Passage to Wonderland

We do illustrations using nature themes.


An earlier version of this image was used to illustrate the concept (and possible effects) of “anger” in a pre-school children’s book.

I developed this digital illustration starting from a… “slightly modified” photograph of an actual tree, near my home in Camas, Washington. (OK, perhaps the words “slightly modified” depend on… the eye of the beholder) :)

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On making an image of a historic house


Every mage in our website has its own creation story and the special circumstances / issues that had to be adressed in its making.  For this image I wanted the following:

* The sublimity of overcast, morning light

* A viewpoint that showed all of the house in its forested context

* Full house reflection on calm waters, showing that the house is actually built near the shore of Lacamas Lake

* The visual elimination of the anachronistic, paved two-lane road that now intrudes between the house and the lake.

To satify these requirements I chose a viewoint from across the lake– appox. half a mile away  This took care of  the above issues but added some unwanted haze due to the distance involved.  To cut a long story, after some time in my “digital darkroom” I settled on this version where the house is shown in clear, sharp detail but the surrounding area is rendered in dream-like “fog.”

(Btw: this is the Pittock-Leadbetter house )

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March Luminosity

Late March Ambiance, lodgepole pine forest, Ochoco mountains, Central Oregon.

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Quiet time, loud earth

A March scene from central Oregon’s Painted Hills.   It is early morning and the sun is still below the horizon but the mounds of colorful bentonite pellets have already began to glow in their multi-colored exuberance.


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Dreamcatcher - the original

(Updating a previous post from a few years ago)

The “Dreamcatcher” is a Native American traditional artifact, probably inspired by the spider web.

On March 5, 2005, I came across this particular web at Ridgefield NWR, and it was soaked with raindrops.  Like strings of pearls, these drops helped highlight the web’s design and beauty lines.  The Dreamcatcher concept jumped out at me. I could see why native Americans used this type of design as a meditation aid.

There was nothing else I could possibly call this image.


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Early March at Ridgefield

Large wading birds, such as this Great Blue Heron, are very much at home in our local wetlands, at Sauvie island Oregon and across the river, Southwestern Washington’s Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  Success in hunting down their next meal requires that they stand still for long periods of time so the fish confuse them for cattails or other plants instead of predators.


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Spring Breaks Through

Had to happen, sooner or later…   Happy Daylight Saving Season


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Winter Green

Early March at Portland’s Japanese Garden


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Snow(-ing) Geese

February 22, Sauvie Island.  A flock of Snow Geese, practicing takeoffs and landings, seem ready for their journey North.  Perhaps the end of Winter is near, in the Portland-Vancouver area.


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The Promise of February Raindrops

… like a thousand cheering points of light…  (

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