Angels as Guardians

Angel Guardian at a Cemetery

Silence and atmosphere in a cemetery is very different from being in the forest. As with anywhere I take photographs, or where I walk or hike, I step carefully, I listen, and I allow my instincts to direct me.

In a cemetery, there’s this undercurrent of human whispering, which you can sense in the wind as it blows through the branches, in the cool feel of a marble statue or bench, the hard edges of mosaic laid into the ground, the smooth edges of new tombstone, or the the roughened, weathered edges of one created a century ago.

History and lives lived cling closely to the experience of walking among the remembrances of the departed. It is a place that reminds one to live each day to the fullest, to live it mindfully, and not take life for granted.

Photography, for me, isn’t just about taking pictures, it’s about the experience created behind each photograph I take. It’s about the emotion brought forth. It’s all about the captured moment.

This image, combined with several other angel images, is available as a downloadable digital sheet of journal cards in my Etsy shop.

Bolete Mushrooms

Bolete Mushrooms

Living in the Pacific Northwest, another of my favorite subjects in the fall and winter are mushrooms. There are all shapes and sizes to be found almost anywhere you look.

There can be a magical and mystical element ever present when hiking or on a picture-taking odessy into the woods. I can be walking along, searching, and not see a one. Then, suddenly, I see one, just one. And then all of a sudden I can see them everywhere. It’s like this magical veil is removed from my eyes on whim from the fairie world, beyond our usual scope of what we see.

This can often happen for me in nature, because it feels like a whole other world beyond our fast-paced, technologically-savvy existence. It’s using different senses, different instincts. And it trully is magical.

This image can be purchased in my Etsy store as an ACEO collectible card.

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shovelers

The Northern Shoveler is somewhat of a dabbler duck. Favors broad, shallow marshes. Often found using its large bill to strain insects and seeds from the water.

Caught here at rest and contemplation, but often seen with bill to water ferreting out their prizes as they move with purpose. Interesting to observe as they have developed a rhythm of circling, bill immersed in water as they hunt. Like watching a syncopated dance on water, especially with a pair such as this.

This image currently available for purchase at: https://www.zazzle.com/pacific_northwest_shoveler_ducks_postcard_2978_postcard-239347444273991466

From the Unplug Collection

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One of the images included in my 2018 Autumn Collection, “Unplug.”

Unplug
Unplug
2018 Autumn Collec…
By T. A. Gallup
Photo book

 

 

Unplug. Open up, unclog, clear away. Reveal and free up…

This busy world can leave a person frozen and totally blocked as the world whizzes by, making us feel dizzy and clogged with activity, city smog, worldly clanging noises, trying to stuff more and more into our brains, into our phones, into our life. Stop now! Take a breath. Ease in, ease out. There’s no better place to escape, than into the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forests infused with a primitive, magical silence and scents and sounds that refill the well. Step back, breathe, set that phone aside come with TA Gallup, along the trail, and see what the photographer sees when she gets outside and lets nature have its healing way, and emerge refreshed and invigorated, able to see through the noise once again.

More than 100 images predominantly from Thurston and Lewis Counties, of Washington state’s temperate rain forest experience as the photographer sees it, and photographs it, both intimate moments and breathtaking landscape vistas. Colors that spark the imagination, walks that ignite inspiration. Unplug. Open up, unclog, clear away. Reveal and free up… This busy world can leave a person frozen and totally blocked as the world whizzes by, making us feel dizzy and clogged with activity, city smog, worldly clanging noises, trying to stuff more and more into our brains, into our phones, into our life. Stop now! Take a breath. Ease in, ease out. There’s no better place to escape, than into the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forests infused with a primitive, magical silence and scents and sounds that refill the well. Step back, breathe, set that phone aside join TA Gallup, along the trail, and see what the photographer sees when she gets outside and lets nature have its healing way, and emerge refreshed and invigorated, able to see through the noise once again. More than 100 images predominantly from Thurston and Lewis Counties, of the Washington state temperate rain forest experience as the photographer sees it, and photographs it, both intimate moments and breathtaking landscape vistas. Colors that spark the imagination, walks that ignite inspiration.