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Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice and system of aesthetics that utilizes chi or Qi, energy, from both heaven and earth to improve life by receiving and directing this energy into your lifestyle including your home and office environment.

This aesthetics system is made up of five elements: earth, fire, metal, wood and water. These elements dominate your environment and since we live in a colorful world different colors are an expression of each component.

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Color and item placement gives us a sense of harmony and balance. We can open our lives to positive energy by displaying Feng Shui colors related to the elements in our living and work space.

Combined with photographic images, Feng Shui broadens this spectrum of harmony and balance with a greater sensory appeal. Inspirational nature photography specifically brings outdoor grandeur indoors with splashes of positive energy.

According to Fen Shui practice there are two types of energy, yin and yang. Yin energy is passive and promotes a calm relaxing environment. Yang is a more agitated source of non-passive energy.

Waterfall Energy Flow - Giclee Print

Waterfall Energy Flow - Giclee Print

Yin colors are black, blue, white, pink, purple and green.

Yang colors are orange, maroon, red brown, yellow, tan, beige, mauve and gold.

What do color elements mean?

Fire color elements: Colors associated with the element of fire are of course red, then orange, yellow, purple, pink and violet.

Pink is the color of healing. It is associated with deep feelings of self-respect and a personal sense of self-awareness.

Sunburst Dahlia Panorama Giclee Print

Sunburst Dahlia Panorama Giclee Print

 Red promotes wealth and prosperity. A most active color it is associated with fame, happiness, love and relationships. Red generates strength within an individual. Too much of this stimulating color encourages aggression, fear and anger. Think of this balance when using red in wall décor presentation.

Another yang color is orange and can be used to strengthen creativity and concentration. It is a positive color that promotes enthusiasm and ambition. Too much leads to restlessness and nervousness.

Purple Irises - Giclee Print

Purple Irises - Giclee Print

 

Purple supports mental and physical healing. It is a calming color and is associated with spiritual awareness, dignity and wisdom.

A more soothing color of a spiritual nature is violet. It has a soothing nature and can help calm symptoms of mental illness and hunger. Too much of this color advances prejudice and a sense of snobbery.

 A color associated with insight, creativity, joy and wisdom is yellow. This bright color can help lift you mood and enhance a feeling of well being.

Earth Element Colors

Pale earth tones are unifying and can be used anywhere.

Metal Element Colors

Colors that are associated with metal are white, silver, gold and grey. Gold is associated with wealth, wisdom and prosperity. It encourages good health and success. Grey stabilizes and has a calming effect because it is neutral. 

White Cup and Saucer - Giclee Print

White Cup and Saucer - Giclee Print

White promotes creativity, love and relationships. It is associated with travel, purity and confidence. Used with gold and silver it generates calmness. Since white blends with all colors it promotes harmony and purity. Too much white gives an unfriendly feeling.

Water Element Colors

Black and blue are associated with the element of water. Black is associated with knowledge, life paths and skills. Used with metals it promotes money. It is the color of power and emotional protection. 

The yin color of energy is blue. Blue is calm and soothing. It reflects love and aids in bringing about healing and relaxation. Blue promotes feelings of trust and peace. Blue is linked with adventure and travel exploration.

Aspen Grove - Giclee Print

Aspen Grove - Giclee Print

Wood Element Colors

Allied with the element of wood are the colors of green and brown. Brown is linked with security and safety.

 Green is a restful color that supports balance, relief of pain and healing. Too much green can lead to depression, selfishness and jealousy.

So in theory the stronger the color the less you need to achieve what your intent is. Colors are used to attain specific energy levels, to enhance and to maintain. Large areas should be pale with smaller surfaces reserved for accent colors. If you do not like a certain color do not use it with your décor. Personal preferences are just as important in realizing your desired decorating purposes.

Buddha Statue - Giclee Print

Buddha Statue - Giclee Print

I have used photographic images of nature to illustrate color meanings involved with Feng Shui. Incorporating nature indoors helps create a comfortable ambience in your home, the work place, health care facilities, conference rooms and public spaces in general.

All photographs used in this entry are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography, All Rights Reserved 2009. Reproduction or use of any kind is prohibited without the written permission of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. Gallery  images can be viewed at www.rangeofvisionphotos.com.  Contact: wayne@rangeofvisionphotos.com.

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I was packing up my gear getting ready to travel home.

All morning we photographed garden flowers in my brother’s yard. Forget-me-nots were lush. This year they overflowed from each of his five raised sections of plant life. Blue, bluer and faint purple, like a carpet, they filled even the pathways glowing and saturated in recognition of the warm spring day.

Forget-me-nots - Giclee watercolor print

Forget-me-nots - Giclee watercolor print

We could not have ordered up a better day.

Excited by the flower growth and choice light we scrambled with our gear not wanting to lose the chance to record something great. We recognized the rush simultaneously. “I think we’re supposed to breathe.” I said.

“I am breathing,” was the faint response. We laughed taking a moment to become centered and aware of the situation.

It is easy to always shoot the same type of image. It is like imitating yourself as you try to make an artful composition where all the elements come together before your lens. But what we really want is not to have a preconceived idea of what to look for. It seems the trick is just to be aware of the circumstances and respond with heightened senses to what presents itself before your camera.

Red Poppy - Giclee watercolor print

Red Poppy - Giclee watercolor print

I don’t know of another way to avoid the standard clichés of flower photography.

We waded through the garden watching the light run over the thick undergrowth giving shadowy edges to each leaf and blossom. Every shade of blue was present in the gleaming forget-me-nots. You did not know where to place your focus our subject was almost too busy with thousands of tiny blossoms each calling to our attention.

It was the iris’ leafy blades that set the direction. Sharp, flat and a constant green brought dimension to these mini landscapes. They offset the texture and color of the floral bouquet with flat triangles, ribbons and wedges.

It was funny we each had different lenses but interacted with the moment and the light in the same manner. We worked the situation, refined the composition, sharpened the focus and sometimes moved on without tripping the shutter. Close up, medium and close up again shutters opened and closed. We could sense our smiles without looking at each other.

Patience ruled the shoot.

Fire Tulips - Giclee watercolor 8x24 panorama

Fire Tulips - Giclee watercolor 8x24 panorama

Brilliant red orange fire tulips were explosive with color like hot iron, radiant, in a blacksmith’s hearth. Yellow red tulips the size of baseballs edged with backlight were inspirational against a weathered grey fence. One lone yellow Westpoint Tulip constantly trembled in the slight breeze always wobbling on its fifteen inch stem.

All of this color and variety gave way to the luminous white and soft peddled plum blossoms just above our heads. We had kept our view down and actually backed into a low lying branch before recognizing another viable composition.

Two hours later, time had absorbed our senses and claimed about a hundred new images. The warm sunlight became harsh and midday winds picked up. We felt exhausted from our concentrated efforts.

Bleeding Hearts - Giclee watercolor print

Bleeding Hearts - Giclee watercolor print

The rest of the day moved on in a less creative mode and as things began to wind down before I had to leave for home we took another turn in the garden talking about the late afternoon light. Shadows had shifted and those colors and edges popped again.

I had to unpack my gear. It was like a whole new encounter. Same subject different views and a more refined approach to composition raised that level of joy and satisfaction all over again.Being open, staying for the light, resulted in a new 8×24 inch Giclee panorama of those glowing Fire Tulips, backlit, dramatic and a peaceful end to the day.

All in all I figured it was well worth the three hour drive back home in the crisp night mountain air with my moon roof open counting the stars dreaming without thought.

All images are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, 2009, All Rights Reserved. No image may be linked to or downloaded without the written authorization of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. Prints and or scans are available for purchase or lease. An image catalog can be viewed on my web site at http://www.rangeofvisionphotos.com
Please contact me through email: wayne@rangeofvisionphotos.com

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I have been doing walking meditations each day, mostly out a dirt road where a spring pond attracts geese, ducks, song birds with an occasional heron or fox. Almost always I’ll see a hawk soaring above watching for gofers that scurry from hole to hole.

But today I was in town doing laundry, not a real fun thing to do on beautiful Saturdays. Morning light was soft and the Rocky Mountain air very fresh and incredibly clear. I followed a walkway up into a grove of aspen and cottonwood trees all paved and park-like.

Several flower gardens were waking, catching those early morning rays of sunlight. 

With walking meditations the idea is to plant your steps so that your feet massage the earth and your breath is timed, breathing in at the count of two, exhaling on the count of two, very rhythmic and mindful. It is most important to be mindful of your breathing. It forces you to be centered in the here and now moment.

3 Bunny Tails - 11x17 Giclee Print

3 Bunny Tails - 11x17 Giclee Print

Two Downey woodpeckers danced through the air chasing each other expressing their song of lust. They stayed a good twenty yards ahead of me flitting from tree to tree calling out. I smiled.

The narrow sidewalk wound through the trees and crossed a small rustling stream with a wooden footbridge. The aspens and cottonwood surrounded several acres of townhouses that almost blended in. It was so quiet. In the middle of town it was an oasis for song birds, quaking aspens and the creek gurgling over smooth rocks and an occasional broken limb filling the air with peace.

I did my concentrated paces from one end of the complex to the other breathing from the belly, smiling from the heart.

Pink Gladiolus - 11x17 Giclee Print

Pink Gladiolus - 11x17 Giclee Print

A pair of scarlet Taningers waited for me at the exit path, as I crossed the footbridge, with their bright yellow bodies, red heads and a compelling morning song. They too chased each other from bridge to tree limb down to the creek.

I left the grove of trees and townhouses refreshed, picked up my laundry and headed home to photograph in my garden, mindful of the opportunity of a morning smile.

All images are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, 2009, All Rights Reserved. No image may be linked to or downloaded without the written authorization of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. Prints and or scans are available for purchase or lease. Please contact me through email: wayne@rangeofvisionphotos.com or through my image catalog web site at http://www.rangeofvisionphotos.com
 

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Do you ever think about color and how it affects your life?

Do you ever see red or feel blue? Some people are said to turn green with envy. These are real changes that happen to our body’s aura or electro-magnetic field.  Studies show that color and its use can alter our emotions.

So what is color?

An easy definition is just the quality of light.

But with sunny days or cloudy days the quality of light changes and has many variations.  Light waves or vibrations are constantly moving. Even though we do not notice most of the time light rays are always dancing in and around everything.

Flower Flair - Giclee Print

Flower Flair - Giclee Print

Many people believe that color is life and that color is an expression of the divine.

Ancient civilizations studied the power and influence of color. They used color in their healing and religious practices. Think of the saturated hues used in temples and palaces.

High priests and priestesses from China, India and Egypt developed the science of color based upon the nature of man and the sun’s bright spectrum of light. So these fundamental laws of cosmic energy we know as color have always been around.

Healers and shamans used principles of cosmic energy and color to heal many ailments.

We understand that disease means a lack of harmony within the body. Chromo therapy and its use, is a means of bringing balance back to the body through the use of colored light.

In the 1930’s, a scientist named Ghadiali, developed several theories about the therapeutic effects of colored light and the role it plays upon our bodies.He wrote about how color represents different chemical reactions in the high vibrations of light. Each color he stated can stimulate or inhibit how one’s system works. If you understand how different colors work on ones organs, then in theory, you can apply the right color light to balance that system or organ and then condition it.

Palm Leaf - Giclee Print

Palm Leaf - Giclee Print

If you live in a healthy state, you are conditioned or balanced with light energy.

When the balance is off you are known to be in a state of dis-ease. Restoring the balance is what color therapy is all about.

All living things get energy from the sun and its light wave vibrations. All known elements are found in the energy of the sun.

These elements and chemicals are all contained in white light. The sun emits white light energies into the atmosphere and life is then sustained or charged by it.

We have all heard about auras that surround and penetrate our bodies. They absorb white light and divide it into different color energies. With humans there are two activities working all the time. They are called catabolism and anabolism.

Anabolism builds and repairs. Catabolism eliminates waste products from the body. Good health is a balance between these two processes and is called metabolism.

The scientist Ghadiali found that the color red is a construction color. It stimulates the liver and red blood cells. Violet works on the spleen and is the color of catabolism or destruction.

So red stimulates the liver and is at one end of the color spectrum. Violet is at the other end of the visible spectrum. He found that green is the balancing or central color. This is great for the pituitary gland, which controls all the other glands, which affect the entire body.

Red, green and violet are the primary color waves used in Chromo therapy.

Purple Iris 8x24 Giclee Panorama

Purple Iris 8x24 Giclee Panorama

Why use color therapy at all when we have so many drugs and medicines? Well are the drugs natural? Is putting unnatural things into your body a good thing? Do drugs really balance out the body? Do they just work on the symptoms? With things unbalanced and we use drugs, are there then drug-induced illnesses?

People react differently to the same drugs. Many people are allergic to different ones. At least with Chromo therapy there are no harmful effects. Drugs treat symptoms while color therapy treats the imbalance itself.

It is thought that applying color treatments instead of drugs can be a constructive activity without any destructive effect.

Pushing - Salisphy Giclee Print

Pushing - Salisphy Giclee Print

Today the medical profession uses light from the spectrum just below and above visible light energies. Doctors use ultra-violet and infrared rays. Used for too long a period of time either one can cause damage to body tissue. The worst that can happen with light from the visible spectrum might be a slight accentuation of the problem in the first place.

So since there can really be no problems using Chromo therapy, don’t be afraid of it. Do a little fun research. Add a little green light into your life.

In expanding thoughts related to photography and light are there relationships with color and recorded image that can have a similar effect on the body’s imbalances?

Many health care facilities use large Giclee and photographic display prints of nature and abstract images of bold colors to help induce a sense of calm and a healing environment for their patients.

Some interior designers using Feng Shui use color photography in print and transparency formats to shape and enhance the flow of chi or positive energy in the home or office space with wall décor.

All images are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, 2009, All Rights Reserved. No image may be linked to or downloaded without the written authorization of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. Prints and or scans are available for purchase or lease. Please contact me through email: wayne@rangeofvisionphotos.com or through my image catalog web site at http://www.rangeofvisionphotos.com

 

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As quick as the snapping of a pine branch just a few yards behind us, Tom yelled bear and his horse bolted after the grizzly that stepped out onto the trail. With a shot of adrenalin my horse came alive and like a rocket blasted off following Tom into the forest racing toward the dark brown blur sprinting away.

My heart pounded in my throat. Blue the appaloosa I was riding was all fearless energy. In unison we jumped a log running at full throttle. I ducked hugging Blue’s mane when a thick aspen branch took a shot at my head and remained fluid in the saddle. I was thrilled beyond belief.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

It lasted a mere thirty seconds. The grizzly bear disappeared in the thick pine growth. We pulled up to a halt, still whooping and hollering at the bear, having chased him away from our camp area.

We were five days into a spectacular pack trip in the Monument section of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Tom Heintz, who owns Medicine Lake Outfitters, www.medicinelakeoutfitters.com, and a long time friend, invited me to do some exploring before the summer season began so we could get some new photos he could use for publicity.

Just the night before during a full moon I saw the silhouette of that bear appear across my tent. I sat up suddenly shaking in my sleeping bag. When he reached the door of my tent the whole side folded in and quickly popped back out. Then silence.

I don’t know how long I sat there waiting for his entry but there was nothing. The next morning after telling Tom about the almost invasion he noticed the claw marks down the rain fly of my dome tent. It was like a telling scar. Proof I was not dreaming.

It marked the importance of keeping a clean camp and respecting wilderness rules.

Monument Unit Lee Metcalf Wilderness

Monument Unit Lee Metcalf Wilderness

We continued a more calm exploration of a rocky ridge and found ourselves with an excellent view out on a precipice with three sides that plummeted several hundred feet to a valley below and figured it was a great place for lunch.

Dismounted we walked the horses to the edge reliving the excitement of the chase. Looking back toward the trail we had just came from we both realized where we were and how vulnerable the situation was if that pissed off bear returned to chase us.

We were out of there in seconds with nervous laughter in the air and another adventurous memory.

For more information on the Lee Metcalf Wilderness contact the Gallatin National Forest at 406-587-2520 or http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin/

Related Posts:
https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/02/28/lee-metcalf-wilderness
https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/03/14/absaroka-beartooth-wilderness

Photographs used in this post are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography, 2009, All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any manner is prohibited without the written permission of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. An image catalog can be viewed at http://www.rangeofvisionphotos.com . You can contact me through this blog or through email at: wayne@rangeofvisionphotos.com

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