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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On Vacation

Not at the shore (I wish, though!) Just taking a photography break this week.  It does look like I will have some waterfront scenes to post before the end of the month (Yippy!)...
However, today's photo was taken during a foggy stroll down the beach
in Long Beach a few weeks ago.
Linking to Weekend Reflection

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Caught Between Seasons

School started here yesterday, and the construction fence that has blocked the path between my subdivision and the schools is still in place, although a little worse for the wear after all the people who have squeezed through it this summer. I hope the work finishes soon; even though I don't have any kids in school this year, I use that path all the time walking Clover!
Linking to Good Fences

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Salmon Season

Back to the mouth of the Columbia for today's photo, which was taken on the bridge between Washington and Oregon, thanks to a construction flag stop. I remember reading that salmon season was beginning here, and I also remember reading that it would be a good season, but I have to say I wasn't prepared for the quantity of fishing boats near the bridge! Must really be a terrific season! Bill has a fishing trip planned for November...I sure hope there are still some salmon left by then!

Monday, September 1, 2014


...and made a yummy blackberry pie!

Sunday, August 31, 2014


There's a birthday at our house today, 
so Anna and I 
headed down the road with a bucket 
and picked some blackberries...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kite Festival Reflection

Another one of my more abstract takes on the Long Beach Kite Festival last weekend.  I love how the tide water sits on the sand and creates such a strong reflection at beaches in Washington (and Oregon), and I was hoping to recreate a kite-flying scene by including the reflection of a person.  Not many people were walking by, unfortunately, but I got several of this guy.  Actually, having a fixed idea of a particular shot I want is always a bad thing for me. The actual conditions are always different than what I imagined, and I always spend too long looking for the shot anyway.  In this case, I gave up early and moved on; working at a 180 degree angle to the shoreline produced a blurrier reflection than I was hoping for.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chasing the Tide

This little boy was so cute playing along the shoreline in Long Beach last weekend.  He was scared of the tide line, but kept approaching and then racing away as each little wave moved up the shore.  I really wish I didn't compose this shot with him leaving the frame like that, but I just don't have a photojournalist sensibility; so I had framed him in exactly the right spot to not move, but I wasn't prepared for him to run back up the beach.  Why?  Lack of experience photographing people, I suppose.  Anyway, such a terrific reflection in the Washington sand as the tide recedes!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mouth of the Columbia

From the Washington side, and just before we crossed the bridge into Oregon.  Bill was driving when I took this shot.  I wish I'd asked him to stop because it's a little blurry, but at the time I was just playing around.  I liked the old pier silhouette, and the fishing boats in the distance. I'm not sure what bridge is behind the boats, but it doesn't look like the Astoria Bridge to me at all.  That is Astoria, Oregon on the far shore, so it must be a smaller bridge there, which I'll have to take note of next time I visit.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kite Tails

For all my complaining about the foggy conditions at the Long Beach Kite Festival on Saturday, thick fog does make for some interesting photographic opportunities.  Especially when there are bright colors involved.  I'm always amazed by how vibrant color appears when they are closer to the camera and out of the fog.  And I just loved watching the wave patterns made by these kite tails!  Plus I love going to the beach no matter what the weather, so I kite festival is a fun opportunity to explore the shoreline. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Marine Layer

What is it about us and kite festivals that causes a marine layer of fog to roll in just as we arrive?  We made a quick trip out to Long Beach, Washington over the weekend to enjoy the kite festival there, but it turned foggy just as we arrived.  And as we were heading out of town I saw the sky beginning to clear.  Oh well, just how it goes.  And I've spent the last few days getting a child settled at college, so it's been a busy week here!  Definitely taking it easy today, and spending some time organizing photos (now that I don't have to share the computer!) 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Summertime on Trillium Lake

I couldn't help but photograph the reed reflections during our hike around Trillium Lake. All the kayakers and paddle boarders made an interesting wake for the reflection!
Linking to Weekend Reflections

Thursday, August 21, 2014

River's Edge

Ok, this is my final photo post from the Little Zigzag Falls hike. Tomorrow I'm moving on...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Heading Upstream

Here's a slightly broader view of Zigzag River leading up to the falls. It was such a small and gentle river (our dog Clover hopped around in the river along the hike; it's much too shallow for swimming), and yet it moves with enough force to have patches of whitewater throughout. In yesterday's post I had a question about photographing moving water that I figured would be good to answer in today's post. To capture the blurry motion of the water, you needs two things: 1. A tripod or method of keeping your camera perfectly still, such as propping it on a log, and 2. The ability to adjust your shutter speed.  If your camera has the letter "S" on the dial, you can set shutter priority. With the dial set to "S", adjust the shutter speed to somewhere between 1-3 seconds. It might look like 1" or 2.5" etc. you can play around with this setting and see what you like, but I think somewhere in this range gives a nice sense of motion.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Another great hike near Mt. Hood is the Little Zigzag Falls hike.  It's just a half mile to the falls, no elevation change, and the entire walk on a carpet of soft pine needles next to the rushing Zigzag River.  These snags are thick throughout the hike, and often form a bridge across the river and back.  This scene happened to be my favorite, but I might post another shot from this hike (since I took so many photos here!)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mt. Hood at Trillium Lake

We had a nice getaway weekend, camping near Mt. Hood. This is the mountain most easily visible from where we live, but I didn't realize how close it actually is to us. Definitely an easy day trip, although the camping was fun, and the weather was perfect. I also didn't realize how much there is to do up here! We initially planned to hike Mirror Lake, but the ranger advised against it, saying that on summer weekend we'd be hiking with half of Portland. I have to say though, that the other half of Portland might have been here at Trillium Lake. It was an easy two mile hike around the lake, handicap accessible the whole way (although portions do the boardwalk could use a little repair!), and the lake was full of kayakers, rafters, and paddle-boarders.