Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Tide was heading out during our visit to Rockaway Beach on Sunday.  I love the tortoise shell formations that pool in the sand as the tide recedes at this beach.  I need to plan a trip back here in slightly different weather, and at lower tide when the crevices are more clearly formed.  If the weather holds, maybe we can come back for a visit in the next few's such a relaxing getaway!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Twin Rocks

We're having some beautiful sunny weather for this time of year, so yesterday we decided to take advantage of this with a trip to Rockaway Beach in Oregon.  This is one of my favorite beaches because of the tide pool formations.  It's between Cannon Beach and Tillamook, which are both a lot easier to access, but sometimes I think it's worth the extra drive to get to Rockaway.  I'll post a tide pool photo tomorrow, but I thought I would start today with the iconic "twin rocks" visible from Rockaway Beach.  I'm not really sure why they call them twin rocks, since one has a big hole in it and the other doesn't. But they are definitely a pair, and a distinguishing feature of this beach. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Under 84

The dog-walking park I mentioned in yesterday's post is contained by the Sandy River on one side and I-84 on another side.  We were making out way back along the river toward the car just as the sun was getting ready to set, and the light was so pretty under the I-84 overpass.  Converted to black and white, as part of my artistic photography class focus on black and white this week.  I went to class last night, and I have to say I was looking forward to moving past this black and white phase, but I was disappointed to learn that not only will we continue to work in black and white, but this week we will be working on portraits!  And to make matters even worse they are supposed to be portraits of strangers!  This is about as far out of my comfort zone as I could get. I'm trying to mentally embrace this project, but not too excited about it so far.  Maybe I will be posting some portraits here in the next few weeks...
Linking to Weekend Reflection.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dog-Walking Paradise

Just off I-84 in Oregon, I've driven past this fence-edged field many times and seen cars parked along the side of the road and people walking in the field with their dogs.  I finally made time to stop here on the way back from a Hood River trip, and my dog Clover was very happy that I did. It's a wonderful series of trails through the Sandy River Delta that are completely dog friendly, as in dog off your leash, running around greeting and playing with other dogs.  In short, a dog-walking paradise!  From now on I will make time to stop here for a walk with Clover every time I'm heading back from the gorge. 
Linking to Good Fences.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Woodland Trail in Winter

Hiking with Clover at the Sandy River Delta last week.  It was a bright overcast day, and the dark tree trunks made me think this might work as a black and white.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Edge of the Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge can be a very windy place, and often when I'm driving through the gorge it will be windy in one section and completely still in another.  East of the Dalles, at the far end of the gorge, the hills are dotted with wind turbines on both sides of the river.  This particular wind farm is on the Washington side, heading away from the gorge and toward Goldendale.  One problem with wind farm energy is that the turbines only produce energy when the wind is blowing, and there is no way to store the energy when there is no wind.  I read an article in the paper the other day about a multi-billion dollar project in this area of the gorge that will use the excess wind energy to pump water up a hill to a reservoir at the top, and then when the wind dies down, they can run that water downhill and harness the energy from that.  It's called energy integration, and it complements the energy harnessed from the dams along the Columbia (although it only represents a tiny fraction of the energy produced by hydropower along the river.)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hood River Marina, Reflected

My favorite little marina in Hood River, Oregon, but this time just the reflection of the boats. I could have used slightly less wake, but I'm not too upset. I guess that just means I'll have to visit here again next week, photograph at the marina and get my cup of chai at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon. (Twist my arm!) 
Linking to Weekend Reflection.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Klickitat County Fence Line

The side of this wavy fence had a great glow in the setting sun yesterday afternoon.  I had an afternoon appointment in Hood River, which put me in the gorge at a much later time than I usually go, so I decided to head east to Goldendale and see how the sunset would look. The sunset wasn't that great, but the light was sure pretty along this corridor to eastern Washington.
Linking to Thursday's Good Fences meme.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Evergreen Chorus

Same view as last week's purple sunrise photo, Purple Haze, and same fog too. The WSU campus is on a hill, so if it's foggy then the campus either tends to be in the fog when the rest of the town isn't, or above the fog when the rest of the town is. In this case, the fog was only east of campus, which is countryside heading toward Brush Prairie. I've left this photo in color, just to give an idea of what the light looked like that morning.  It was a very bright fog, and I suspect it burned off within the hour.  I was on campus with my camera around 9am, and I consider myself lucky to have arrived under such pretty weather conditions. Great low-lying fog two days in a row!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mt. Hood Study

My cropped version
Michael Kenna: Huangshen Mountains Study 47 (2010)
As I mentioned in an earlier post, this week my artistic photography class is working in black and white.  And our teacher suggested that if we had been studying artists so far, we should try studying a photographer this week.  So I am studying photographer Michael Kenna, who does very ethereal, high contrast, black and white images. There was a bright, thick fog at the Washington State campus when I returned Thursday morning, and I was particularly interested in the scene I've captured here, because fog created such a large tonal range from white to dark. That range made this a good photo to use for a Michael Kenna comparison!  It reminded me the most of the series he did from Huangshan, China, because all those images were diffused with fog and mist. I've read that his photos are often made during nighttime, with exposures up to 10 hours long!  This accounts for the dreamy quality his images achieve.  Mine certainly lacks that feel. He also shoots with a medium format camera, giving a square image, so I've cropped my photo to a more squarish format (which is against the law in my photography class, so we'll see what comes of that!)

Sunday, February 15, 2015


It's black and white week in my photography class, so this will be tough for me.  I'm going to try to at least shoot with black and white in mind.  I'm not sure I'll always post in black and white, mainly because color just makes me so happy.  For today's photo, black and white wasn't that difficult; the scene was essentially B&W to begin with.  I was back at the WSU Vancouver campus the day after my sunrise, and sure enough I encountered exactly the same fog!  This time though I was there around 9am.  I thought it would be interesting to post photos of last week's sunrise scenes, but this time in daylight lighting. Today's photo is almost the identical scene from yesterday's pastel photo, just slightly to the left.  I guess I wanted to keep the lower evergreens out of the image, although I'm not sure why. (I think I saw this as a more effective Michael Kenna composition...more on him in tomorrow's post.) Still, it's an interesting high key scene, and it does show the level of thickness in the low lying fog. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015


The third in my sunrise series catches the waning pastel light of this amazing morning. It definitely had me shouting encore, and I'm vigilantly getting up before dawn each day in anticipation of another spectacular scene before the month is out. Encore! Encore!