I found the silver lining to my new phone…
It’s been a tough adjustment to lose my Blackberry (sorry Joel, that’s the facts), but I do like having a decent camera (for a phone cam anyway) ready on-hand to catch the occasional sunrise. This one is over American Fork Canyon, snapped by my son as I was driving him to school. (Hope that doesn’t violate Church policy :-)
Sun rising over Mount TImpanogos this morning, as I drove to the Sunday morning session of the Church’s semi-annual General Conference with my son and daughter. Photo by my son.
Most of the talks are already posted in at least MP3 format. Nice work AV Department!
Path leading up to a grove of trees adjacent to the Smith Family Farm near Palmyra, New York, where Joseph Smith’s first vision occurred. Very quiet, very peaceful, very inspiring on multiple levels. A few days prior, at the UIE 13 Conference, Luke W encouraged us to use color combinations we found in nature. After leaving the grove, I told my wife that I had found a color palette I wanted to use someplace in my work here at the Church. Now I just need to find the opportunity…
From Gary Greenberg’s A Grain of Sand slideshow on Scientific American.
Cathedral Cove, New Zealand.
My mom just sent this to me; the figure in the distant center is my brother, taking a breathtaking photo of his own. My parents return home from their mission in June, having served for 18 months.
The sun breaking over Mount Timpanogos this morning.
It seemed an appropriate introduction to this morning’s brainstorming session on how the Church might use the Internet to its fullest potential.
Sunrise in Salt Lake.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted something about God’s handiwork, so here’s a beautiful sunrise coming over the Wasatch Mountains captured by my sister Katie on her way home from the late shift. Way to keep an eye out and a camera handy, Sis…
Cranes and Friends, Farmington Bay, Great Salt Lake.
This year’s beautiful addition to my uncle Ray’s incredible collection of home-made Christmas cards. Every year we get a lovingly hand-crafted, personally designed card with photos collected throughout the year. (More of Ray’s work can be found at Scenicutah.com. )
Perspective makes all the difference.
This shot is from the bluff above the beaches just north of Shi Shi, on the Olympic Coast. The rock in the water to the right (overlapped by the tree) is the same as the left thumb in a previous post. That previous post, as well as those involved in the composite shot also posted earlier (and touched up by Chris, thank you very much), were all taken from the saddle to the left side of the picture, near the large outcropping with the tree on top. And I won’t bore you with the boatload of other portraits, panoramas, and other photos I took from that same spot— each as different from the others as these three are.
When confronting a potential problem or possibility, it’s a good idea to get multiple angles on it before you announce that you really understand it. The more perspectives you experience, the more complete the picture.
General Conference Morning,
and the cloud is on the mountain…
Two thumbs up!
Sea stacks north of Shi Shi Beach, which is part of the
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
Giant Maple in Quinalt Rain Forest.
The Olympic Peninsula is one of the few places on Earth where true temperate rain forests can exist. Every tree is covered with moss, the canopy is almost unbroken in places, and the light is filtered green on sunny days. An impression of great age juxtaposed with new life pervades these forests. Great design inspiration, and a fine place to spend the sabbath as well!
Mount St. Helens about a month ago.
I mulled around the idea of ascribing a “design lesson” to this landscape—”sometimes you just have to start over” or “plan for disaster” or somesuch nonsense. But the feeling when you’re standing in front of this scene of mixed devastation and beauty is just …
Shi Shi Beach, on the Olympic Coast, with Point of Arches on the horizon.
This is actually a composite of 2 photos.
Later I’ll post more on how I, a CS3 Dummy, composed this panorama
with Photoshop’s super-easy PhotoMerge feature.
Another sunset on Ruby Beach.
The sun is peeking just beneath the canopy of clouds on the horizon, forming the red line just left of the largest island (Abbey Island).
A design insight—even when the source of the light or inspiration is practically unseen, the effects can be profound. You can barely see the sun in this photo, but it is responsible not only for the small red streak, but for all the color in the sky. And less obviously, but maybe even more importantly, for the visibility of the entire landscape, for anything green, for anything alive.
What lights your interior designscape, even if it’s not readily seen by others on the outside?
How about your life?
Sunset on Ruby Beach, 2 weeks ago.
I love the Washington coast.
(Un-retouched as of yet; next week I’ll start applying all the cool techniques the Adobe folks showed us last week at Web Design World. But I wouldn’t want to mess much with a lot of these shots; God does just fine without sharpening, blurring, and compositing!)
One of my favorite spots to get Inspiration of all kinds, design and otherwise—and one of the places I’ll be visiting over the next two weeks. Others include Kalaloch and possibly the arches along the Washington coast. I love Natural Design! See you on the other side!
Even grey can be beautiful.
Sorry for re-posting an old photo, but I feel the need for something calm in my browser amidst the development kickoff activities I’m spearheading today.
Outside Kalaloch Lodge, on the Washington coast .
Seize the Day!
(Yes, Cameron, it’s another “I miss the ocean” shot.)