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Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of 2010

Choosing just one photo to represent your entire years worth of photography is a huge challenge. Its not one I could ever do alone. This week I chose my top dozen favorites and posted them on my Facebook so my friends could help. I am so grateful for their responses. They helped me narrow down the choices and the above picture, taken in June, was my choice for my favorite photo of 2010. My friend Matt's comment summed up exactly why I love this photo "I love the way you stopped time with that picture". That is how I felt the first time I uploaded it to my computer and saw the unexpected result.

I tried hard to learn new techniques and improve my "eye" for taking photos this year. I hope you all have enjoyed the results. Thank you so much for your continued support of this blog. If it were not for the comments of my visitors and followers, I would have no audience. For this I am grateful and it keeps me motivated

Happy 2011 everyone!

(PS) I have listed below the other 11 "favorites" that I chose from this past year. Enjoy the look back!

#1. 1/10 Ladybug with Water Droplet

#2. 2/10 Sunset in Lincoln City

#3. 4/10 Reflections in the Sand - Neskowin, OR

#4. 5/10 Crown Point

#5. 8/10 Moon Rise Sunset

#6. 8/10 Busy Bee

#7. 8/10 Little ZigZag Falls

#8. 9/10 Blue Heron at Trillium Lake

#9. 10/10 Autumn at the Portland Japanese Gardens

#10. 11/10 Mt Hood at Dusk

#11. 12/10 Foggy Tree Line

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dripping Moss

It is the middle of the "soggy" season here in the northwest. If it is not raining, it looks like it might. Today there was actually some snowflakes mixed in with the rain! On the bright side, it does make all the greens very vibrant, and they will remain that way until autumn next year. Only 5+ months til summer!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Clackamas River X-ing

X again on ABC Wednesday. I am showing this X-ing (crossing) that spans across the Clackamas River. If you look close, in the middle, there is even an X in the beams! ;)

Monday, December 27, 2010

It's Finally Over!

The Christmas holiday is OVER!!! Dont mind my Bah-Humbug attitude, but I find the holidays stressful. Relaxing at home yesterday without a care was refreshing. However, it also means I was too lazy to get out with my camera, so I am still posting a few shots I took from last weeks adventures up the Clackamas River. The snow up there, luckily, only ventured down to our neck of the woods briefly last Sunday and was gone by the morning.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Upper Clackamas River

This past weekend, I took a drive up Hwy 224/Clackamas Hwy outside of Estacada up into the Mt Hood National Forest. The highway winds along the Clackamas River. This view is one of my favorite. The river is down in a deep valley, and the water is so green and pretty.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


This random creek on the side of the Clackamas River Highway barely qualifies as an actual "waterfall" around here. But because the water is flowing so heavily right now, it was impressive enough to deserve pulling to the side of the road for a picture. I didnt stay out there long. It was very cold and started snowing shortly afterwards.
Happy first day of Winter, Northern Hemisphere :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Unexpected snowfall

It snowed just a little bit yesterday right at dusk. It had been very cold all day, but there was no precipitation. When a bit of moisture did hit the air, it dusted a fine layer on the ground. By morning, it was all gone though.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Layered Sunset

I have always liked this picture. The colors are great, but my favorite part is the mist forming below the cloud line.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Another photo from Central Oregon, this time of the Deschutes River Valley. I'm not sure what type of building was down on the valley floor, but possibly a mill of some sort. It was very dilapidated.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Missing Blue Skies

To the east side of the Portland Metro area is a large stretch of land, between the towns of Gresham, Boring and Sandy. This land holds many scattered farms and nursuries, such as this one pictured. This time of year they switch from the spring blooming trees and summer plants to Christmas tree sales. I took this photo about a week ago, on a surprisingly blue sky day (but it was COLD!). This week, the weather has been wet and cloudy, but actually quite warm (its is 56 degrees as I post this, which is warm for a December day in Oregon). Not too good for all that snow that you can see covering Mt Hood in the distance! I can imagine it is a soggy, slushy mess!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Late Autumn Central Oregon Landscape

Taken a few weeks ago on our trip to Central Oregon, the ground is frozen solid in this photo. Everything is very still. There is a very light dusting of dry, flaky snow on the ground. Mt Hood can barely be seen in the distance, peeking out from under the dark, thick cloud covered sky.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Dads Old Tractor

Digging way back in the archives for todays photo. My Dad built the house that my family grew up on. This tractor was a major part of the work he did. Back in April of 2004, my Dad sold the house. I took this photo on the last day I set foot on the property. A fitting photo for Sepia Scenes (which I have never participated in until today) and Photo Thursday (theme today is construction).

I wish I could go back and take the photos I took back that day again now. But some things are better left to memory.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A bit of rain

Believe it or not, it was actually dry for a few days ;) But yesterday it rained a bit. With the rain came a bit warmer temperatures (in the 40's instead of the 30's we've been experiencing). I don't mind the rain at all. Well, for now. Ask me again in April or May HAHA!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Under and Up

It is the end of mushroom season. It is getting way too cold for them to survive, and it actually has been quite dry for about a week now. But this picture is one of my favorites, and went well with ABC Wednesdays "U" theme today. I had never seen a mushroom like this one, and have not since.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Back on the road

What a weekend!!! On Friday, my car had some troubles. Nothing makes me panic more than car problems. I'm not car savvy, and the potential for real problems and the costs that come with them is overwhelming. Luckily, my brother is VERY car savvy and came over to take a look. A small problem, very easy fix, and my car was back on the road. WHEW!

Photo taken two weeks ago on our way to central Oregon. The sky was really odd - very dark in some places, but a few bright spots of blue. And it was COLD!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Foggy Mornings Bring Sunny Afternoons

I rarely go black and white on my photos. But this one screamed for the desaturation. Driving to work yesterday the fog was so thick. I pass this field every day and always thought, "on the next foggy day, I am stopping". Luckily, I actually had my camera with me and was able to get the tree line fading away. By afternoon, the fog had burned off and it was actually sunny in areas for the first time in what seems like weeks. Today is also a blue sky day! Lucky us :)

On a side note, tomorrow is the 114th Civil War between my beloved Oregon State Beavers and the #2 BCS ranked team in the nation, the Oregon Ducks. GO BEAVERS!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


One of my favorite things to do is go on a hike in the middle of the woods with my camera. This time of year this becomes a bit difficult, since most of the trails look like this (or worse)!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Portland Pit Stop

I havent had a chance to upload any of the photos I took of my Thanksgiving travels from last week. So I am posting this one I took a while ago. In downtown Portland, there were many geese grazing at Waterfront Park just before dusk.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Eve

It is quite hard to motivate myself to go outside and take any pictures. Normally on Wednesdays, I post an outdoor pic or watery pic. But the water outside is frozen due to the cold weather, and I am not venturing outside for the same reason! So I decided that this picture would be appropriate. I took it on the drive to my Dad's house in Prineville last year. This is literally in the parking lot of a rest area in Warm Springs, OR. The autumn colors and dawn fog were so beautiful. We wont be taking this route to my Dads this year because of the heavy snowfall. The drive over Mt Hood is too treacherous. So we will be going a different route east. Hopefully I can spot something picturesque going that way to post next week!

Monday, November 22, 2010

First Frost of the Year

It has been a cold one here in the Portland Metro area! On Saturday there was a good coat of frost on everything by 10pm. Yesterday we had our first snowfall too, although nothing came close to sticking near my home. The higher elevations have had accumulation though. It is threatening to snow again today/tonight. It makes for an interesting Thanksgiving week, thats for sure!

Friday, November 19, 2010


There are a lot of these clear cut areas around the mountain area. If you look closely, you can see the baby trees that have been planted though. Hope for the future, I guess. Kinda reminds me of my front yard now, after the tree I wrote about a few weeks ago has been taken down. My yard and its one tree is a much smaller scale, of course.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Upper Umbrella Falls

I took this photo almost a month ago, back when the weather was still pretty nice out. Now it is wet, cold, raining, miserable. Not exactly inviting to go out and take a hike or take photos. It is the autumn slump I go through this time of year, where it getting increasingly difficult to post things. I will do my best to keep up the blogging and hopefully will have some new stuff in coming weeks. Until then, bear with me!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hawthorne Bridge

The Hawthorne Bridge is typically photographed from the east side of the Willamette River west looking towards downtown Portland, as seen here. I took this picture from the waterfront in Downtown Portland looking south-east. You can see the lift at the west side, used to let boat traffic thorough.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sunny Hills

The smallest of sunbreak can be a welcome relief when facing the stretch of rainy, wet weather we have been having. Before you know it, the sun is gone again though!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Below Sahalie Falls

A few weeks ago I posted about visiting Sahalie Falls up near Mt Hood Meadows. When you stood on the old bridge to take a photo of the falls themselves, you could look straight down and see this view of a small waterfall. I wish I could have hiked below to take a more straight forward shot, but it was not an easy slope to navigate and suicide was not on my agenda that day. ;)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Color Variety

Love the different stage of change these leaves are going through. The colors are so bold!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Autumn Hood and the First Snow

As predicted a few weeks ago in this post, the clouds covered Mt Hood and it began to snow up there. This picture was taken just a few days ago. Since the snow has fallen, we have been lucky enough to have had clear skies and 65-70 degree weather the past three days, and the view of the white, newly snowed on mountain is awesome. This was taken from Jonsrud Viewpoint in Sandy, OR at dusk. I love the changing leaves in the valley below!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

RIP Tree

Today people are coming to take down the 50+ year old tree that lives in my front yard. The city contacted my landlord and told her she needed to take down the tree because its roots are disrupting the sidewalk that goes in front of our house. Its rather sad. In its place the landlord will plant a new tree. :(

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Waterfall at Japanese Gardens

Another shot from the beautiful Portland Japanese Gardens. Yesterday, I posted a photo from one of the most famous views in the gardens. This is one of the first areas you come across when you walk in. In the summer you can see koi swimming in the waters. This day, it was just floating leaves :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Portland Japanese Gardens

Up in the West Hills of Portland not far from downtown is the Portland Japanese Gardens. On a day like this past Sunday, there are hundreds of visitors. The weather was mild, and the leaves are in the best part of their color change.

Monday, November 1, 2010

MAX Light Rail

November's City Daily Photo theme is "Public Transportation". I was in downtown Portland yesterday, and thought our mass transportation light rail, MAX (Metropolitain Area Express) would be a great example of this. Originally opened in 1986, it now stretches in all directions of the Portland metro area, from the east side of Gresham (where I live), out to Hillsboro on the west side of Portland, north to the airport and south to Clackamas. At one point, the train goes from downtown Portland undergroud towards the Hillsboro, stopping only once at the zoo. At this point, it is 260 ft underground, making it the deepest in North America, and the second deepest in the world! More info about MAX can be found here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cloudy Skies, Rainy Days

The cloudy weather has taken over this neck of the woods. Don't blink, or you will miss the bits of blue in the distance!

Happy Halloween to everyone!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sahalie Falls

About a half a mile east of the Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area, back in the woods off Hwy 35 is Sahalie Falls. The best view of the falls can be seen from a bridge much like this one, which is the remains of the old mountain highway. Two weekends ago when I took this photo, the leaves were just beginning to change. Now, I would bet, there is a bit of snow on the ground at this location.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Better Hurry!

These bees better hurry and finish collecting for the autumn. The weather has turned from mild, like it was when I took this photo a few days ago, to rain, wind, and up the mountain, snow.

On Friday I posted what I thought was going to be my last photo of Mt Hood before it snowed up there. I was right! The snow started accumulating over the weekend and has already reached a foot and a half at Timberline Ski Area. Down where I live, the wind and rain were fairly intense, and I am sure these bees were not out much in that weather!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Last Clear View???

This could be the last clear view of Mt Hood before the clouds cover it for the winter. The mountain looks sooooo bare!!!! Its almost shocking. This view is from Mt Hood Meadows, which is a ski/snowboard resort on the southeast side of the mountain. Portland is on the west side, so this is a different view than I am accustomed to seeing when I glance up from my area.

Once it starts raining (which it has actually done today), its cold enough up there now to start to accumulate snow. When I was a kid growing up only 10 miles from the base of Mt Hood, it snowed almost every Halloween. That's next weekend. I dont think we are going to reach that this year, but the snowfall will follow shortly thereafter.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Antique Tricycle

Todays Theme Thursday topic is "wheel". Sitting along a footpath was this cute antique tricycle. Its paint was slowly chipping away and the rubber of the tires was deteriorating. I thought it made it even more interesting, so I took a photo of it!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Umbrella Falls

The focus of our hike this past weekend was to visit Umbrella Falls. I had never seen the falls, and they were quite pretty. Its so hard to take pictures of moving water when its so sunny and bright out though!!! But regardless, it was a beautiful area.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Napping in Nature

On our hike this weekend, we came across this wide open meadow. From this view you can clearly see the flattened grasses near the edge of the creek where a family of deer rested. Meadows like this are like natures living rooms. I love the autumn colors as well. The reds really pop!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mushroom Hike

Yesterday I went on a hike up on Mt Hood. This week I will be posting pictures of the day.

The mountain is going to get buried under snow very soon, so we took the chance to go on an autumn hike up there while we still could. We chose a route that is not well travelled, and didn't see a single person the entire time we were on the trail. The entire trail was lined by groups of a variety of mushrooms. I liked this clump in particular. Underneath the larger mushrooms grew the tiny little yellow ones! So cute!