First Place, iPhotofest 2015

“Winter Trees,” by Karen Joslin

Hello, again! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.

I’m pleased to announce that two of my images are currently part of the iPhotofest 2015 online exhibit by COCA (Council on Culture & Arts). Trees figure prominently in both photos, “Winter Trees” and “Old Pecan Tree.” I’m especially honored that “Winter Trees” won First Place.

The exhibit displays photos taken and edited exclusively on smart phones.  Photographers Tom Jacoby and Stewart Nelson selected the photos for the exhibit based on a number of criteria, including craftsmanship, uniqueness, and aesthetics.

In the iPhotofest gallery, clicking on an image brings up a slideshow of the exhibit. I suggest looking through the whole slideshow, as it’s full of interesting images. My photos are 10th and 11th in the queue.

For more information:

© 2015 Karen Joslin

View From Mt. Hood

Mountains in Oregon's Cascades Range stretch out to the horizon, as viewed from Mt. Hood.
“View From Mt. Hood”

Wrapping up the series of photos from our Oregon trip two years ago, here’s a view of the Cascade Mountains from Mt. Hood. The sky’s haziness made the color version a bit dull for my taste. If you’ve been following my last few posts, you probably know what’s coming next – yep, I kicked it up a notch with the wet plate effect in Analog Efex Pro. In fact, I think this image may have been the first one I tried out in that program. And now I’m in love with both!

Miss any previous posts in this series? Check them out:

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Crater Lake Shoreline

Clouds reflect in Crater Lake's vivid blue waters, which lap a pine-dotted shore. The water's incredible purity is why it look so blue.
“Crater Lake Shoreline”

Following our visit to Ashland, we drove up to Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake is the kind of place you have to see to believe. The water owes its incredible blue color and clarity to its purity and chemical composition. As you may have guessed from its name, Crater Lake formed from a major geologic event – a volcanic explosion about 7,700 years ago. After the eruption, the mountain collapsed in on itself, creating the caldera now known as Crater Lake.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Bench With Grape Arbor

Photo of a rustic bench sitting in a peaceful setting, shaded by a grape arbor and surrounded by herbs.
“Bench With Grape Arbor”

Continuing on with images from our Oregon trip two years ago, after a brief stay in Portland we continued on to Ashland to visit a friend. We stayed in a lovely b&b, Shrew’s House, that had several pretty garden areas. (If you ever go to Ashland, I highly recommend staying there.)

This bench covered in a grape arbor sat behind our room. I love the rustic construction of the bench. The profusion of plants surrounding it give it the feel of a sweet little hideaway.

Like the Rocky Mountain goat image, I also used a wet plate effect in Analog Efex Pro on this one.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Rocky Mountain Goat

A Rocky Mountain Goat stands on a rocky outcropping in Oregon.
“Rocky Mountain Goat”

I’ve had vacations on the brain lately because I’ve been planning an upcoming trip to Seattle and San Juan Island. So my next couple of posts will feature photos from a trip to Oregon almost two years ago.

I photographed this majestic Rocky Mountain goat at the Portland Zoo at the beginning of our trip. As this was in July, that “snow” is very fake!

I used Analog Efex Pro to give this image the look of a wet plate photo.

© 2015 Karen Joslin


A black and white close-up of a rusty metal fence, with a gothic-style circle on top and diamond on bottom. Photographed at Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine, Florida.

One of my favorite things about cemeteries is their amazing architectural elements. I especially love ornate, rusty metalwork. The photo to the left shows a detail from a fence in Huguenot Cemetery, a historic cemetery in St. Augustine, Florida. I found the combination of the circle above the diamond intriguing – kind of a gothic yin-yang. Hence the title, “Duality.”

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Little Nadine’s Playhouse

Playhouse tomb of Nadine Earles in Lanett, Alabama. Before Nadine died in late 1933, she told her parents how much she wanted the playhouse her father had been working on as a Christmas gift. After her death, he finished the playhouse and installed it over her grave.
“Little Nadine’s Playhouse”

I’ve decided to reduce my blog posts to once a week, as I’m working on plans for a new online shop centered around my cemetery images. I may precede my shop launch with an e-book, but I’m still in the very early planning stages, so we’ll see.

And now on to this week’s image. A couple of years ago, I met up with my brother in Lanett, Alabama, to look at a rental property he had bought. Right down the street was Oakwood Cemetery, where the unusual tomb above resides.

The tomb contains the grave of Nadine Earles, who died in 1933 at age four. Nadine had contracted diphtheria and then developed pneumonia. Prior to her death, she had been excited about the playhouse her father had begun building for her as a Christmas present. According to legend, while ill she told him, “Daddy, me want it now.” After her death, her father finished the playhouse and installed it over her grave. Inside the playhouse, dolls, teddy bears, a tea set, and a bicycle keep Nadine company.

The legend also says that the inscription on her gravestone inside includes “Me want it now.” However, I photographed it, and I don’t see those words anywhere. (Though with the plethora of dolls covering the stone, it’s possible that it’s simply obscured.)

For a comprehensive look at Little Nadine’s Playhouse, check out the video below, which I found on YouTube. Although it could use some editing, it’s got good views of the inside.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Purple Hydrangeas

Photo of a cluster of purple hydrangeas in bloom.
“Purple Hydrangeas”

Following up from yesterday, another non-native plant in our garden is hydrangea. The color of some hydrangeas depends on the acidity of the soil they’re growing in. Ours range from blue to purple, as our soil is more acid. More alkaline soils will produce pink flowers. White hydrangeas aren’t affected by soil acidity. These perennial garden favorites are native to southern and eastern Asia.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Walking Irises

Photo of several Walking Irises blooming in a garden in Tallahassee, Florida.
“Walking Irises”

Recently, as I walked along the side of our house, I was happy to see our walking irises (Neomarica gracilis) blooming. Although I prefer using native plants in landscaping, these were already here, and they’re so pretty. Each bloom only lasts one day. After the bloom dies, the stalk bends down to the ground and takes root. In this way, the plant seems to “walk” across the landscape. Hence, the name walking iris. Other names for this beautiful plant include fan iris, apostle plant, and poor man’s orchid. Walking iris grows natively in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.

© 2015 Karen Joslin