Finding spirit wherever you go

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Above: Patterns of Spirit, Yachats, Oregon

Besides our spiritual connections at home or wherever we are, we frequently travel in search of additional spiritual cleansing. We flush the toilet of constant chaos and refill the bowl with clean water.

Inevitably, the center of our search is a much kinder form of chaos: the sea.

Once there, we immerse ourselves (not literally!) in the power SeaLegsand the energy and the total awe of the ocean. The sea engulfs us spiritually, with its neighboring forests, towering cliffs, fog and windy sands to help mesmerize and fascinate. Releasing ourselves to it, we realize just how fully we are one with it.

Whether rolling gently in with the tide to a quiet sandy beach, or smashing themselves against rocks wearing away from the force of it, the waves have much to say.

Sometimes, it’s what the waves leave behind that tells about the life within. The patterns of their presence flow in sand as well as water, mystifying the eye and mind. The ocean cleanses and refreshes, and leaves behind its potent evidence for all.

Left: “Left Behind

Without the refreshment and renewal a coastal experience provides, life can sometimes overwhelm, like rip tides that deposit small creatures and little Dungeness crabs on the shore, leaving them to scramble away and dig themselves in before the gulls arrive. More often than not, they don’t make it. The beaches are strewn with their pecked-clean shells.

For those of us fortunate enough to not be crabs, exhilaration and a boosted sense of well-being permeates at the sea. We will always find our way back.

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Above: Mussel Beach

Below: Crashing surf

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Biggest trip in years

Our insatiable need for the coast and its atmospheres expands to our grandest trip of all this year: fall in New England, with a stop on the coast of Maine.

We’re making up for a very late start in our travels this year due to health concerns that sidelined me throughout spring and early summer.

Beginning late September, we’ll be traveling east to visit family in Ohio and attend a wedding in Pennsylvania. We’ll spend a couple of days getting glimpses of Manhattan, then off to begin our fall foliage odyssey in New Hampshire, exploring the White Mountains and the Kancamagus wilderness. From there, we’ll follow Lake Winnipesaukee along its western shores en route to Ogunquit, Maine, where the coast awaits our arrival.

We swing south to see family in northeastern Massachusetts before heading west along Route 2 to Williamstown, MA, following one of the most foliage-scenic byways in the northeast through the Berkshires.

From there, who knows…? Stay tuned.

 

 

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Fine photos make great last-minute gifts, and feed the hungry as well

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Yachats Sunset, 30×20 framed, on exhibit and for sale at Blue Sky Bagels, Fairview, Meridian

By Ken Levy

There’s still time to get free delivery of my ready-to-hang framed images, which make perfect gifts for home or office walls.

I continue my tradition of donating 20% of the purchase of any of my images to the Idaho
Foodbank. Thanks to your generous purchases, the food bank got additional funds in time for the Christmas celebrations.

I like to keep this going year-round. Here’s how it works:

You get stunning photography for your home, office or as thoughtful gifts; each beautiful photo you buy also helps feed hungry people. I give 20% of each sale to the Idaho Foodbank.

I will deliver framed art free within a 50-mile radius of Boise, until Dec. 20.  Email me for details at ken@kenlevymedia.com

Visit any of my exhibits (below), and my web site, to make the perfect holiday purchase that gives twice:

FoggyTreesYachats1966At left: Coastal Inspiration, Yachats, Ore. 20×30 Framed, on exhibit and for sale at Blue Sky Bagels, Fairview, Meridian

  About my photos

These professional-quality images will add beauty and interest to every wall, including those of your friends, family and colleagues. You can find a huge variety of original art on my web site.

Keep an eye on my New Works page for updates to my photography, and stop by my Collector’s Editions  page to view some of my clients’ favorite works.

Email me for details at ken@kenlevymedia.com or visit my web site at http://kenlevymedia.com.

Consider making my images part of your holiday gift giving this year. Because no one should have to go hungry, and beauty makes a great gift for everyone.

 

Below: “Water and Ice.” Tiny stalactites dip their icy toes in the roiling water of Teton Creek. Framed 20×16 on display and for sale at Blue Sky Bagels, Chinden Ave., Boise.

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On the trail: The Oregon Odyssey part II

 

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Photo above: Sunset, Yachats, Oregon. One of the most beautiful sections of rugged coast in  Oregon. Below right, Upper Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Below left, giant anemones in tide pool, Yaquina Head, Oregon. See more images from the Odyssey on my New Works page.

By Ken Levy

Part II

From Prairie City to Portland to Florence and back, the 2,000-mile trek into Oregon from Boise challenged us to photograph Oregon in ways few have.

For example, while our eyes may, indeed, see a coastal sunset as depicted in the above image, creating that image in a photograph is considerably more complicated. The beauty and fine detail, not to mention the exacting exposures and lighting, require careful planning, timing and a good measure of luck to make such a photograph both satisfying and memorable.

Upper Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Even  a wildly popular tourist attraction such as Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge requires a unique vision to create a special image others may not have envisioned or studied. Capturing just a piece of the falls, when everyone else is trying to catch most or all of it, makes for an unusual and intimate glimpse at the details of the beauty hidden right in front of us. In this image, the flowers in the foreground, lacy fern leaves and gentle waterfall mists intertwine for a one-of-a-kind vision.

And then there are the mysterious treasures of the tide pools at Yaquina Head. If you’re not here at precise low tide, you probably will miss the Eye of the Anemone and other creatures lurking just below the surface. If you decide to photograph, you’ll need special equipment, and knowledge, to capture the intricacies of such unusual animals.

 Yaquina Head, OregonYou are invited to take a close look at my vision of Oregon on my New Works page, which features not only images from magnificent Oregon but also other photographs taken through 2015. The New Works page is updated regularly, and I encourage you to bookmark the page and check back frequently.

I will be the Artist of the Month for September at Frame Works, 1048 Overland Rd. in the Five Mile Plaza in Boise. Come by and see some cool photos. I donate 20% of every sale of every one of my photos to the Idaho Foodbank. That includes photographs you can find on my web page at Photographer’s Art Galleries.

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