Schooner Gulch Beach, Mendocino County

by Gail Horvath
We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.
— Anais Nin

Inspired by a birthday gift of Eliot Porter's masterful nature photography I combed Schooner Gulch Beach, imagining the keen eye of Porter as I peered down into the richly patterned rock crevices along the water's edge. A magical sequence of stone altars sprang from playing with textured details within this image. See if you can find the source of the following images from the original above!

stone mandala

To learn more about my Kaleidoscope project go here.

Turning it on its head...

by Gail Horvath

We were out with friends on the San Francisco Bay for a celebratory, I'm Glad to be Alive cruise. The night was perfect and rare...warm, crystal clear. And what disappointment to see the annoying blur of my eager attempts to capture the night lights of our beautiful city — not enough light for my unsteady camera under the ship's constant movement. However, I have learned that where there is challenge there is opportunity. So I flipped the situation on its head and began to intentionally play with the slow capture of light. I think you will agree these three photographs reflect a decidedly unique and magical perspective of our grand Bay Bridge! —Gail

Dedicated to Aaron - may you live a very long life!

White Feathers

by Gail Horvath

What is it about finding feathers that is so much akin to the treasured discovery of a lucky penny or a four leaf clover? We bend over, pick it up, examine its unique color or pattern, imagine what kind of bird it came from, stick it in our hat or release it back into the wind. Even a plain white feather holds potential for a bit of magic...

— Gail