Sunday, January 31, 2010

Struggling to Find Colorful Things

 
Stopping to ponder on a lonely curve.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Beginning of a Life-Long Bond

 
This was taken a little over 4 years ago. That's our oldest granddaughter getting her first up-close look at her new baby sister who is only about an hour old. God's ability to knit us together in our Mother's womb, as the Bible says, is truly a miracle.

Friday, January 29, 2010

North Coast Wave Action

(Along Hwy 101 south of Cannon Beach, OR)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Portland Infrastructure


I worked downtown yesterday. We have a World Trade Center which is comprised of three buildings connected by two triangular shaped catwalks. I always park the motorcycle so I have to walk these catwalks to get to the building were I have my appointment. The area is an interesting assortment of angles, beams, windows, and reflections. Below shows darkened buildings which reveal an Oregon blue sky. Blue sky in January is a treat!



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rock Tree, or is it Tree Rock?


(A sea stack rock Tillamook Bay, OR)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Friday Gift


Yesterday it rained most of the day in Portland. In the afternoon I rode my motorcycle to the jail where I do some volunteer work. In the evening on the way home while passing through the Jackson Bottom Wetlands I could see through the trees on my right a nice sunset developing. There are two fields on the other end of the Wetlands that are full of water. I figured the field on the west side might have some good photos to be had. I didn't realize that there would be a duck nicely placed on the lake.

 

In the spitting rain I took 18 photos by the side of the road. These scenes don't happen too often. I consider it a gift from the good Lord.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

God's Sovereignty


"God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day."  (Genesis 1:5)

I'm so grateful that God has everything under His power and authority.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Amazing Design


In Oregon we have a lot of ducks and geese. 


As with many other creatures it's amazing that males and females have their own distinct color and design. Too amazing to be by accident.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Tree


I drive or ride by this tree sometimes three times a week. I refer to it as "the tree". I usually look at it whenever I go by. It has a different look depending on the season. The above photo was taken Friday afternoon about 4 pm.

I was going to post this photo yesterday morning but decided against it Friday night. Yesterday, Stacey at Addicted to The Click posted a wonderful image of a dramatic sunset and tree that she calls hers. At the risk of being a copycat, she suggested that I still show my tree.

The tree itself is not necessarily interesting. The fact that it's alone in a field is sort of attractive. And just like the fields I showed a week ago, this field is also filling with rain water. In fact, this field is about 1/2 mile down the road from the others.

 
The images above and below were taken four years ago last week. It was later in the afternoon and I didn't have a tripod with me so the ISO was pretty high. The tree looks lonely yet confident.

 
It's interesting that many trees go through the harsh winter months stripped of all their leaves and yet come back stronger in the spring. I think God has the same plan for us when He brings us through trials and tribulations. And I don't always remember to do this but I think it's important to turn to Him immediately at the first sign of trouble.
  

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Table With a View?


Three Arch Rocks viewed from Roseanna's Cafe - Oceanside, OR

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Peace Be With You


"cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."
(1 Peter 5:7)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Alien Plant Life?


January in the Northwest is... well, rainy and gray. It can be difficult to find bright colorful subjects to photograph. I found this well trimmed plant and decided to give it some color. Now I just have to come up with a name for it. Any ideas?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tropical Clouds


Dreaming of anything tropical these days?

More Sunday Morning


Not as colorful as yesterdays photo of the sunrise but this is a view to the west of the larger of the two fields also filled with water. The color is much softer with the only evidence of the sunrise being a slight pink cast in the sky above the trees on the left.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday Morning


It was a brisk 36 degrees yesterday morning as I rode my motorcycle to the county jail for chapel service. There's a certain section of the road that has low lying fields on both sides. One of the fields isn't too big and both have tree lines around them which make for some interesting shots, especially this time of year when the fields fill with water. Heading north as I rode down the blind curve to the right which brings me to the fields, this was the scene over the little one on the east side of the road.

I believe that God "paints" these scenes for us. I was blessed to be there with my camera. Tomorrow I'll show you what the big field looked like.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Concentration


Our oldest granddaughter concentrating on something. This was before she had a cell phone and discovered the fine art of texting.

Some Needed Global Warming


(Cabo San Lucas sunrise 2005)
Hoping you stay warm on a cold winter's day.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sailing Away


(Click to enlarge)
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Rusty Security


Where do you put your security these days? Hopefully not in things that rust.

I Can See for Miles & Miles


Looking south at Mt. Jefferson from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Timberline Lodge was built in the 1930's and sits at about the 6000 foot level of Mt. Hood's 11,249 feet. The sky tends to be pretty blue at this elevation.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Old Signage

 
I saw this Ghost sign yesterday in Albany, Oregon. 

Foggy River


We tend to have two prominent colors in Oregon this time of year...green and gray.

Cobblestone Reflection


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

Rusty Barn

 
While on a ride Saturday afternoon I was reminded that we have a rust problem in Oregon. Black and white barns aren't even immune.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday Mornings

 
I do some volunteer work at the county jail. Early every other Sunday morning I ride my motorcycle (if the weather permits) through the country to the jail for chapel service. It's become a special time of solitude and time of more awareness of the beauty and design around us. This photo was taken four years ago this month at the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tranquil Bay


Nehalem Bay, Oregon

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

 
"As we start the New Year, let's get down on our knees to thank God we're on our feet." - Irish