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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tide Pools

It was a half mile walk down the beach from our hotel to Face Rock, and because the labyrinth drawing always coincides with low tide (and we were heading to the labyrinth), we got to see lots of interesting tide pools along the way.  The biggest tide pools form around the rock formations, but these little pools had such an interesting pattern and texture that I wanted to include them in a beach scene. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dunes Grass

Our walk to the beach in Bandon included a short hike through the dunes.  This super soft, clean sand and dunes grass reminded me so much of where I grew up, on the southern shore of Lake Michigan.  So in addition to being a breathtakingly beautiful beach, it also felt a bit like a homecoming to me.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Back to Bandon

Just returning, relaxed and refreshed, from a family vacation in Bandon, Oregon. 
Warning: at a photo a day, this could be a long series!
For starters, Friday's beach labyrinth washing away with the tide.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mt. Adams farmstead

Another view of Mt. Adams from my trip to Trout Lake last weekend, this time from the edge of an old farmstead. According to a sign at the entrance, the farm dates back to the turn of the 20th Century. I suppose the wetland area in the foreground is merely the result of heavy rains that came through a few days earlier and soil tending toward clay. It's probably all dried out by now. Glad it was there during my visit because it gave me a chance to frame a reflection of the mountain.
Linking to Weekend Reflection.

Monday, June 19, 2017

On the Horizon

Well it's starting to look like summer in the gorge! I don't get to photograph Mt. Adams very often. It's barely visible from my town, and even then only from the higher elevations. Of the three volcanoes near the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens are mainly what we see. But on Saturday we were in Trout Lake, gateway town to Mt. Adams, and the weather was 'picture perfect'! So of course I made time for some photography as we drove through. As an added bonus we had so much snow in the mountains this year, Mt. Adams is still almost completely covered, with summer only days away.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Standing Watch

Such a beautiful, weathered Ponderosa Pine along the bluff line at Catherine Creek. 
The morning light on the trunk is what caught my eye and stopped me in my tracks.  
What a lucky tree to have such a beautiful location to spend its days!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mystery Plant

Also from my walk at Catherine Creek. This is mystery plant must have a larger clustered flower when it's blooming. The seeds caught my eye, because they are as big as sunflower seeds, and really pretty!  The plant has leaves like dill. Maybe some sort of wild dill or maybe fennel? It would help to have visited last month when the flower was blooming.  Or to have rubbed the leaves a bit to see if they had a strong scent. (I didn't think of that until now.) I searched on a great database-type website for Catherine Creek flowers, linked here. Any ideas?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Busy Bee

An industrious little honey bee caught midflight as he pollinates bachelor's buttons (Centaurea cyanus) at Catherine Creek earlier this week.  It's a good metaphor for my month, so busy... I see I haven't posted since May 22nd!  But things are finally settling down again after a family visit, tons of yard work, a short but nasty spring cold, and a long overdue update to my website. It's not flashy, but I've done all the design and update myself so I'm proud of it.  As for the wildflower and honeybee image, it's one of several that I will share from my trip to Catherine Creek last week.  I made the visit on my way to pick up the 2018 calendars in Hood River.  Very exciting!  I'll get a new Amazon link for the calendars up this week. And in the meantime, I hope to get a little busier with the photography and blogging, and get caught up on all the blogs I'm following.