Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two Kinds of Eastern Oregon

People who live on the west side of Oregon often believe that Eastern Oregon is just a desert.  Part of that is true, but here in the NE corner, we have amazing mountains and forests. They're "dry," when compared to the rainy forests on the west, but they are truly beautiful.  On a 3-hour drive to Idaho, I witnessed a fabulous range of landscapes..from the small valley I live in, through the neighboring Grande Ronde Valley, and to the wide open Baker Valley, before climbing up to the amazing desert landscapes crossing into Idaho.

There was a rain and snow storm over the Elkhorn Mountains to the west of Baker Valley

On the floor of Baker Valley, fall foliage is blazing. 

This could be Idaho or Oregon

This must be the Snake River which runs south-north not far from here and forms the border between Oregon and Idaho

Rolling dry hills

Back in the Baker Valley with the Wallowa Mountains to the east at sunset

West of the Baker Valley, the sun sets in clouds above the Elkhorn Mountains

Monday, October 20, 2014

Texture Tuesday with a favorite color

Although blue, red, and purple are really my favorite colors,  this wonderful sea-green is so appealing to me.  The vintage canning jar is one of those that gradually turned that color over the years.  I also like the grunge texture from Kim Klassen and am linking up with her Texture Tuesday.

Edited with Elements' "sprayed strokes," Topaz Clarity, and kk_cool grunge. 

Project 52 2014 #43

The beautiful fall continues to linger, but we know rain and cold are on the way.  As of now, even morning light on the little creek is golden.  Joining with Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Foray into Black and White

By chance, I discovered an Irish blog entitled "This Weekend in Black and White," and decided to participate.  For the past few days, I've seen this black and white cat under the locust tree in my neighbor's small back yard.  The cat doesn't belong to him; we don't know who owns it, but it likes Dan's space.  The rough texture of the tree bark and that rusty iron wheel are are perfect background for  the contented cat.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Project 52 2014 #42

Some years, the colors of fall are especially varied and vibrant.  These jewel-toned leaves are a short distance from my front door, growing in an alley against the  wall of an old shop---I don't even know what's inside, although I've lived here 36 years.  The owner is a homegrown mechanic, always working on some kind of vehicle, generally an old one.  Its location in a residential zone, across the street from a century-old church, is one of those sights relatively typical in small rural towns like ours.  But I digress. The colorful leaves decorate the weathered wood, and make a good choice for my Project 52 photo book.  I'm linking again with Kent Weakley's Project 52  and Sweet Shot Tuesday. 

photo taken with Samsung Galaxy 5

Texture Tuesday {The Last Anemone}

For weeks, I've been amazed at the delicate anemone blooms produced by dried-up bulbs planted in late spring.  Our Zone 5 is too cold for anemones to be grown as a perennial, but I've certainly found something I want to plant again next year for the summer flowers!  Some bulbs produced purple flowers; the rest bloomed white.  This is the last one, tucked in with some white mum blossoms.  The quote is a reminder of a life goal, something that is easy to say but often difficult to do. I'm linking up with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Texture Tuesday {Mums in a Mug}

I'm sure I'm not the only one to buy coffee mugs just to use in photographs; I loved this black and white one when I saw it in the grocery store.  At home, I had a big bunch of white mums---perfect pairing!  I'm linking up with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday and Kristy's Texture Twist.

edited with Topaz Detail and kk_Storm