboro Man
Pleased To Find This Guy In The Neighborhood
Do you remember a day when fire hydrants were painted green? Perhaps that's why I felt such surprise when I encountered the weathered water source. To me, it looks more like an antique than a life-saving device. Perhaps the property owner painted it green for camouflage.
Cleverness Isn't All
Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.
Buds On My Deck of Yore
Although this deck of mine was only 5x10 feet, it provided me with unending green joy. I lined the rails with trees, bushes and plants. Sitting, or even standing, in my living room felt like being out in a secluded back yard.
I took some of my meditation photographs of the vista - looking out from my covered deck, under the wysteria.
A Basic Western Yard Scene
the last half of my upbringing, after moving down from Alaska, I grew up with carpets of green grass surrounding my house. I raised my children with huge grassy green yards. No wonder I'm in love with lawns.
My Handbuilt Ceramic Tile Panel - mixed-media on ceramic
The darkish matte green glaze on these tiles suggests antiquity, suiting my process of hand carving clay images, repetitions on a theme of three aspects of knowledge.
Moss Decoratives Steps
A trip to the doctor's office netted me this encounter with the aggregate showing on this set of old cement steps melded with good old Northwestern moss.
Green Tomatoes & Orange
Up on the rooftop there's a pea patch, an urban mode of tiny scale gardening. Residents grow crops in their half of a corrugated metal livestock watering trough. Some have the knack for producing plenty to give away to their neighbors.
The Only Grass That Grew Inside My Home
Green as it grows, I'm still undecided as to how often to cut wheat grass to put in my green smoothies. I'm an infrequent windowsill lawn farmer, and haven't bothered to research the wisdom in wheat grass, but I think it's a potent source of nutrients.
The Old Green Swan From Childhood
I grew up with this green swan. It has held everything from small plants to beautiful novelty soaps. Mom presented me with the swan when she recognized that her light was fading, and she recognized how much enjoyment it had brought me all my life.
Earrings Originally Were Orange
These were a gift I gave to my adult daughter. She thought she loved them, but as the months passed she still hadn't found anything to wear them with. I offered to recolor them and this cool green is the result.
Second Batch of Green Toms
Ever since I had to give up tomatoes I've been drawn to seeing them grow, and these were also grown on the roof.
Salinas Valley Scene
I couldn't help but fall in love with the colors of green that cover that wonderful valley of produce.
I used every type of green I had on hand to make this vibrant intensely green smoothie. There wasn't a blueberry or a drop of red chard veining, or even the red skin of an apple in this smoothie - only green kiwis, spinach, parsley and grapes.
My Green Arch Support Insoles
These are just the insole I need for arch support in my Doc Martens for my green photography jaunts.
They are specially made for boots in which a person spends a lot of time on their feet.
For in the true nature of things
if we rightly consider
every green tree is far
more glorious than if it were
made of gold and silver.
Resources on Greens
- Green America
One-stop for all the green news of benefit to individuals living in America.
- Green Party
Website of the Green Party that includes an all around policy to grow a sustainable and just America.
- New York Times Green Blog
News and connections to the latest in news about green policies, developments and products.
- U S Green Building Council
Nonprofit that developed the standards for green space in residences and public buildings.
- How Color Green Affects Persons
It is stated that gazing on the color green has spectacular effects on a person. Interesting read.
Handy Little Powerhouse Camera for Green Shots
It's easy for me to grab my little power camera as I go out the door for neighborhood photographing hikes. It's also handy to have my small camera charged up and ready to go.
Small enough to tote in bag or jacket pocket, I like this camera for its 16 MP excellent quality shots.
Nice & Roomy For The Canon Power Shot Camera
Take a look at all the pictures of this bag on Amazon. You'll see all the compartments, to fit all your camera needs. It's compact size is just right for the Power Shot.
I want this bag for my videocam, and can also use it for my larger camera.
Are you also attracted to green things - both living and handmade, or manufactured? Please tell us about it.