Category Archives: nature photography

From Fine Art Photo to Wearable Art

When I set Nature as the Pole Star to guide my fashion design work with VIDA, I began combing through my digital archives to find my most arresting images.  The old photographers’ proverb never proved truer: for every really good “hit,” there are 10,000+ “misses.” Fortunately, in the huge haystack of pictures from my travels to Delaware, I found the sharp needle that is this post’s “Featured Image” and the artwork now featured on my “Autumn’s Mirror” set of accessories.

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The VIDA Statement Bag, featuring bold, vivid prints, complete with genuine cow-hide leather straps, leather base, and trims, is the most coveted VIDA accessory of the year. The optical illusion of my “Bear Swamp Mirror” print—is it an abstract pattern or a natural illustration?—will turn heads and spark conversations – around town or across the world.
VIDA’s chic custom printed Leather Statement Clutch features a top zip closure and removable wristlet strap. This versatile accessory can be used as a wallet, tucked within the matching VIDA Statement Bag, or carried alone when you want to travel light.
With an opulent blend of Cashmere and Silk – featuring the optical illusions of my unique, stunning artwork – you can wear this beautiful scarf indoors or out, day or night, to elevate any wardrobe all season and year-long.

Please visit my VIDA website to see my complete collection of wearable art women’s and unisex fashions. The Gifting Season is coming!

New Adventures in Fashion Design!

I recently accepted the invitation of VIDA Design Studio to create a line of personal and home fashion products featuring my original digital images. I’ve enjoyed an inspiring first week in this exciting relationship, discovering new creative possibilities for making fresh art out of familiar photographs. I want my VIDA work to support the core mission of Changing Woman Photography: that is, to raise your mindfulness of our planet’s fragile natural beauty and its importance as our shared and only home.  When you buy and wear or use any of my VIDA creations, you support both my message of environmental conservation and VIDA’s mission “to rebuild commerce – for the mindful, global citizens of the modern world.”

Because having access to fresh, clean water is becoming an ever more pressing issue for nearly everyone, regardless of your situation in a “developed” or “developing” nation, I created the “Bubbling Water” fabric pattern for VIDA’s sleeveless top and yoga capri pants.

This top, cut with a flattering A-line and a rounded asymmetric hem, will make you look and feel effortlessly beautiful – day or night.

My “Bubbling Water Blouse” will be custom made in the size you specify upon order. The design appears only on the front of the blouse, but the solid white back assures this versatile piece will coordinate easily with other elements of your wardrobe.

Original artwork embellishes our four-way stretch, mid-rise printed capri pants designed to make you stand out at the gym, in the studio, or on the go. Each capri legging is hand-cut and made in California.

I made the “Bubbling Water” pattern by manipulating the size and colors of a flawed experiment at photographing bubbles in the turbulence where water fell into a pond. Say, isn’t that “upcycling,” turning trash into treasure?

My “Bubbling Water Capris” are also custom made to your size, but they feature the fabric pattern front and back.  I priced both pieces at the lowest retail allowed at VIDA, but VIDA’s flexible pricing system means that larger sizes pay more because more raw materials are used to manufacture the clothing. As a plus-sized, environmentally conscious woman, I’m learning to see that business model as fair for custom-made clothing.

I hope you follow this post’s links to my online studio at VIDA, to check out these “Bubbling Water” products and other fabric patterns and clothing styles I’m currently offering.  I also extend you an invitation to collaborate in creating your custom-made clothing by choosing a Changing Woman image you want to be featured on your purchase. You can use that website’s contact form to start our conversation about your project. Meanwhile, I’ll be using this blog to post updates as I learn more about working with VIDA.  Until next time!

Flowers and Light: Datura

The datura bush in my front yard is blooming now. Flowering is not new to this plant: as a tender perennial, it regrew from roots that did not freeze last winter and in early summer sported a few blossoms to celebrate being alive again. Since then, it has become a gargantuan, spreading mass, taking over its end of the flower bed and swallowing the sidewalk to my front door. A homeowner more hospitable than I would have cut the bush back to clear the path, but once I saw the hundred or so buds poking through the broad green leaves, I chose Beauty over neighborliness. For just a few days this week, I get to host a flower show’s profusion of large, trumpet-shaped white flowers. They bloom at night and glow in the indirect light of early morning, before wilting and dying under the afternoon sun. The next morning’s bloom presents an entirely new set of fresh flowers.

The bright light of midday bleaches the flowers of color: they appear simply white. Photographing them in the early morning, before direct sun touches them, reveals pale hints of lavendar at the fringe and pointy tips of the trumpets’ edges.  At this time of day, the flowers behave like stained glass, painting the light that bounces around them and passes through them with prismatic color. Photo editing can exaggerate this effect.

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Boosting vibrance and saturation pulls more pink and blue out of the white flower. Manipulating image highlights reveals texture and cellular structure in the soft, fragile trumpet. When I produce photos that make these blooms glow with an eerie light, I find a new perspective on the flower known as “sacred datura.” See more at my Sacred Datura Gallery.

Calling All Stargazers!

Welcome to April 14, the day before Income Tax Day here in the US. For those who are celebrating having filed their tax forms, who are needing stress relief to meet tomorrow’s deadline, or who enjoy having any excuse to party under the stars, the universe at midnight (PDT) gives the gift of a lunar eclipse.

One feature making this eclipse special is its totality’s visibility to most of the United States; only our friends in far-west Alaska and New England will see a partial eclipse. Notably, most of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East won’t see an eclipse at all.

The more unusual feature is this eclipse’s position as the first in a tetrad of lunar eclipses, the second tetrad of 8 such sequences occurring this century. Whether you believe this lunar eclipse and its tetrad signify “The End Times” or you appreciate it as a natural phenomenon of our amazing cosmos, you might decide it’s worthwhile being a little sleepy at work or school tomorrow to go out and observe tonight’s spectacular sky show.

For those who prefer a good night’s rest, Changing Woman offers this post’s title image of a beautiful earthbound “Stargazer” for your meditation and enjoyment.

A Discovery in My Backyard Wilderness

During a recent storm, the ancient, huge prickly pear cactus behind our backyard shed collapsed. Fortunately, with my holiday break from teaching, I had plenty of time to complete the cleanup. Just yesterday, I finished the chore by raking up the cactus, leaf, and trash litter that had collected behind the shed. Just beyond the tip of the shovel I was using to pick up the debris, a flash of movement caught my attention. I had to look closely to find the small, camouflaged creature who had just barely escaped the metal blade: a Mediterranean house gecko!


Studying the gecko’s pink mottled skin, I began to wonder if I had seen it before, as the tiny baby lizard I had rescued from inside my house just after moving in. Our very first night, walking along the carpeted hallway, I saw movement by the baseboard. But then I had such a difficult time finding what had moved, since its color–unlike that of most insects–was so similar to the carpet’s. The experience was as if a speck of carpet fluff had spontaneously come alive to scurry away from my feet. When it fled into the bathroom, we could see it wasn’t an insect, and we used a glass to trap it and give it closer inspection. We were beholding the most delicately formed lizard with pink transparent skin! Not wanting to give our cats another chance to find it, I took the baby lizard outside to the shelter of a mock orange bush, hoping a bird wouldn’t discover it, either. Finding yesterday’s lizard felt very good, like a promise that this new backyard would continue unfolding secrets of nature that I will always treasure.

Please note: Today’s slideshow contains two images of the gecko. To activate the slideshow, click the “Play” triangle below the picture.