We had a wonderful week in Big Bear with Claire's extended family. We played games, shopped, laid around and caught up on the happenings of the last year.
One of the shops in Big Bear that we have become fond of over the past 3 visits is the Art Gallery of Timothy Wolcott. I was drawn to Tim's photographs the first time I stepped foot in his small gallery on the main street in Big Bear. The photos, upon first looks, seem to be "lit" from behind by a light source within the frame. But, it's just natural beauty caught at the perfect moment by Tim Wolcott.
This year, we couldn't leave without one. We decided on a newer piece that the gallery hasn't even put into full print yet. The copy we have is an Artist's Proof and is entitled "Forest Tranquility". The photo was taken by Tim in Sequoia National Forest in June of this year, 2008. This valley has a hidden abundance of Dogwoods that don't normally grow at this altitude, so it was a pleasant surprise and apparently photo worthy. The photo is actually 7 photos spliced flawlessly together to give you a 180 degree view and the detail is unlike anything I have ever seen. Tim is using a cutting edge technology to print these photos and his techniques will actually be showcased in a PBS TV special airing in November. We were so impressed with the quality of work and Tim's patience in helping us choose the perfect piece that we can't wait to go back next year to possibly pick out another piece.
We just got it hung up in our living room on the blank wall that we have been looking to fill for over a year. This photo doesn't do it justice, so we encourage you to come over for dinner and to have a closer look.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.