“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose

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Brassia maculata

Here’s my most cherished orchid, Brassia maculate. It is in the process of throwing out 6 of these wonderful spikes, each spike is loaded with flowers, all lined up like they are marching in a parade. And it is always in full bloom about the time by birthday rolls around. Whoop whoop! I should get an image of this when it is in all its glory.

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Guppies (Plate 2)

“Even guppies have their opacities” – Margaret Atwood

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Odontoglossum crispum

Wikipedia notes this wonderful jewel is “considered by many to be the most beautiful orchid of all but is also one of the most difficult to grow.” Do tell…

Native to Columbia, it is found at altitudes of between 6,000 and 10,000 ft. with day temperatures of 66-70 F and night temps of 50-53 F. Well, it seems the plant is quite adaptable because we are at 1200 feet with day temps 80-85 and night temps 68-72. That, and I pretty much ignore it. Survival of the fittest is my motto. And yet, it flowers every January.

Also, according to Wikipedia, “ideally, the plants grow best in a cool marine climate, such as the California fog belt or the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, high daytime temperatures will enfeeble and destroy it, unless air-conditioning is available.”

I wonder what this thing would do if I actually took care of it? If nothing else, I think I’ll move it into a shadier location.

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Emergency Alert! (Hawaiian Style)

As I we took the first sweeping curve headed up the Saddle Road headed to Hilo for the weekend, both our cell phones blew up with Hawaii’s Emergency Alert Siren. And while it is illegal to read text messages while driving. We read the following:

Emergency Alert

And I drove off the road.

Well, while I was not happy about driving off the road, seeing our Tommy Bahama’s “Air Stream” break loose from the hitch, or the notion of ballistic missile’s raining down on our heads, I was happy to see we had a nice “shelter in place” option. I knew the pantry was stocked with homemade cookies and a bottle of Patron iced down in the cooler.

I mean if you are about to kiss your ass good bye, go out happy and numb. My only regret was I didn’t think we’d have time to barbeque the pork ribs.

Seriously. This was terrifying.

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Pele’s Nebula

Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, dance, wind, volcanoes and violence is the mythical princess of Hawaii. Nebulas, named after the Latin word for “clouds”, much like Pele depicted in art, comes in an extraordinary variety of shapes, and colors making them some of the most spectacular and fascinating objects in our Universe. With this in mind, I wanted to merge the colors of Pele’s volcanic activity and the colors of Hawaiian sunsets into a mysterious cloud like formations one might see in a nebula.

And, well, hey it’s an abstract right?

What do you see?

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Posted in Abstracts, Impressionisms of Hawaii, Volcano

Playing Tag

“To paint well is simply this: to put the right color in the right place.” – Paul Klee

But for a photographer and digital artist, what if the color is already there, but you can’t see it?

Light, or visible light, is usually defined as the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum visible to the human eye. The resulting perceived color of light is often discussed in subjective terms such as hue, value, tints, tones saturation and temperature.

With this in mind, I’m posting this rendering not so much for the subject matter but more for the color and a few thoughts on getting there. The original image was a washed out, pale, desaturated “blue”. But when I viewed it closely, I noticed there were other faint, subtle colors and hues as well. The challenge was to discover and bring them out. Many hours later and several fathoms of Photoshop layers this was what I ended up with.

I’d like to add that I’m continually amazed by the ability of today’s digital technology to capture and render the color and hues of light whether you can see them or not. So often, the colors, tones, and tints are there, you just have to find a way to tease them out and give them an aloha hug. At this point it begins to become subjective and, as they say, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or, in my case, the eye of a neophyte “artist”.

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Got Art?

I was recently asked if I sell my images and it occurred to me that perhaps I should mention that, yes, of course I’m always happy to sell my work. I sell enough to pay for my ink, paper and software licensing etc. And, until today, it’s all been by word of mouth.

So, with this in mind, if you are looking for a unique present for that special someone in your life or perhaps yourself, you too can purchase a “Douglas Walch” limited edition print of almost anything you find on my website.

My giclee prints are approximately 11.5” x 17.5” on 13”x19” Premium Presentation Matt paper. The inks are pigment-based and highly fade resistant. The cost is $100.00 per print plus shipping. Priority shipping with insurance is about $10 and usually takes three days to the mainland.

Support your local artist!

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Posted in Hawaii, Impressionisms of Hawaii, Outrigger Canoes, Photography by Douglas Walch

Coral Heads

I was more than pleased when I recently read a report from NOAA that there are signs the coral in Hawaii is recovering from the 2014 bleaching event. In late September and early October 2014, Hawaii experienced a huge spike in ocean temperatures and a period of very low winds. NOAA divers were logging water temperatures of 86°F during this time. I seriously could not believe how warm the water was and I recall everyone talking about it. The wonderful colors of coral is something I use to take for granted, like a lot of things in nature these days, but no more!

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Posted in Abstracts, Hawaii, Impressionisms of Hawaii, Ocean

Paddling Out

In Hawaii, much like hula, outrigger canoes provide a rich historical reminder and an opportunity to experience Hawaii’s cultural heritage. I can honestly say, there are few things I’d rather do than head out early in the morning into open ocean with close friends who are strong paddlers. Every time I go out I feel a sense of the Hawaiian heritage intertwined existence with the ocean.

The rendering shown here is a crew of outrigger canoe club paddlers leaving the Kamakahonu Beach early in the morning in a beautiful Koa canoe or Wa’a. In the background, you can see the ‘Ahu’ena Heiau (temple of the burning alter) which is the sacred Hawaiian temple where King Kamehameha 1 spent his last seven years in power before his son Liholiho succeeded him. Waterfront property for sure.

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