Friday, March 30, 2012

myra falls rocks #19

This is the last in my series from Myra Falls, in Strathcona Provincial Park, B.C.  For now, at least.  I find the rocks so interesting, I may have to do more with them at some point.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

myra falls rocks #17

This image features a part of the same rock I photographed for number 16.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

myra falls rocks #20

Many of the rocks in the path of Myra Falls had fascinating crack and fracture patterns.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

myra falls rocks #9

Here is another "aerial view" of the rocks at my feet, at Myra Falls on Buttle Lake, Vancouver Island.  The colors have been greatly exaggerated.

Monday, March 26, 2012

myra falls rocks #3

Here is another in my series of photographs of the intriguing rocks at Myra Falls in Strathcona Provincial Park, B.C., Canada.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

myra falls rocks #21

Here is another from my series of closeups of the rocks at Myra Falls.

The photos in this series were made in late August when the falls were lower, leaving exposed rocks and small pools.  I photographed the water-worn and intricately cracked and textured rocks at my feet as I walked over them, as if seeing miniature landscapes from an airplane.

Myra Falls
photo by MM

Saturday, March 24, 2012

myra falls rocks #16

Here is another image from the series that began with yesterday's post.

For these photographs, I confined my image manipulation to conventional photographic adjustments such as contrast and saturation, inverting and, as seen here, solarization.

Friday, March 23, 2012

myra falls rocks #4

This is one of a series I did of closeups of the rocks at Myra Falls, at the south end of Buttle Lake in Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, B.C.  The series was done a few years ago but they have been in a number of shows and I wanted to get them on this blog.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

robot awakening

This is another experiment with digital manipulation of a color photograph.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

the space needle

Or, as a friend used to call it, the Space Pin.  Here is my take on this Seattle icon, set against a foreground metal sculpture.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

lightship "overfalls"

This is the decommissioned lightship which I mentioned in my last post, photographed during my mid-nineties visit to Lewes, Delaware.  The ship had a lot of character as a photographic subject, but she was rusting away.  She has since been completely restored and turned into a proper museum.

Monday, March 19, 2012

boat barn

In the mid-nineties, I found these old boats in a shed near the decommissioned lightship "Overfalls" in Lewes, Delaware.  The boats were possibly connected to the old boatyard or the Lewes life-saving station.

This is another 35mm color slide which I think benefitted from a re-cropping and black-and-white treatment.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

boats at cefalu, sicily

This is another of my digital images which I had previously printed in color.  Re-cropped and readjusted, I think it has more impact as a black and white photo.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


McSorley's, in the East Village, is the oldest Irish tavern in New York City.  When I visited in the nineties, one of the gilt signs in the window read, "Chicken dinners: 25 cents."  They were offering hard boiled eggs!  The sign is probably still there.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 16, 2012


Here is another large tree on the slopes of Mt. Diablo in the San Francisco Bay area.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

mt. diablo hillside

In late autumn, the distant trees fade into the clouds.  Mt. Diablo is near Walnut Creek, California.  This is another image that started out life as a 35mm color slide.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

mt. diablo from lime ridge

In the San Francisco Bay area, the hills are green in the winter, while the trees are bare.  In the summer, it will be more or less reversed: green trees, straw-colored hills.  The grasses in the bottom left of this photo give a hint of things to come.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

low tide, andoya, norway

It was a crisp, clear day on the harbor and the tide was out, revealing stilt building foundations.

Monday, March 12, 2012

island princess at skagway, alaska

It has been some time since cruise ships looked like this one.  The photo is from the mid-seventies.  I did not go aboard her.  I had come to Skagway by Grumman Goose.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

fishing boats at keflavik, iceland

I am adjusting some of my many images for which I hadn't previously found time.  Some, like this one, started out as color slides.

They must get some rough weather off Iceland.  The boats look very seaworthy.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

penguin chat

This is another older image, originally a color slide, now a recently readjusted digital print.

Friday, March 9, 2012

the summit clears

This image was originally a color slide, take a number of years ago while backcountry skiing on Mount Rainier.  The clouds parted for a while, revealing low afternoon sun on the mountain.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

at the chicken gallery

This is a closeup photo of more strange architectural details from batteries Kinzie and Vicars at Fort Worden.  But I prefer to think of it as:  Five hooded clothespin people viewing the giant cubist chicken exhibit.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

one last zigzag

Here is another architectural detail from batteries Kinzie and Vicars at Fort Worden.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

shadows of history

I have a few more photographs from my earlier series of Batteries Kinzie and Vicars at Fort Worden State Park near Port Townsend, WA.  Here is a view of Battery Vicars.

Monday, March 5, 2012

new lake aldwell

Lake Aldwell, west of Port Angeles, Washington, is pretty much gone now that the dam has been removed.  The Elwha River and gravel bars remain.  We painted there last Thursday afternoon.  After scraping off my first painting- apparently a time-honored tradition among painters, I quickly dashed off this one looking in the other direction (away from the sun which, of course, had moved into my original view).

"New Lake Aldwell"
oli on canvas, 6"x6"

Sunday, March 4, 2012

dry falls

I did this plein air painting near Dry Falls in eastern Washington a year ago last fall, didn't like it, and finally tweaked it in the studio.  It might be like training a bonsai- I had to wait a while to see what to do next.  At this rate, it should be done in a few years!

"Dry Falls"
oil on panel, 9"x12"

An interesting geological aside:  A LOT of water raced through here when the ice dams gave way during the last ice age, carving these dramatic coulees.  Nice and dry now, though.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Here is a final architectural detail, found in an alleyway, from our recent visit to Santa Barbara, California.

Friday, March 2, 2012


These gorgeous eucalyptus trees grace the entrance to the Santa Barbara, California, library.  They're so tall, they look like they could be growing in Mars gravity.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Here is one last image from Los Padres National Forest in the California coast range.