Here we are at the edges again. The creek overflowing onto the rich earth, buds swelling on the tips of branches, patchy tufts of green grass, the sun falling away. This sepia-toned world won’t last too long now.
I had trouble finding a way to mark this particular transition but I kept working at it. A single image wasn’t working so I made some in-camera double exposures. One frame with movement and one without. Sort of like layering a quick sketch and a detailed drawing. Somehow this came closer to capturing the allure of the in-between.
Today is Earth Day, and many of the same issues that fueled the first Earth day in 1970 are just as immediate as they were 44 years ago. We are still on the edges of possibility.
© Karen McRae, 2014
83 thoughts on “The Creek’s Edge”
Thank you, Kat.
This is so dreamy – thank you for marking this instance of cusp.
Cusp is such a great word. Thank you, Helen.
Very nice, moody shots.
Thank you, Ken. It’s a lovely little creek tucked away in the city.
Once again, stunning…
Thanks very much, Russ.
So beautiful, Karen – yes, the edges, again…and the possibilities, again… (…smiling…)
Living on the edge(s)… Thanks, smiling here too.
Oh my gosh – that is so beautiful!
Thank you, Hazel!
and yes, it seams we are always at limit, in the edges!
Yes, maybe there are more edges than surfaces…? Hmm.
Thanks very much!
So beautiful Karen!
Thank you, Shari! We’ll have a green world soon and I think I’ll miss all those sepia tones.
Searching for words, I believe “on the edge” is perfect. Beautiful, thanks for sharing.
I sigh. In the murk and muck of the too concrete world today I needed this bit of dreamland made real. Thank you.
Thank you, Jen. : )
I’m happy you think so, thank you, Dan.
i love the blurry trees – very ghostly
Thanks, Tin Roof. I’m having a lot of fun playing with double exposures.
Almost like the trees are a dream on the very real landscape…cool.
Thank you, Mike .
The metaphor and the literal edges -brilliant. Perfect for today though compelling every day.
Thanks for your kind comment, Elena. : )
Du Grand Art, encore et encore!
Bravo Karen and a beautiful day!
A beautiful day to you also, Meho!
Thank you very much : )
These are phenomenally wonderful – I just love the way you handle these double exposures and the effects you are achieving!
I love that you think that, Christian, thank you!
I’m really enjoying working with this technique.
So mystical – I’m looking for fairies!
Thank you! The last time I saw fairies was in the autumn, I’m sure they’ll return soon: https://drawandshoot.me/2013/11/14/dances-in-light/
These are so beautiful!
Thank you! : )
Just absolutely stunning.
Thank you, Nita!
Georgious! I like the doubleexposures and the silence. You inspire me, Karen😊
You inspire me too, Gro! : )
Thanks very much.
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“…on the edges of possibility”, indeed – so well said and artistically shown! 🙂
Hi Marina, thanks for your kind comments. : )
Such lovely images! I absolutely love them.
Thank you, Isabel! Much thanks for your kind words. : )
I love it!
Thank you, Sarah.
Very special way to create the image —- the end result is very beautiful !
I like them.
So, so beautiful. You’ve given the images such a painterly feel, as if you’ve smudged them with your fingers.
so alive in their mystery. Thank you Karen.
Mesmerizing, they’ve a very magnetic beauty.
The hypnotic allure of this stark budding beauty is so comforting.
really beautiful pictures…
These are stunning images.
They are profoundly still and in motion at the same moment. You have captured not just the edge of the creek and the season but the edge of one moment passing into another. This ‘liminality’, being on the threshold of one thing and another, shouts about possibility and change. That is so hard to do in a photo but you’ve done it beautifully. I do mundane reportage but you do sublime reportage!
I really like the way you craft your images to transform the vision/wish of what you want to create into a complete work.
Breathtaking and magical, Karen!
Those trees are just haunting, Karen. Beautiful.
Wow! Incredibly beautiful images!!
Stunning shots Kare, especially the first. So very atmospheric.
Wow, you are so creative. Gorgeous. Stunning. Poetic.
Hi Karen! Seeing the top image here on Freshly Pressed really impressed me, and seeing it again now, larger and more at my leisure, I’m even more impressed. Looking at it as a whole, rather than considering its component parts, it strikes me as painterly and mysterious, and almost pallid too. I love the combination of the pale, misty blue-greys and the various browns. For me, this is right up there with the very best things you’ve done – congratulations! Adrian
Very inspiring shots (again). I like the density, the power of those pictures to have color and light transformed into sounds and smells when I look at them for a good while.
Superb muted colours that are enticing and magical.
Just gorgous Karen. Clever use of double exposure. There results are superb!
Gorgeous images, beautifully felt.
wordless, all feeling..I can hear music in these images..just lovely Karen..
These are so atmospheric and suggestive – I can almost smell the peatiness! Fantastic.
Love these double exposures, Karen — I need to learn how to do this!
I love the “mystery” of this..awesome!
Beautiful image. Looks like time travel. Love it.
An interesting technique, which works so beautifully.
You continue to amaze me with the artful ways in which you both see and process images. Fabulous.
stunning and magical play…stillness in motion…
This is a really beautifully thought out post, Karen – bravo!
The photos have this amazing freshness in them. And also I agree with people above, they are “magical”!.
This is beautiful.
Nice, love the atmosphere
Beautiful Karen… I still haven’t got around to experimenting with double exposures but I will !