words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful 03 – Slow Creek and Trees

A lovely hike of leisure along a creek in the low-country of South Carolina….

During my 2005 artist in residency with the South Carolina State Parks, I had some time to hike and reflect. An important source of inspiration was the beautiful landscape at Barnwell State Park. Here I discovered a trail that meandered by a slow-moving creek. Trees over-hanging, and the glimpse of sunlight flickering on the water made for an exciting contemplative view.

Finding peace in nature and solitude

Life offers some very rewarding peaceful moments….

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21 responses

  1. great shot. very nice!!! Love the extreme brightness šŸ˜‰

    January 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    • Thanks Xandi, I used a underlying layer of colored pencil and a hue change to get this result.

      January 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  2. That’s cool, did you use the coloured pencil filter all over the image?

    January 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    • Yes Gilly, I did use the colored pencil as one of the layers. I then worked the piece with a blend effect.

      January 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm

  3. so mysterious, walter! and enthralling… it reminds me of a stream near manassas that i found a couple years ago. primeval. hugs to you, sweet one!

    January 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

    • Leslee, your thoughts lift my very soul. I am smiling. I am glad this piece takes you back to a special place.

      January 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

  4. šŸ˜Ž

    January 16, 2012 at 8:06 am

  5. An excellent piece of work, Walter !

    January 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    • Thanks buddy, I am glad you like this piece. It came out well, I must say šŸ™‚

      January 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

  6. My favorite part is the rainbow illuminating from part’s of the river’s surface. It’s a nice surprise!

    Great photo!

    January 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    • Lady, Diva, where have you been? I missed your posts, your insight and your thoughtfulness. Am I missing the link to get to your new blog? I want to see the art you are doing. Hit me back with a link if I need one.

      January 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  7. Nandini

    Yes it does. Thanks for sharing this, Walter. I found the photo truly beautiful. šŸ™‚

    January 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

  8. Serenity and calmness…

    January 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

    • Thank you iltana. I have been searching for that serenity and calmness to pass on to my readers.

      January 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

  9. Jackie Paulson

    Simply amazing! You did a great job with this. Watching you post photo’s really makes me want to learn more about photography…just learning it myself…new Nikon camera because Kodak is going out of biz…

    January 19, 2012 at 1:53 am

    • Jackie, thanks for the comment. I do not consider myself a photographer at any stretch of the imagination. Techinically, I am not trained. But my emphasis is the post-production of an image. Finding a new visual stimulation with each new venture. Digital art manipulation is my focal point.

      January 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  10. I can hear the water flowing…

    January 21, 2012 at 11:56 am

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