Monochrome Monday: Portland Japanese Garden, pt 3

Third post of monochrome compositions from the Portland Japanese Garden.

Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see the high resolution version. To see more monochrome compositions visit my Portland Japanese Garden gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Portland Japanese Garden

Around 2001, I decided to build a Japanese water garden in my backyard.  I studied and planned for almost a year.  I learned as much as I could about the traditional Japanese garden, how to use plants, water and rock to reflect the natural world. Over the years my knowledge and appreciation of Japanese culture has grown. As such, a top destination during the family vacation to Oregon last summer was the Portland Japanese Garden.

Japanese Lantern Composition 2
Japanese Lantern Composition 2
Japanese Koi Pond 1
Japanese Koi Pond 1
Japanese Koi Pond Abstract 1
Japanese Koi Pond Abstract 1
Japanese Lantern Composition 3
Japanese Lantern Composition 3

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Old Town Portland Cityscapes

During our stay in Portland, we visited the Old Town district, the original urban core on the Williamette River.  Our day included a stroll along the waterfront, a visit to the Lan Su Chinese Garden (to be featured in a future post), Old Town Pizza, Voodoo Donuts and finally a tour of the haunted Shanghai Tunnels Portland Underground.

Hobo’s Restaurant Courtyard Composition 1
Hobo’s Restaurant Courtyard Composition 1
NW Couch St Composition
NW Couch St Composition
Dixie Tavern Cityscape
Dixie Tavern Cityscape
Paris Theater Marquee 1
Paris Theater Marquee 1
Oregon Maritime Museum Paddle Wheel
Oregon Maritime Museum Paddle Wheel
Portland Steele Bridge Composition 1
Portland Steele Bridge Composition 1

For the best viewing experience, click on a image to see the high resolution version. Thank you stopping by today!

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana, or monkey puzzle tree, is native to the south-central Andes of Chile and Argentina.  The leaves of this confer are thick and appear as triangular scales encircling the tentacle like branch, the pattern similar in structure to a pine cone.  While the leaves last on average 24 years, the tree can live as long as 1000 years. 

Monkey Puzzle Tree 1
Monkey Puzzle Tree 1

Its English name was derived during its early cultivation in Britain in the mid-1800s.  While visiting an estate in Cornwall, a lawyer noted his friend’s specimen tree “would puzzle a monkey to climb that”.

Monkey Puzzle Tree 2
Monkey Puzzle Tree 2

The round globes are the female cones.  Indigenous people in Chile and Argentina continue to harvest the edible seeds.  Our Airbnb in Portland was named after this specimen. I am impressed on how striking this tree works as a monochrome composition.

Monkey Puzzle Tree 3
Monkey Puzzle Tree 3

Thanks for stopping by today. To appreciate the character of this tree, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Smith Rock State Park, Pt 3

This post presents expansive color landscapes, featuring the wide range of earth tones found in the volcanic rock formations in Smith Rock State Park.

Crooked River and Staender Ridge 1
Crooked River and Staender Ridge 1

I typically finish my color composition workflows with a Kodachrome 25 film emulation using Alien Skin’s Exposure X3. For this series, I used Photoshop to mix in, at varying percentages, an older Kodachrome II film emulation with the newer Kodachrome 25. The results offered what I felt was a more realistic, and pleasing, presentation and separation of yellow to green tonalities.

North Point View 1
North Point View 1
Homestead Trail Vignette 1
Homestead Trail Vignette 1
View of Picnic Lunch Wall and Red Wall
View of Picnic Lunch Wall and Red Wall
Phoenix Buttress Landscape
Phoenix Buttress Landscape
Phoenix Buttress Vignette 2
Phoenix Buttress Vignette 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. More of this amazing landscape and be viewed at my Smith Rock State Park Gallery.

Cheers!

C. S.