Textures from the Subalpine Pacific Northwest

Art-Roundup-PNW-AlpineHigh in the mountains, it’s different. Wildflowers flourish in the cool wet air. Wood weathers to a moody gray-white, its stories writ in the scars on its skin. I’ve collected textures from the Teanaway area near Cle Elum, Denny Creek, and Snoqualmie Pass. These textural photos are free for use under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Enjoy designing and creating with these textures of subalpine Washington!

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Textures of Mount Rainier

Art-Roundup-Mount-RainierMount Rainier National Park plunges 10000 feet from the volcano’s peak, down past alpine meadows flush with flowers, to old growth forests heavy with moss and age. Here are ten bark and wildflower textures I photographed at Mount Rainier National Park for you to use in your creative projects. I’m releasing these textures under a Creative Commons Attribution License – have fun creating with the textures of one of the Pacific Northwest’s landmark parks!

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Due for an Adventure?

For the past month, I’ve had the itch for an adventure…is it just the frigid sunless days giving me cabin fever, or am I due?

I'm due for an adventure.I keep finding myself plotting our next trip, drifting off into pleasant daydreams of New Zealand, Greenland, Costa Rica… The Guy has been very patient with my overeager email blasts. We can’t go everywhere, now. We have to pick one.

So I think I’ve talked him into a trip to the Southwest this spring, which will be my first time since 2002…I’m not just due for a trip back, I’m overdue!

The Troubles with Self-Improvement

Every December and January, the world turns introspective and looks for ways to improve. I follow Chris Guillebeau’s suggestion of an annual review, assessing all aspects of my life for ways I can improve. Self-improvement can feel banal, this time of year, because so many of us want the same things – to exercise, to eat healthily, to complete creative projects, to travel. I have to believe that working to improve myself is valuable, because it’s such an important part of who I am. Yet the act of self-improvement needs some consideration. It takes care to craft a truly meaningful annual review or new years resolutions that will positively impact our lives.

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