I’ve been visiting the Panhandle Trail since 2002 with my bike and on foot, for exercise and inspiration, more inspiration than exercise, packing in with backpacks of camera equipment and art supplies. I’ve taken thousands of photos along the trail and off in the woods, but I’ve also done a number of sketches while there in pencil, charcoal, pastel and watercolor, and arriving home in my studio to do more from photos. I’ve collected a number of these for an exhibit, but not in a gallery—right on the trail, where I’ve spent so much time and found these inspirations. It’s the place where I found the scene of one of my favorite paintings, “Dusk in the Woods”.
This year I had a new gallery of photos from that magical morning in March, and a special collection of wildflowers and butterflies. I’ve been busy with even more handmade gift items featuring my art and photography of the trail. The photo below shows canvas prints, archival digital prints, framed original photos and paintings, laminated placemats, paper gift bags, gift boxes, coasters and hand painted candle votives, a sample of what I have ready right now.
My display in 2017…
I alternate a focus on paintings and photos with each year of the show, beginning with paintings in 2014. This year the focus was on photography, featuring the incredibly beautiful winter morning of March 10, 2017. I also included favorite photos of wildflowers and butterflies, and of my favorite genre: abstractions in nature, and shared some of my original art from prior shows.
Below are framed prints of select photos included in the exhibit and all original paintings that are available.
I also had a display of digital prints of all the photos in various sizes.
I didn’t have as many gift items as I would have liked to, and no note cards or greeting cards, partly because I had some troubles with my printer and simply ran out of time. I did have gift bags with flowers and butterflies and a few of my paintings and a good stock of placemats.
Most of all I love to get the chance to talk to others who love their trail and share with them both the familiar places and the extraordinary moments.
Thanks to Carol Kovach for stopping by and taking photos of me in my tent!
A portion of sales of art and merchandise during Rock the Quarry will benefit the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail.
The following five photos were features in this year’s exhibit, all taken on the morning of March 10, 2017. You can order a print right here or click the image to visit the listing for that photo. I have other links at the end of this post too.
All photos are available matted with a black core mat and framed with a matte black wood frame.
When I reached the trail that day the sun was just beginning to break through small holes in the the clouds that cast beams of sunlight like spotlights. I knew I wanted a photo of an icy, snowy tree completely alight against the deep gray clouds of the storm as they left the area. The photo above was from the very beginning, as soon as I arrived at the trail and I saw the sun moving over the trees, changing every moment. I just began photographing, zooming in and out, capturing different lighting. Everyone who saw the photo recognized the bridge as the very first one on the trail and knew exactly where I’d taken the photo.
Though “Dramatic Light” was my first love from that magical morning, there was another photo I wanted to capture just as much. As I drove to the trail I looked at all the tree-covered hills that looked as if they were frosted with powdered sugar. I did photograph a few of the hills, but I knew that the steep hills surrounding the valley where the trail and Robinson Run were would be even more dramatic, and when I arrived, as soon as I’d photographed “Dramatic Light”, I turned to the hill on the left and it did not disappoint. The sun moved like a spotlight over the hill and I did capture several where one treetop of many was highlighted. But it was when a quick flash of hazy sun through thinning clouds touched the hillside that I saw what I’d envisioned: treetops frosted with white to fill the frame. As I organized my exhibit “Frosted” quickly captured me and I decided to use that photo as my feature at the front of my tent.
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And here is the photo.
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The Ice Palace
This photo, with the trees leaning in and the brightness above, made it feel as if I was in a secret, protected place, albeit cold, like the Winter Palace in the movie Dr. Zhivago.
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A Faraway Place
While walking the trail that morning so many familiar views were disguised by the ice and snow and mystical light, like this view of the trail that looks as if it could be in mountains somewhere far away.
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When the clouds parted the sky was so incredibly blue and the clouds themselves sculptural, as in this photo where they seemed to mimic the shape of the sycamores when they were in full leaf.
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These photos were ones that worked well as freestanding photos, but I captured dozens of photos that morning, and found 39 of them most interesting. You can see them all in a gallery of photos from that day on my photo blog, Today.
Other photos included in the exhibit
Clicking on any image in the gallery will bring up a full-size image, and you can also see the images in a slideshow. I know that some are missing from here because I decided at the last minute to include them.
Only a few of the images below are available on this site. Now that I know which ones are more popular at exhibits I will add them.
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What’s the quarry? The Panhandle rail line, which was removed to built the trail in the old rail bed, runs right through a century-old limestone quarry, a portion of which is still actively quarried. The quarry ponds are there and that and the woods around make a natural gathering place.
I use this trail all the time, and part of my giveback is to maintain their website and the little bit of social networking that we do, along with photographing things. I use to volunteer during the event, usually in the kitchen dishing out easy food, but this is much more fun.
For more information on the trail please visit www.panhandletrail.org.
Other pages for Sun Shadow Ice and Snow exhibits:
Seasons Along the Panhandle Trail, All Photos
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