Autumn Snow on the Grand Mesa Posters from Zazzle.com

Autumn Snow on the Grand Mesa Posters from Zazzle.com.

Yesterday, while taking a break from my writing, I uploaded some pictures I took this fall. This one was shot on a spectacular October day. Alden and I drove across what locals call “the Stinkin’ Desert” to Delta, where we ate breakfast in our favorite truck-stop style cafe. I like my poached eggs really hard. I know that’s weird, folks, but they got it just right. This was an auspicious beginning.

The sun was shining and it was quite warm in the valley, so we were afraid the recent mountain snow had all melted away. There was, as it turned out, no cause for fear. As you can see, the snow up near the Grand Mesa Visitor Center was absolutely gorgeous.

Now, of course, the autumn leaves you see on the aspens in the background are long gone. Down here in Grand Junction, the skies are leaden. It is perfect weather for processing and reflection. That’s the way the creative process, works, after all, at least for me. I take in new experiences like a glutton, swallowing them whole while they are available, and then, in times like this, after the fall colors and before the stunning silences of winter, I make them my own.

Autumn in the Country Print from Zazzle.com

Country road in autumn

Autumn in the Country Print from Zazzle.com.

We’ve been out hiking in the countryside all week. The autumn weather has been absolutely spectacular.  We took a day off to rest. My husband has been building a model of a Santa Fe sand house while watching football. I attended a seminar on blogging and was inspired to post again.

Arroyo Trail Giclee Print by Linda Armstrong at Art.com

 

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In the 1990s, my husband and I walked our dog every morning under a group of bridges in the Arroyo Seco, a wooded canyon between Los Angeles and Pasadena. I took photographs, videos, and did a series of paintings based on the area. One group of paintings shows the bridges from a distance. This gives context to the second group of larger works, which seem much more abstract, but are actually studies of patterns of light and shadow on the concrete supports of the bridges.

The bridge in the foreground of this landscape study is a historic landmark. It has 13 graceful arches and two curves. In the background is one of the old bridges across the creek, and beyond that, the 210 freeway bridge. That one is magnificent, too. It swoops across the canyon with four sets of broad arches supporting multiple lanes of traffic. Standing under it is like standing behind a waterfall.Bridge Over the Arroyo Seco, Acrylic on Canvas

 

Arroyo Trail Giclee Print by Linda Armstrong at Art.com

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Stock Photography

I’ve been taking digital photos and submitting them to microstock sites for several years now. I enjoy taking a break from my office to get outdoors and hike with my husband. The pictures help me relive great trips we’ve taken together, so my portfolios feature pictures of western Colorado.

There are also shots of southern California, since my mother still lives there, and Utah, since it is a spectacular springtime destination and is not far from Grand Junction.

Sometimes, people ask me for a compilation of my stock photos online. Here are the main sites where I have portfolios. Shutterstock requires a subscription, but the others do not. If you have special needs, email me and I can set up a lightbox for you. I also have thousands of additional shots, some at higher resolutions, stored on my drives. Let me know what you need, and I’ll take a look.

Here’s the list:
Stock Photography by Linda Armstrong
Bigstock (This was my first site. It contains some older shots the others do not include, as well as the new ones.)
Dreamstime
Shutterstock (This is one of my largest portfolios.)
Istock
Veer (This is my newest portfolio. This beautiful site is just getting started. Take a look.)
Featurepics (smallest portfolio)

Winter Flight

a bald eagle flies Bald Eagle in a Tree

Late Winter Flight

Over the blue river
with a cloud-crowned
mesa painted
on the fringe of
the sky, the eagle
gazes out from
frayed branches
of a cottonwood.
Canada geese wedge
up from the south,
lowering their wings
to land in the water.
A robin hops to a weathered
fence above the
icy mud.
Soundless, the eagle glides.

Linda Armstrong 2/1/2010

Rime in Spring

Black Cattle in Snow Icy fog at base of Colorado National Monument

Rime on leaves after a freezing fog

Hoarfrost

Today at lunch, Alden and I took a drive across the base of the Colorado National Monument on the old highway (340). We are between late winter storms and some of the snow that has been hanging around since before Christmas is starting to melt. Freezing fog clung to the banks of the Colorado River, creating a magical scene that transformed itself into a more ordinary one with the first rays of the sun.

Rime in Early Spring

Fog hovers,
silent as a veil
over the coy face
of a virgin,
skimming bare limbs
tenderly,
Glittering them
with fragile
diamonds of ice.
Then, all at once,
the sun.
Everywhere
the rice-like grains
shower down!

Copyright, Linda J.Armstrong
January 30, 2010

Marble

Last week, we left the steaming Grand Valley and drove over McClure Pass to Marble. We visited the massive ruins of the famous old marble mill, now protected in the town park.