Wings Gallery- Exhibit Opening

SpringTreeFleeting Moments Exhibit has opened at Wings Gallery, College of DuPage. I have I have two images in the exhibit: Winter River Reflections and Spring Tree, Afternoon. This exhibit will be open through February 27. The gallery is open from 11am – 3pm Monday – Fridays. The gallery is located in Room 2210 near the Library in the SSC building

 

 

Beautiful Badlands

The Badlands were named “bad” because they were horrible to travel over in the days of wagon trains. There was little water, no plants, no cover, and difficult terrain to cover. The National Badlands Park was beautiful, however. We could see that the terrain would be difficult to travel, and indeed, there is little life, paths and ways to live off the land. My expectations of the Badlands was a neutral colored landscape, with little variation. What I saw was amazing! Shades, variations, textures, rolling hills, colors in bands of the soils, plants in crevices, water-shaped canyons, rippled walls from erosion- all these words describe the Badlands. This image is one of many that show the beauty of the Badlands.

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Snowy Egret

Such a beautiful bird! The Snowy Egret has lacy feathers and a streamlined shape that photographs so well.  This bird was visiting Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda, Florida the same day that I was.  Fisherman’s VIllage is a shopping area that has brightly colored buildings.  This bird posed for me in front of this turquoise building when the light was just right.

Torrey Pine

Torrey Pines are unique and they reflect the adversity of the winds and storms they are subject to on a daily basis. While in San Diego a few years ago, we visited Torrey Pines State Park just north of San Diego. This tree is the nations rarest pine tree. They grow in near drought conditions, subject to fierce winds and sandy soil, and yet they survive. Their shape tells the story of their existence.

This image was captured on our hike through the state park. There were many Torrey Pines that were older, but this one seemed to capture the spirit of survival in adverse conditions.