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With more than 750 miles of trails in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness to choose from this was an excellent choice. It is the most popular Trans- Beartooth trail in this system but it was hard to resist. We began our trek near the Chief Joseph campground and the Clarks Fork trailhead, just east of Cooke City Montana. http://www.cookecitychamber.org

Once we divided up the gear we added another fifteen to twenty pounds of camera gear rounding our packs at almost 80 pounds each. It was hard to keep balanced. That first mile was just getting use to the added weight.

Backpackers above Dewey Lake

Backpackers Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness

We choose to start our trek on the west side because of the long elevation gain on the East Rosebud side. With our heavy packs it would be better to be hiking downhill the last 16 or so miles.

Just off a foot bridge we could hear a waterfall.  We checked it out for photo possibilities.  One of the new guys to these trails leaned over the wooden rail for a better view and his camp shoes slid off his pack and down thirty feet into the creek. Within seconds his shoes tumbled over the falls another twenty feet.

Dropping our packs we scrambled down the side path next to the falls recovering Buzz’s shoes which added another two pounds to his ordeal. This was our great start to a 30+ mile, seven day hike to the East Rosebud side of the wilderness.

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, covering 920,310 acres, is an administrated unit of the Gallatin National Forest, http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin,

 Custer National Forest, http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/custer and the Shoshone National Forest, http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/shoshone. Both Montana http://www.visitmt.com
and Wyoming http://www.wyomingtoursim.org claim sections of this magnificent wilderness.

Sky Top Lake

Sky Top Lake Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness

This mountain range was named after a jagged mountain peak above Hell Roaring Canyon that resembles a bear’s tooth. The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is one of the largest contiguous road less areas in the United States.

The high granitic plateaus of the Beartooth Mountains contain hundreds of lakes that lie throughout the bald rock and alpine tundra. This is a backpacker’s dream, with more contiguous acreage of alpine tundra above 10,000 feet than any range in the lower 48.

We moved on the trail which lead us past Kersey Lake and up toward Fossil Lake. Panoramic views surrounded us with ragged rock peaks and sheer rock walls that plunged down talus slopes to canyon bottoms.

Fossil Lake is the drainage divide between the Clarks Fork and East Rosebud. During the night at Fossil Lake the northern lights glowed along the horizon to the northeast. The faded green light turned to reddish streaks adding to the mystery of stars that blanketed the big sky.

Dewey Lake Montana

Dewey Lake Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness

On the descent toward East Rosebud we spent a couple of days at Dewey Lake and explored side trails that climbed up to Sky Top Lakes to get views of Granite Peak, Montana’s tallest mountain at 12,807 feet.

Impasse Falls was impressive as it cascaded down the rocky canyon walls. The great diversity of this region really comes into play as the trail crosses paths with dozens of streams, waterfalls and lakes on the descent toward the tiny summer community of Alpine that borders East Rosebud Lake at the trailhead.

The Beartooth’s are very different from its neighbor Yellowstone National Park http://www.yellowstoneparknet.com with so much alpine territory to travel. It is important to allow enough time to enjoy this spectacular country.  Backpackers should allow at least four days. Six or seven days gives one some rest time and opportunities to do some side trails that would expand the experience and soak up the isolation of this wilderness.

Related Posts:
https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/track-of-the-grizzly-bear
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, 2010, All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any manner is prohibited without the written permission of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. My 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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When walking into a healthcare environment what is it that strikes you first? What do your senses evaluate as you make your way to the reception or waiting area?

Are the walls blank and lights harsh?

To most people first impressions say a lot about the care they perceive they will get. Institutional colors and windowless waiting rooms don’t convey care and healing.

Hawaiian King Protea

King Protea 11x17 print

Current studies indicate that healthcare providers can enhance their space and use it as part of their healing efforts by incorporating softer design elements. This creates a feeling of wellness and the perception of quality care.

The healing process has a place for both high tech and a calming human factor. Natural lighting, non canned music, plants and the introduction of quality, aesthetically pleasing photographic prints diminish the clinical feeling. In the Art of Feng Shui, nature images actually can aid the healing process with less stress.

Healing tones of nature can captivate and ease one into a state of relaxation. Familiar scenes like non representational landscapes and floral displays create a soothing ambiance. This in turn has a significant impact to one’s response to medical procedures. Nature prints can slow the heart rate and blood pressure reducing anxiety and tension levels.

Hawaiian Red Proteas

Red Proteas 11x17 print

Using nature imagery as a focal point can make someone feel that time passes more quickly as they get lost in the visual presentation. Positive distractions such as waterfalls, creeks and rivers tend to be positive and reduce muscle tension as viewers drift away into new settings.

Other soft images like rolling landscapes and garden settings that use healing colors and earth tones are also a good source to captivate one’s attention.

In the psychology of color use and the Art of Feng Shui healing the following guide is a suggestion in determining what to display to create a healing atmosphere.

Hawaiian Yellow Proteas

Yellow Proteas 11x17 print

Pink is the color of healing. It is associated with a sense of self-awareness.

Orange can induce tranquility and calmness.

Purple supports mental and physical healing. It has a meditative disposition. 

A color associated with insight and joy is Yellow. This bright color can help lift your mood and enhance a feeling of well being, like the effect of a sunny day.

White promotes love and relationships. It is associated with purity and confidence. Used with gold and silver it generates feelings of calmness. Since white blends with all colors it promotes harmony.

Large uninterrupted areas of white can impart feelings of sterility and starkness. It should be used with caution.

Blue is another calm and soothing color that reflects love and aids in bringing about healing and relaxation. Blue encourages feelings of trust and peace. Blue can promote a mindful, meditative state.

A restful color that supports balance, relief of pain and healing is Green. It can aid in relieving tension and lower blood pressure generating a sense of warmth. All the many shades of green in nature represent regeneration and harmony on an emotional level.

In addition to green, Brown is the most soothing color of nature. Brown evokes a sense of security.

Commonly, abstract images that have sharp angles or make use of intense glaring colors are not very useful for healing practice. Some people can become agitated or confused having to interpret such a photograph. It can create a sense of anxiety for them.

Fine art nature photography can present a very positive energy distraction when displayed in healing environments.

This theme of incorporating nature indoors through photography supports a comfortable ambience not just in health care facilities but also in your home, work place, conference rooms and public spaces in general.

Related Posts:

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2010/1/12/what-can-orange-do-for-you?/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/purple-an-element-of-fire/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/can-color-photgraphs-enhance-positive-feelings-of-well-being?/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/photography-and-feng-shui-for-interior-design/

Photographs used in this post are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography, 2010, All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any manner is prohibited without the written permission of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. My 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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Vibrant wall décor can promote a higher level of upbeat energy in your surroundings. If you are looking for vivid accent colors try a photographic print that will give you’re psyche a little boost in concentration or inspire a strong sense of purpose in your home space or work environment.

In the art of Feng Shui placement the color orange, which is a mix of yellow and red, could be what you are looking for. In this ancient practice of presentation and channeling of positive energies in one’s life, orange, has been established as the color that best symbolizes these affirmative energy levels.

Double Orange Poppy profile garden flower

Double Orange Poppy 11x17 Print

Orange is a pretty strong fire color but it is definitely less aggressive than red. Obviously an orange painted wall may still be a bit much for most situations however an orange accent image or a triptych series of Giclee prints on watercolor paper or canvas can bring in an awareness of a fire element that is needed to add a cheerful tone to social conversations and good time feelings.

Certainly, this is a subtle thing. Just because you display a print that has a large area of orange does not mean that suddenly you will have greater powers of concentration and your get-togethers’ will be more joyous. It is in combination with other Feng Shui practices that illustrate how you really can target energy flows.

In winter to many people the color orange reminds them of a fire’s glow and a cheerful feeling is expressed when viewing images that employ this tone. Orange is actually a soft color and is easy to live with.  Warm amber light from sunsets streaming in your windows or incandescent lighting can illuminate its nurturing feelings and give a real spark to orange accent pieces.

Garden patch double orange poppies

Double Orange Poppy Patch 11x17 print

An easy way to incorporate orange and nature images into your space is through the use of flowers like these Oriental Double Poppies shown here. Poppies, too, have their own symbols and uses.

Poppies have been cultivated for thousands of years as ornamental garden plants. They include many other colors besides orange and range from dark solids to soft pastels of many shades. Their long stems and large cup shaped flowers are a lively, playful feature in any garden as they dance in the breeze.

So if you have a preference for warm florals try featuring a bit of orange in the form of Giclee prints that can contribute to increased energy levels and build a natural atmosphere that is mentally stimulating and sociable. They will get people talking.

Related Posts:

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/purple-an-element-of-fire/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/can-color-photgraphs-enhance-positive-feelings-of-well-being?/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/photography-and-feng-shui-for-interior-design/

Photographs used in this post are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography, 2010, All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any manner is prohibited without the written permission of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. My 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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Even though the winter season has just begun, it seems cold weather has held me captive in my home for days.  I didn’t realize how long it had been since I took the time to get out into the mountains. Seeing as it was the first of the year, I felt it was time to process the activities of the past months and try to gain some perspective.

As with most creative people there are spells of inactivity mixed with procrastination and a lull in motivation levels.  I am a photojournalist and fine art nature photographer. When life runs smooth I go through the elation of being in the moment with my work. A bad day has me feeling depressed for letting my conscious voice get the best of me.

At times we are centered in a down flow of a creative energy wave that can be costly to your personal life. It can interfere with business distracting you from your expressive goals as an artist. It can build walls and lead relationships away from your desired objective as with family.

Not everyone in the world understands how the torment of one’s own negative thoughts or how someone else’s simple actions can strike like bolts of lightning and can disable your creative spirit for long periods of time. Things happen.

The energies that define creativity are fragile. They can lift you high or slap you silly. When we are stripped down to basics, if necessary, we start again to rediscover who we really are and why we do what we do.

For some people their art is the, “only”,  aspiration they can see. It’s like a set of blinders that directs your life no matter the cost.

Winter Gallatin River

Winter frost Gallatin River

So with all these enchanting thoughts rolling around my head I drove up Gallatin Canyon towards Big Sky this morning. Snow coverage is light to moderate so far this winter with only a twelve inch base built up on the river banks.  At first light it was just plain cold, five below. With the humidity at the river I felt a few shivers up my spine.

Days like this, when I seek renewal, I find comfort in being outdoors. Fresh air and a bit of vitamin D from sunshine is enough to regain some confidence in spirit and nurture a few creative thoughts.

A light wind kept hoar frost from building up on most trees except for a fifty yard swathe near the mouth of the canyon.  Pines on the east side of the river bank were draped in the purity of white with blue sky and river reflections.

No cars or trucks. No birds singing, only a pair of Bald Eagles that nest nearby watched curiously in silence as I labored through the snow. Once, I stood at the water’s edge, I could hear the river speak in muffled tones as small ice flows crashed into boulders and burst into tiny fragments dissolving into the continuous flow.  It was a welcoming metaphor, a peaceful, eternal greeting.

A minute of breathing deep and feeling centered, my thoughts expand and fuse with the stream’s currant. Together, in concert with the river, I extended my reach to grab a slippery rock. It is an alluring vision of a real Photographer’s, (Artist’s), life.  

Somehow, the visual mix of free flowing water and its’ song rushing on the rocks is what I needed to fuel anticipation again and get prepared.

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Photographs used in this post are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography, 2010, All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any manner is prohibited without the written permission of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. My image catalog can be viewed at http://www.rangeofvisionphotos.com. You can contact me through this blog or email at: wayne@rangeofvisionphotos.com

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