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Saturday, July 7, 2012


Check out my honeysuckle flowers! I am a proud gardening mama of a new honeysuckle bush this year. Last year, when I found out I was pregnant, I got a bunch of bulbs and perennial plants in so I would have a fairly easy garden this year. I knew I would not have time to dedicate to the project like I normally do. This plant was one of them. So I am happy to report that it is successfully growing up my back fence and attracting butterflies. And if only I could post a smell on this blog, because the fragrance is wonderful too!

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Sunset over the Columbia River

The other night, my son was quite fussy right at bedtime. The surefire cure for this is a car ride. He usually falls asleep within a few blocks of our home. I realized that this was happening right before sunset, so I grabbed my camera as we headed out the door. I am glad that I did, because I was able to catch the sun right as it disappeared behind the trees on Government Island, which sits in the middle of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.

What a great week back. I am so glad I have started blogging again. Thank you to all my new followers here on Blogger and the new people who have "Liked" Hood Photography on Facebook!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Stone House

I had to do some research to find the background on the abandoned shack in Portland’s Forest Park. This is what I found:

"Danford Balch, the original owner of the land in the Lower Macleay Park area, was the first man legally hanged in Oregon. On October 1, 1850, Danford Balch and his family took a donation land claim (DLC) of almost 350 acres near the settlement of Portland. He built a cabin on the land and became fairly successful but drank too much at times. By 1858, Danford and his wife, Mary Jane, had nine children—five boys and four girls. His eldest daughter, Anna, 16, eloped against her parent’s wishes with the hired hand, Mortimer Stump of Vancouver, Washington, on November 4, 1858. On November 18, 1858, Danford tried to retrieve his daughter from the Stumps when they came to Portland for supplies. Instead he “accidentally” shot Mortimer Stump to death with a shotgun. Danford was tried, found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. On October 17, 1859, Danford Balch was hung for the murder of Mortimer Stump. He was the first legal execution in the state of Oregon. In 1897, Donald Macleay, a prominent Portland merchant, turned the upper portion of the Balch property, the steep gulch of Balch Creek (pictured yesterday), to the city for use as a park. The Stone House was built during the Depression by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a restroom alongside then Balch Creek Road. It was maintained until the Columbus Day storm in 1962 took out the plumbing system and heavy vandalism over the years forced park officials to abandon it rather than embark on costly repairs. It remains as a favorite spot to rest along the trail."

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Waterfall in Forest Park

On Sunday, a friend and I hiked with my son on a trail in Portland's Forest Park. Forest Park is so awesome. Surprisingly, I had never been, but I am impressed by the concept of a large chunk of forest in the middle of Downtown Portland. The over 8 mile long park is one of the country's largest urban forest reserves. This waterfall caught my eye as we walked and I had to get a picture of it. The water was very muddy in Balch Creek that day from the recent heavy rainfall, but the picture, including the water itself, is pretty nonetheless.

To my American blog readers - Happy Independence Day!!!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012


In keeping with my rainy theme this week... While hiking last weekend, everything around us was dripping wet. You could not help but notice the huckleberries on the edge of the path. This one in particular caught my eye because of the perfect water drop just getting ready to let go.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Yellow Buttercup

Another little bug on a flower pic, but I am not sure what kind of bug this is on this buttercup. It is hard to photograph buttercups because of their shiny petals. I liked the little raindrops. Our weather is about to change back to sunny, so I made a point to get out this weekend and capture some of the rain drops and take advantage of the lighting an overcast day provides. I will post those pics all this week!

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