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!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spring Landscape

I live in a valley, and to the northeast is a huge flat...called Cricket Flat.  This time of year, it's an amazing place.  It's definitely not heavenly year-round; in winter, the snow often blows horizontally. Several residents don't have enough water for their houses unless they haul it from town; it's easy to spot those pickup trucks with the huge plastic water containers on the back. But right now, the Flat is in the prettiest part of spring. The mountains in every direction are always in view.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cannas, Cannas, and more Cannas (Edited to Callas, Callas, and more Callas)

(Edit:  I thought I had differentiated between calla lilies and canna lilies, but I hadn't!  A kind visitor to my blog pointed it out.)
I was surprised to receive not one, but two, vases of flowers from our oldest son and his girlfriend---my two favorite Brooklynites.  These were Mother's Day gifts, but the first one wasn't what he had ordered, so FTD shipped again, this time calla lilies.  I spent an hour on the back porch  with the following results.  All were edited in LightRoom but the one with a Kim Klassen texture.