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?

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.)