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

Friday, June 24, 2016


Another reflection view of the lagoon portion of Falls Creek.  We hiked this trail again on Father's Day. It's not a difficult trail, but the ground does drop off on one side so I do spend the entire time looking at my footing and not pausing to look around more.  When you get to the falls, it's really overwhelming.  Last time I was here my camera picked that moment to stop working. I'm hoping to get it repaired, but in the meantime I had been wanting a new camera body so I did some shopping.  This time once I reached the falls, tripod in hand, I realized that the tripod attachment piece was still connected to my old camera sitting at home.  Sigh.  So that's my excuse for yet another reflection shot and nothing else on this hike.  Although those of you who have been following for a while know I can't really pass up a water reflection shot.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, June 17, 2016


A classic Pacific Northwest view, reflected.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Going to Seed

My fascination with the Camas Lily continues.  I tried to buy a few plants at a local greenhouse, only to be told that my best chance was to harvest some seeds and grow them myself.  I hadn't really paid any attention to the plants as they go to seed, so it was fun to search and see them in this state.  Now I'll get a chance to test my green thumb!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


The view above the Falls Creek Falls Trail.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

One Shot

Panther Creek Falls has definitely been one of the most difficult to access falls in the gorge for me. Yesterday was my second attempt to get there. The first was in the winter, but I didn't realize the elevation, didn't have tire chains, and eventually had to give up and turn around because of the snow level. So I waited a good long time for warm weather, and we had a fun family outing to the falls to celebrate the start of summer. There's a nice overlook at the top of the falls, as well as access to the base of the falls from a scary-sounding side path (according to my guidebook), we had to navigate "the steep path that requires some rock-climb moves to get to the lower path".  It took me a half hour to get up my nerve to try it, but I eventually scaled a short section of rock, and shimmied down another section with the aid of a climbing rope. It was actually pretty exhilarating! Only to find, once I reached the bottom, that my camera had low battery! I had left my bag behind and strapped my camera on my back for the climb down. My camera managed one shot, but didn't have the juice to process a second shot, hard as I tried. So this was a real Jim Brandenburg event for me, and I'm really thrilled with how my one chance photo turned out! Of course now I want to go back again, with a fully charged battery of course. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Shoreline Reflection

Another Columbia Gorge reflection, this time along the shoreline near Corbett.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


A very, very pale Blue Camas!
There's a fair amount of color variation in a camas field. 
White always stands out the most. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Road Less Traveled

View to the other side of the road from last week's post.  I'm getting a little behind on the blog, between finishing up the calendar and getting my garden planted.  I've got a little backlog of photos though, so hope I can catch up on posting this week and next.  As far as the photo, I was in Trout Lake looking for a particular herb farm that I visited earlier this spring.  I remembered it was on Glenwood Rd., and when I saw the sign for BZ-Glenwood Hwy I thought that was it.  Multiple times I felt like I was on a new road, and yet I kept going because I was just sure Glenwood was right.  After a while I was quite sure I'd made a wrong turn, but it was just so pretty that I continued down the road and decided to visit the herb farm on my next visit (which will be on Friday). All these yellow flowers, plus the camas growing along the edge of the road, line an area signed Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge. We didn't plan for a trip through a wildlife refuge, and our dog Clover was in the car.  So I'm thinking that if I have time, I'll visit the herb farm and check out the refuge when I'm back in Trout Lake later this week. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Along the Roadside

Camas in bloom along the side of the road near Trout Lake.

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Little Bit of Shade

We had fabulous weather for a hike around the arch bridge at Catherine Creek on Saturday. I got my fill of vitamin D, and then felt like I wanted to cover up a bit. This clump of trees fanned out nicely on the ridge line above the bridge, giving me the chance to snap a photo and get a bit of shade.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Artists and Dreamers

I drove out to Hood River last week to begin work on the 2017 calendar printing, and I wasn't planning on doing any photography because I was tired.  But on the way back, the river turned calm and reflective, and it did this right in front of the vista point turnout, so of course I pulled over.  Usually this turnout is pretty empty, just a semi or two with the driver napping in the back.  But on this day the lot was full, and everyone out with their cameras and iphones.  I started to feel a kindred spirit with these fellow travelers who had also chosen to pause their journey and enjoy the scene with me; and started to think about all the vehicles whizzing by behind me, their occupants either in too much of a rush or too distracted to notice what we were taking in. Glad I had the opportunity to pause and enjoy.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Class Assignment

Josef Sudek
Well, I'm taking another photography class this spring.  This week our assignment was black and white, particularly looking at photographs by Josef Sudek.  He's got some pretty moody images; things I'd love to work on if we were in our foggy season, and he's also got lots of still life images.  My absolute favorite is the one I've included to the right side of this post: the drinking glass and egg reflection.  I have no idea how he got it looking like this! I tried, but couldn't even come close.  So I ended up working on another of his subject matter with water bubbles on the side of a vase.  He gets a lot more detail without making the lighting quite so harsh as I did.  My heart wasn't in this one.  Maybe if I were house-bound for a while, it would be something to experiment with more.  Anyway, class is tomorrow, so I'll have a new assignment for next week.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hood River Valley

Ah, spring!  Beautiful view of Mt. Hood
 from one of the orchards in the Hood River Valley.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Path to the Goose Pen

Fabulous view down on of the orchard rows at Draper Girls in Hood River Valley. Peaches or plum? I'm not sure, but I think maybe peaches. I read an online article on telling the difference, but after my visit, and I didn't take any close up shots so I can't get a good look at the blossoms. Either way, lucky geese to have such a lovely and fragrant spring view!