Wednesday, August 3, 2016

30 Minutes in a Field of Sunflowers

Each summer, I try to find a field of sunflowers planted by one of the many farmers in the Grande Ronde Valley.  Rarely are farmlands fenced, and I respect private land.   It's especially good to find a field with easy access from a road.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

One Red Anemone -- A Series

Three years ago, I planted some anemone bulbs that I bought for a dollar.  Anemones aren't hardy, so I planted the bulbs in the spring to see if they would bloom ...which they did.  Since then, I've planted some each spring.  This summer, they are in three different locations and they bloom at different times. One red one inspired me to do a series.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Two weeks ago, our local rodeo began its four-day run.  Photographing the rodeo events has always been enjoyable for me, but evening rodeos have become almost impossible to photograph. I know I need a better lens, but I go back and forth about buying a $1200 lens for one rodeo a year.  This was the year I wished I had invested.  So few of my action shots were in fact, nothing in the image was in focus!  Next year...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Candids on Portland Waterfront

The waterfront of Portland, Oregon...both sides of the Willamette a fascinating place to visit. Recently, I made my first visit to the west side around lunchtime.  A long lens allowed me to capture some images I wouldn't have attempted with a short lens.

 Our daughter-in-law and Chloe, the Goldendoodle who LOVES water. She could not understand why she wasn't allowed to get into this particular river.
 I was surprised at how clean her feet were, especially considering that she didn't wear socks.
 A bicycle "orchestra" with bike bells as the instruments.  "Keep Portland Weird"
Maybe a lunchtime nap?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Above the Valley

Many times, I've stated that I live in a valley, so many of my landscape images require me to "go up and out" to have any kind of view.  Recently, I went up and out a little road that I hadn't driven for months; it requires driving through someone's barnyard.  But this time of year, the scenery is beautiful--it is truly pastoral. Up and out on this road leads to The Flat--Cricket Flat.

   To the south is Mt. Harris, which borders the neighboring Grande Ronde Valley

 Haying season has begun.

 South Cricket Flat -- the white dot in the back right is a schoolhouse built in 1867. It has been maintained as far as fresh paint and a roof; it serves as storage for hay now. 
"Down" onto the Flat

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Peony Heaven

Heavy, warm spring rains and early spring have produced flowers everywhere--in abundance.  Everything is a three weeks to a month early, including my peonies.  I have never had peonies before Memorial Day, until this year.  And the plants are loaded with blooms.  ( I wish all were as fragrant as the soft pink that bloomed first.)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Random 5 Friday

After skipping last Friday, I'm glad to be back with Random 5 Friday.

 Today is my youngest sister's 67th birthday---yes, my youngest sister!  And it's my husband's and my 38th wedding anniversary.   I have NO idea where those years have gone, but I do know that we have sons who are 36 and 34.   My husband's birthday was on the 24th, so I took him out to dinner last night; our oldest son in New York called the restaurant where we were and paid for our evening.  He's especially thoughtful that way.

My peonies have begun to bloom--a full month early!  I have NEVER had peonies in bloom by Memorial Day, other than an old-fashioned red.  One of the earliest peonies and most prolific is Coral Charm.  This year, there's one pale pink one among the coral ones; it's the only bloom on the plant next to Coral Charm.  

For the past three years, I have photographed the girls who make up the court for the annual local rodeo.  The July rodeo is celebrating 70 years this year and the three girls competing for the title of queen are really fun to work with.  Their "leathers" -- chaps, belts, headstalls and breast collars for horses, saddle blankets--were all made by a young local woman who has a leather business.  

Our local Chamber of Commerce, of which I'm an active member, recently held our 5th annual city-wide free clean up day.  This darling dog was with her owner, who was volunteering with the local Lions Club.  She looked as if she had recently been clipped--not by a professional--but I thought I could detect an Australian Shepherd in her color and features.  

One of the peonies to bloom first was this beautiful pale pink variety.  The flowers smell absolutely wonderful (not all peonies are fragrant).  I spent some time doing some still life photography with three of the flowers before delivering them to the local post office for their enjoyment.  

Thanks for another fun Random Friday, Nancy!