Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Color on the Campus

College campuses tend to have a wonderful variety of trees and shrubs, so the fall season is generally beautifully colorful.  Eastern Oregon University is the regional university in this corner of Oregon. It is beautifully landscaped with old and new--buildings and plantings.  (My favorite image is the last one, which is the back side of the library. It is soon to be printed on metal.)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Trees in the Fall

I have three tree sites that I photograph every season: a single tree in a farm field about 10 miles south of my home; two large trees on a gravel road a few miles out in the country, the site of an old homestead; and a stand of quaking aspens nearly 20 miles to the north.  Because I live in a rural area, 20 miles isn't really far to go with my camera.  When it's colder, and the leaves are gone, I'll visit them all again.

Monday, September 26, 2016

I Was in a Poster Mood

Some days, I struggle with ideas for photographs...and even if I come up with something, it often doesn't work.  As I worked with some indoor still life, I decided to design "posters" featuring inspirational quotes.

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?