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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

As the Day Wears On

Linus slowly loses his patch of sun.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mrs. Lady (Bug)

Close up view of my garden.  One of the great successes this season, my tomatillos, still going strong. (Tiny tomatillo forming in the upper right of the photo.) I was clearing out some of summer plants that are finished, making way for some quick fall planting while the weather is still warm, when I spotted this cute little bug.  Next year I will plant fennel because I learned that it really attracts ladybugs, which love to chomp on aphids. Plus, it's tasty, so a win-win. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Some Cloud

Fall weather is on its way in the Pacific Northwest.  Clouds rolling through quickly these days. This lone cumulus cloud was so nicely framed yesterday afternoon  during my walk with Clover.  I was heading steeply downhill in our subdivision, and only had my 50mm lens, so I ended up cropping out some houses.  Roof visible in the lower left, and I believe that's a middle school in the distant foreground.  Happy fall everyone!

Monday, September 19, 2016


Uninspiring light on my walk this morning.  The sun was almost breaking through the clouds, but changed its mind. But I have to admit, I do like this shade of misty evergreen that hovers in the balance between green and gray.  The photo reminds me a bit of a paint chip card. I think I have this on my mind because my parents have a really great gray-green paint in their mud room, but I think it's a little warmer green than this. Looks like I need my own paint chip card!

Friday, September 16, 2016

At the Boat Ramp

It's true.  I love photographing sailboats in a ripply harbor. And since I was out in Hood River today...and it's Weekend Reflections day...and the water was reflection-still near the boat ramp...and a boat came in (because it's salmon season so the Columbia is full of boats right now)...well, what can I say.
:) So guilty!
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Signs of Fall

It's been a while since I've woken up to fog. Guess fall is fast approaching! I liked how this fence line trails off into the fog, which has quickly burned off as we head toward a sunny 80 degree day. I wish the tree was more to the left of the photo. I think it would have balanced better. But nothing I can do about that. It does have me wondering though.  I'm curious now how old this oak tree, and the others along the edge of campus, may be. Something to research in my free time.
Linking to Good Fences.

Friday, September 2, 2016

September Already?

Where did the summer go? Hardly back into the swing of things, after my month off. I did do a lot of exploring in the trails behind WSU though, and found this great little creek which Clover really likes during her walks. Pledging to myself to get out more with my camera this month, but probably not before I complete a home improvement project I got myself into. Regrouting bathroom tiles :/
Linking to Weekend Reflections, (of course).

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Taking a blog vacation for the month of August.
Enjoy your summer everyone!
See you in September...

Friday, July 29, 2016

As the Tide Comes In

Bandon, Oregon on the southern Oregon coast is known for its otherworldly rock formations and also its wonderful sand. I blogged yesterday about an early morning photo just before low tide. Today's photo is from later in the morning when the clouds were clearing out. The tide started coming in by mid morning, creating the great reflection I love so much on the wet Pacific Northwest sand. I was just starting to hone in on the photo I was looking for when I lost this good light. It's hard to get a good reflection when the sun is too high in the sky. Still, a fabulous morning on the coast! This water felt so refreshing. Wish I were still there!
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Low Tide

Early morning in Bandon, Oregon.  
This was the view to the south, clouds finally starting to part, low tide, 
a peaceful morning, and a lovely day to walk along the shoreline 
for some beach-combing and photo-taking. 

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.