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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Circles in the Sand

Here's the overhead view of the sand labyrinth in Bandon, Oregon that I blogged about yesterday.  When I got to the beach in Bandon early Friday morning I had to make the classic beach choice, walk to the right or the left.  I picked left because it was still very overcast early in the morning, and the light was better to the left (photographer criterion) even though the rocks did look more interesting to the right.  I think the labyrinth was probably under construction when I started my walk, because it would have been just before low tide.  And the labyrinth was, of course, to the right.  So it goes.  I would have loved to see the construction.  Still, it was really such a fun surprise to happen upon later in the morning when I made my way to this side of the beach.  One update I want to make from yesterday's post though.  I said that they create a labyrinth everyday, but that's not correct.  Sand conditions have to be right, and there might be other factors that determine dates as well, perhaps low tide timing.  So today, I'm including a link to the same website, but this time to the schedule page.  The next labyrinth constructions are scheduled for August 5th and 6th. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beach Circles

In Bandon, Oregon, which is a truly magical stretch of coastline in southern Oregon, there's this guy who comes out to the beach everyday at low tide and draws a huge walkable labyrinth, different everyday. On the day of my visit, I was walking along the beach, enjoying the rocks and the waves, when I came upon a crowd of people all gathered in one place.  What a surprise to find this amazing labyrinth!  It takes 45 minutes for the artist to carve out the labyrinth path, and then he has volunteer beach "groomers" who use rakes to fill in the patterns.  Everyday the tide washes away his labyrinth, and the next day he creates another. I'll post an overhead view tomorrow.  If you're curious to see more though, here's a link to his website, Circles in the Sand. It includes some videos of the labyrinth constructions. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Setting Sail

Clear skies and fair winds in the south Puget Sound today. 
A nice day to head out in your sailboat...if you have one. 
Or to photograph the boat reflections 
as they sail past the still waters in the marina.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fence Line

Another view of the Walla Walla Valley, after a rare summer rain. The clouds were just beginning to clear in this scene so it has one of my favorite lighting combinations of a weak sunlight on greenery and storm clouds. And yes, if you look closely you can see the fence line dividing the green and brown fields.
Linking to Good Fences.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Evening Glow

I had the privilege of participating in Art in the Garden at the Naturescaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens in Brush Prairie last Sunday.  These beautiful gardens, open year-round, are maintained by volunteers dedicated to teaching the community gardening ideas to attract wildlife to their gardens.  This fabulous echinacea was blooming in the Flying Flowers Garden, which is a butterfly garden so full of blooming flowers right now that the perfume is almost overwhelming!  I've been wanting to photograph echinacea at an herb farm out in Trout Lake, but I have yet to hear back from them.  So in the meantime, I was thrilled to find this hardy patch of echinacea at the Naturescaping garden.  I returned in the evening to photograph the flowers in the warm sunset light.  No butterflies to be seen, maybe because of the late hour, but plenty of busy bees and hummingbirds.  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Wheat Country

When people hear Walla Walla, most think of onions or wine, two commodities grown in this region. To my eyes, driving through Walla Walla earlier this week, I saw wheat, wheat, and more wheat. I did see one small onion field on our way in, and I wish I would have stopped for a photo. I saw that the onion festival was in June, so maybe that crop has an earlier harvest then I realized. I was trying to find a vineyard (tasting rooms abound!) but missed that too. Next time I visit, I'll need to make more time for touring around the countryside! Loved all the wheat, with harvest just beginning on a few fields, and this terrific little grain elevator, deep in the fields. 

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.