Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vista House at Crown Point

Today I worked in the Columbia River Gorge, one of Oregon's favorite natural attractions.  This is Vista House which overlooks the Gorge at Crown Point.  The river separates Oregon and Washington.  The Gorge has some of the most amazing cliffs that were formed long ago.  It's described as a "spectacular geological wonder".

The building has been a landmark and visitor spot since 1918. 

Because of the natural funnel-effect that the Gorge makes, it's generally windy and it was very windy at the Vista House today.  My plan was to take some shots for HDR images but it was too windy for a tripod.  That will have to be on my to-do list. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Floating Fuchsia

We looked out the front window this evening and saw this floating fuchsia between the two porch posts.  It's slowly spinning while hanging from a spider web thread.

It looks like it's defying gravity.

Maybe I should have waited until Friday to post this.  The title could be, "Friday Freaky Free Floating Fuchsia".

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Change in the Weather

Although this photo was taken last Saturday morning, it's evident that the weather is changing.  Cool night air passing over warm ground from the previous day gives the condensation needed for fog.   The fog makes this road look lonely compared to how it usually looks.

Our first day of fall today was cool and rainy.  I'm looking forward to fall, how about you?  I like the beauty with the colors, the food, the weather, and college football.  What do you like about fall?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fishing Memories

Fishing brings to mind good memories.  Memories like when I caught my first trout near Lake Michigan.  I was about 6 or 7 and we were on vacation taking a drive around the lake.  We stopped at a trout farm, the kind were you catch fish and then the nearby restaurant cooks them for you.  I was so excited when I got my first fish onto shore that I let him wiggle back into the water after I got him off the hook.  Okay, so it was the second one that made it to the dinner table.  The first one got away.  He was a "practice fish".

Then there were a few times fishing with my dad and grandfather and times with my son and grandson.  And I spent many hours fishing various lakes with my father-in-law in a little 12 foot Sears fiberglass boat.  I don't know how we got all that equipment in there with us.  It wasn't so much about catching fish because truth be told we didn't catch many.  It was more about being together and building relationships.

These photos were taken this morning on Tillamook Bay.  I was working on the coast and noticed a handful of boats on the water in a light drizzle.  The scene brought back the fishing memories.

I hope you have good fishing memories with family and friends.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Duck Designs

I posted this photo earlier this year but it wasn't in black & white.  The other night while looking through past photos I converted some to black & white just to see what they look like.  Have you done that lately?

This black & white version emphasizes the designs in the water late in the afternoon in the fall a few years ago.  I guess I'm looking forward to fall.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11

Today as we remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack, let's also remember how we were united as one nation on 9/12.  We are one nation under God... always.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Portland's Living Room

This afternoon I made a sales call at a downtown Portland hotel.  The lobby is on the 8th floor because Macy's takes up the first seven floors.  I caught this view of the center of downtown.  The building in the foreground on the left is Pioneer Courthouse which is a federal courthouse.  Built in 1869 it's the oldest federal building in the Northwest and second oldest west of the Mississippi.

On the right is Pioneer Courthouse Square which is also known as Portland's "living room".  This is where concerts and rallies are held and where the Christmas tree is on display.  And since the Northwest is known for its rainfall, today we even had the usual fair on tap.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mystery in a Small Coastal Town

At the coast this weekend I took some photos in Garibaldi Harbor in Tillamook Bay.  I thought the lady sitting on the end of the pier made for an interesting composition.  It wasn't until I looked at this one on the computer that I noticed it looks like no one is in the boat.  It could be an opening scene from a mystery movie set in a small North Coast town. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Love Note?

I've been working in Southern Oregon the last couple of days.  After I got home tonight I took off again to get my wife and I some dinner.  This was the sunset as I was riding home.  I caught it on the late side.  A few minutes earlier it was more pink.

When I see colorful sunsets and sunrises I can't help but think that they are love notes from God telling us that He loves us.