Looking Glass

Little Crater Lake, July 2018

A double blue reflection. The cobalt of the lake with its graveyard of dead trees lying on the bottom. One recent death half-floats in purgatory. And the deep blue of the sky, foregrounded by a living green forest. Both blues framed by ancient volcanic formations. All is alive, even death.

Liminal Lands

Fort To Sea Trail, Oregon, March 2018

Where the forest meets the ocean, a mix of environment occurs. I call this the liminal lands, an in between, where you can witness movement, a to and fro, an agreement between sea and land. This photo is a close-up of a small pond that is part fresh water, part salt water. Located a quarter mile from the Pacific Ocean, it is fed partially by the Skipanon River and tidal waters. What you see is kind of a triple exposure, but not made by Photoshop. It’s the reflection of the sky, a cloud and the surrounding trees upon the edge of the pond, while a few water ripples surface like slivers of silver and a couple of pine needles float like toy boats upon the pond’s surface. The glow you see is from the sun, piercing through those reflected trees, forming a patch of sun, illuminating the bottom of the shallow part of the pond, where sticks and mud take on a golden glow.