Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day 571 - Moving to a new rock •

It's time. I have sat on this WordPress site for months working up the courage to move. Blogspot has been fabulous, but I was ready for a change.

Come on over to my new digs and have a look around.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Day 570 - White & Sons

ISO 100, 24mm, f/6.3, 13. sec

I have driven past this building a million times and thought I should probably stop and take a closer look. Last night we just happened to be walking by and I love how the street lights illuminated it.

The best history I can find is that it was built in 1890 by Daniel Anthony White and has stood empty since the mid-1970s.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Day 569 - Twister

ISO 100, 50mm, f/20, 1.6 sec

The Riverfront in Salem is hosting the Brew & Bite this week-end.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 568 - Moonlight in the Vineyard

By day I am the graphic designer for the local community college. I'm really lucky because I love what I do. I have my days when I am tearing my hair out, banging my head against a brick wall and threatening to jump from the second story window in my office...

Then, the days arrive when I smile inside and think yep, this is why I do what I do.

Our biggest event for the Foundation is coming up. It has always been Moonlight & Roses, which seriously, design wise has infinite possibilities. Mid-stream they changed the theme.

This is how I spent my evening last night.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 567 - Dee Wright Observatory

When we headed up to Dee Wright Observatory in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, I really had not done my homework. I was even relying on Google Maps to get me there (that was not my most brilliant move of the day).

They had just opened the roads the week before because of snow-pack, and believe me, they weren't heavily traveled. The road was narrow and twisty. It was complete darkness when we arrived, so I was pretty surprised to find us in the middle of a lava field when daylight finally arrived.

The observatory was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conversation Corp. Lava from the surrounding area forms the walls of the structure. Located at the top of McKenzie Pass, the skies were clear and we were able to pick out the top of Mt. Hood, 75 miles away.

Each window is strategically placed to view one of the mountain peaks. On top of the structure is a viewing platform allowing for a 360° view of mountains.

I'm glad we went, was really beautiful, although I wasn't expecting the baron wilderness of a 1500 year lava flow.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Day 566 - Three sisters

ISO 100, 82mm, f/22, 0.3 sec.

Looking at the Three Sisters peaks from the top of McKenzie Pass.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day 565 - One person's weed...

ISO 200, 100mm macro, f/6.3, 1/125 sec

Is someone else's garden.

At least until Karen mowed the lawn.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 564 - On top of the Cascades

There is a place at the top of McKenzie Pass called the Dee Wright Observatory. I've always thought it would be a great place to watch the sun rise.

To accomplish this, we had to leave the house at 1 am this morning. This is what it looked like at 4 am.

Worth it, you might ask?

Oh ya.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Day 563 - Happy Friday

ISO 400, 100mm macro, f/5.6, 1/500 sec.

Here's to a colorful and cheery week-end.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 562 - Turf wars

I will warn you right now, if you don't like insects, this probably isn't a good day to read the blog. We've heard from many people this year that say the ants are the worst they have ever seen. Because of the dogs, I refuse to spray any kind of insecticide. We go through a lot of cinnamon, setting up barriers and it works really well for us.

Last year, about this time a colony of ants appeared out on our patio. They were fascinating to watch. We would set down a piece of large dog kibble and watch them move it sometimes as far as 24 inches and then work it down into a crack in the cement.

This morning, we noticed they were back.

When I ran the dogs at noon, activity around the ant crack caught my eye and on closer inspection, I realized that they had caught a much larger black ant. They were literally holding him captive by his legs.

He was a fighter though. His body twisted and turned as he reached out with his fangs to grab at the smaller ants. Several little bodies laid in his wake.

To look at him through my 100mm lens was something akin to watching a SciFi movie. Now I know where they get that stuff.

Part of me felt really sorry for the black ant, not sorry enough to help him though. In the end the little ants killed the big guy.

Before they were done, he had probably killed about 15 small ants. They left his body lay, but by the end of the afternoon, they had removed all of the bodies of their own.

The teamwork of these ants amazes me every time I watch them.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day 561 - Upper North Falls

ISO 100, 24mm, f/13, 1/4 sec

Silver Falls State Park. A great place to go for a quick drive, short hike and beautiful view.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Day 560 - Evening glory

ISO 200, 200mm, f/4.0, 1/320 sec

Guess this morning glory missed the memo that it was supposed to close down in the evening.

I've never seen so many morning glories as we have this year. They are clearly enjoying the cooler days we've had this summer.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 559 - Tangled

ISO 200, 100mm macro, f/3.5, 1/200 sec

Our resident spider has rebuilt this web nearly every night for the last month. Normally it is the wind that takes it down, this time it was a tad bit soggy.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Day 558 - Wet

ISO 100, 105mm, f/4.0, 1/60 sec.

The brochure.

Our assignment for the Project 52 this week was an image for a new water repellent. Her are the details:
  • Bright colors are great!
  • The product works on skin and most materials
  • The product makes water less damaging to the material
  • The product is used in business and consumer products
  • Their target market is product producers
The image was going to be used in three formats:
  • Cover for the brochure. (Square)
  • Banner for the website. (Horizontal - 960 pixels x 245 pixels)
  • Background for the product itself. (Just a section to use for the packaging background) 
Go figure, it rained this morning just for me (actually, it rained all day).

The web banner.

The background texture.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 557 - Harvest

ISO 100, 100mm macro, f/9.0, 1/320 sec.

On our way home from the butterflies, Jeff nearly twisted my arm off to stop by a wheat field.

I was forced to get out and shoot. Even though it was long before I was born, I am the daughter, grand daughter, and great grand daughter of wheat farmers. A field of wheat is always beautiful to me.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Day 556 - The pup

ISO 400, 100mm macro, f/3.5, 1/125 sec.

My friend Jeff and I took a field trip out to Wings of Wonder today. Going to the butterfly exhibit just makes me happy.

As Jeff and I floated around the observatory, one of the owners called us over to watch the release of a few newly hatched butterflies and moths. This little beauty was one of them. She thought it was probably just a few hours old.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 555 - Hookie

ISO 100, 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1000 sec

I played hookie today. This is what it looked liked at the Oregon Sand Dunes near Florence, OR.

Nope, no guilt.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 554 - Happy squirrels

This a leaf off of one of our walnut trees. It's gonna be a banner year for walnuts I think.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Day 553 - The mad scientist

ISO 100, 60mm, f/8.0, 1/80 sec

Matt is the summer intern in our office. He's helping me round up students for photo shoots this summer.

Not only is he doing a great job, but he looks pretty darn good in front of the camera.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Day 552 - Afternoon in the park

ISO 100, 24mm, f/4.0, 1/100 sec

Today was the last day of my Learn to Light and it totally rocked. The models never showed up and that worked out perfectly.

We lit up everyone in close proximity that would let us.

I never learned the back story on these kids, but the interaction between the two dogs was worth the entire day for me.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Day 551 - Another workshop

ISO 200, 105mm, f/4.0, 1/100 sec.

I'm up in Portland taking a lighting workshop. This is from today.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Day 550- Tiffany and Sang

When Tiffany asked me to their engagement photos, I was nervous and excited and thrilled.

When I saw what a beautiful couple they were, I knew the pressure was on.

Tiffany wanted formal pictures with her traditional wedding gown, I loved everything about the gown and it looked stunning on her.

I had them meet me on the west side of the river. I laughed a little when they asked me for directions. It was their first trip down there even thought they lived here for nearly 10 years.

It was pretty clear that Tiffany and Sang are very much in love.

And I suspect there is a future of love, happiness and fun for them.

Congratulations Tiffany and Sang.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Day 549 - Why it rains so much in Oregon

ISO 100, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/1600 sec

So that every field is cluttered with wildflowers.

It's a scorcher today, 85°, wonder when the rains will come back.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 548 - Smooth landing

ISO 100, 200mm, f/4.0, 1/800 sec

It has been so rainy all spring that we never made it over to the wetlands this spring. Now everything is fenced off because they are re-roofing the high school.

There is an opening, and we knew our way around it, so off to the wetlands we went.

Not much for activity except for a few ducks.

Karen wandered off to explore the construction and I began to wander down the creek to see what else I could find.

I was stopped dead in my tracks by this smoldering patch between the road and the very dead grass.

Neither of us had cell phones on us, so I couldn't call for help, I tried to stomp it out, but it quickly became clear to me that it wasn't helping. Fortunately, someone had pitched a 16 oz. empty pop bottle close by. I sat my camera down and hauled water back and forth from the creek until I had put out all of the smoking areas and surrounded the entire patch with water.

It may have gone out on it's own, but it would have been devastating to the wetlands if it hadn't. And since the entire area is barricaded, there is no telling when it started to smolder or when the next person to sneak in would come by.

The culprit.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Day 547 - Happy 4th of July

ISO 100, 24mm, f/10, 7.0 sec

Not making it out his year, this was from last year.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Day 546 - Before the rooster crows

ISO 100, 23mm, f/22, 13.0 sec

My assignment for Project 52 this week is to make a killer self portrait for my About page. Right. Killer because they die laughing?

The verdict is still out on whether or not I'll post the best image of the bunch. The river looked awesome.

Evening shots are out of the question since we have a couple of greyhounds that freak out because of the frickin' frackin' fireworks. We got up at 3 am to catch this moment on the river.

The bridges are always worth it.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Day 545 - Swimming lessons

ISO 3200, 70mm, f/4.0, 1/200 sec

Roxy will be 15 in September is starting to show some weakness in her hind end.

This is Laurie, her hydrotherapy coach. Roxy loved the water, she's sleeping soundly now, but she really seemed to enjoy herself.