Tuesday, April 11, 2006
This picturesque scene is on the grounds of the Ozark Folk Center . An inviting place to enjoy lunches during my workshop Garden Portraits: Polaroid Transfer Collages held at the center. The picture is a combination of a photograph of the bench and blooming tree with the real blooms from the tree. It was then made into an Emulsion Lift.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
I was in the Ozarks at the break of spring to teach a workshop at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. The trees were bare and only a few wild flowers had started to bloom. The first part of my trip was rainy and overcast. Exploring the surrounding woods when I could was incredible. I was amazed at all of mosses and lichens. Of course, I took lots of photos!
The last part of my trip the sun came out. It seemed like things bloomed overnight. Buds, small white and purple flowers started to show on the trees. Wildflowers were appearing everywhere. It was beautiful. I can only imagine how fabulous it will be when spring is in full bloom.
One late afternoon I was admiring a bluebird sitting in the tree. He was so blue - iridescent when the sun reflected off his feathers. His throat and chest were rust colored surrounding his white belly. He flew to the ground and just sat there for a while. Just as I took the photo he flew away.
Even the accommodations, the Dry Creek Lodge at The Ozark Folk Center, had great wooded views from every room. I had a chance to try some of the local cusine. My favorite was Tommy's Famous Pizza BBQ & Ribs. I tried the pizza and the BBQ. Yum!