New Design: Kieferwald

Ever since I've moved to the Puget Sound area, I've always wanted to do a design based on pine trees, which are abundant in Washington state. They didn't call it the Evergreen state for no reason. If there's anything that can be called "recurring" in West Washington, then pine trees, berry bushes, and crows would be on the list. After a photo-shooting spree in a variety of parks in the Seattle suburban area, I finally captured (and felt) what I considered to be the "spirit" of pine trees.

So, after handpicking the best shots I took in iPhoto, I finally settled for a few photos. After some photoshopping to make the photos seem to extend ad infinitum, I coupled them into a design using the Zen theme as a base. After more color scheme modifying and some tweaking with small details, I felt that the design is finally completed. Sadly, I had to severely compress the images in JPEG to decrease loading time.

Introducing Kieferwald. Because all the pine goodness is irresistable. Sharp readers will notice that Kieferwald is German for "pine forest." I'm breaking the tradition here, since I've always used Latin for naming designs. This time, I felt that German is more fit for this kind of design, for geographic and ecological reasons.

A little detail on the locations where these photos were taken. The header at the top and the pine trunk at the left are shot at Pine Lake Park, while the sidebar reflection on the right is shot at Beaver Lake Park.

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The header, which was shot at Pine Lake Park, is located at the coast of Pine Lake. It was around noon and I was facing West, with the sun shining straight down.

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As for the sidebar reflection, although it was shot at Beaver Lake Park, the actual water belongs to Long Lake, which is easily accessible through the parking lot that is north of it. I was facing South South East. The water was very calm, the sky was radiant blue, and pine trees (and houses) were visibly in the reflection.

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I suspect this design will stick around for quite a while, but enjoy this design anyways.

sounds great

sounds great