Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Artist's Touch


As I was walking along the river in Bend, Oregon one late afternoon this week, I spied the sun and a cloud reflecting on the surface of the Deschutes River and illuminating a sub-surface rock. In the foreground, a large chunk of basalt seems to direct the eye to the focal point of the picture. The river becomes the palette of an artistic sky and reveals a diversity of blue and grey tones and shapes, highlighted by the muted yellow ball. In its simplicity, this photo condenses a lot of information about the world above, around and below into a quiet statement for us to appreciate.

9 comments:

tapirgal said...

This photo is really unusual and striking. I think it's one of your best. Again, you've written some interesting thoughts about it. Deep, as ever.

Small City Scenes said...

Very interesting. I see a creature with a big eye coming to the surface.

I enjoyed our brief visit. Stop on the way back if you like. MB

Babooshka said...

Both words and image magical. I'm a big fan of water photography the light just shimmers.

Regina said...

This is really a nice shot.

Prospero said...

Very nice, Lee. The water looks almost gelatinous.

Jacob said...

Great eye, Lee, and a great photo! Light on water always turns on my photographic senses...

And no to grunge "music." There's a reason they call it "grunge"! Right?

cieldequimper said...

Great photo. Does the river have waterfalls or rapids? Des chutes, in French, means "waterfalls"...

Pyzahn said...

Yes, I saw the creature, too. But I don't see the yellow ball.

Karen said...

Love this shot... and of course, the words that go with it. You definitely have a way with words :-)

I have this thing about reflections. With all this rain we had recently, I had fun catching the sun and other stuff in the puddles that were lying around :-)