Friday, June 29, 2007

The Color Purple

Can you just imagine sitting in your backyard with your morning coffee looking out over this gorgeous field?

I don't know what kind of flowers these are and I wonder how they are a money crop.. I just know they are breathtaking and my heart almost stopped when I first came across these fields of flowers.

The Color Purple

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Floral Crops

Yep, the farm area around Silverton is certainly God's country. I was amazed at the different types of crops grown in this area. And I was absolutely delighted to find that many of the crops were flowers.. in some places huge brillient fields of flowers. But I'm saving those for my Silverton finale. :)

There are 4 different crops in this one photo.

Floral Crops

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Dead, Dried 'n' Done

I'm back home. The road from Salem to Silverton must have the most beautiful farm land in Oregon or other parts unknown. Gorgeous countryside. I got tons and tons of shots.

I have a lot of work to do sorting and editing but here is a quick edit on one before I'm head off to bed.

I think this little piece of land next to the old barn was the only spot I saw that didn't have crops growing. The farmer must have decided not to plant this area this year but all around it was lush with crops.

This Crop Is Done

I'll have to wait to visit your blogs tomorrow. Off to bed for now.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Grandson Raymon and Watermelon

I'm headed up to Salem for a couple days. I have a meeting on Wednesday so decided to go up a day early and visit the Oregon Gardens in Silverton and Silver Falls State Park just out of Silverton.

I've never been to Silverton or the Oregon Gardens so this should be fun. I hear Silverton has lots of murals around the town so I'm looking forward to that too.

This is my grandson sticky from watermelon juice :)

Raymers and Watermelon

See you Wednesday night

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Rusty in Remote

Some of you may remember when I posted this old car in Remote, Oregon before. I stopped and got another shot last time I went by. A lot more grass in the area but still a great old car.. and barn. Plus, everywhere you look this time of year you get the blackberry vines.

Rusty and Abandoned

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Pink Door Delight

Today I drove up Willis Creek Road out of a tiny community called Dillard, Oregon. I was looking for an old cemetery I remembered from years ago. I think I got my roads mixed up because I never did find the cemetery but instead found this delightful old building.... WITH A PINK DOOR!

Is this a great old building or what?

Pink Door

Pink Door2

It looks like the door was blue at one time.
Pink Door3

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Meet Kevin and Mary

Some friends got married today and I was thrilled to be asked to shoot the wedding. It was a casual wedding in a country park many miles from civilization and love was absolutely in the air. Just by watching them together it is obvious how much in love they are.

Kevin and Mary are good people, beautiful both inside and out.

I got permission to post a couple shots here but I couldn't decide, as usual, so here are my favorites.

Kevin and mary1

Kevin and Mary2

Kevin and Mary3

Kevin and Mary4

Kevin and Mary5

Kevin and Mary6

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Road To Broadbent

I would never have thought I could get so much Blogger mileage from lunch with my sisters in Myrtle Point. This was taken on a road leading from Myrtle Point to the small community of Broadbent.

The old building is covered in wild blackberry vines. Soon all the white flowers will turn into delicious berries.

Broadbent Road

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Valley Clouds

I just like how the clouds are hanging close to the ground on this one. This is near Remote, Oregon.


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Young Eagles

This is another multiphoto post but I need them all to tell the whole story here.

The Young Eagles Program is a nationwide program that provides free airplane rides for children. Over a million kids have "experienced the thrill of flight" because of generous local pilots who donate their planes and their time.

Today my grandson, Raymon, got to experience this thrill. Three children get to go up on each flight and today 45 kids were scheduled.

This is Raymon (looking only a little nervous)and the pilot, Larry Durst.

After everyone was registered and accounted for, the kids were loaded on to the plane...
flight loading

...and buckled in and ready to go...
flight kids

After a short taxi down the runway...
flight taxied

...they lifted off
flight lift off

This lovely lady is Maxine Durst, wife of the pilot. While the kids were in the air, Maxine explained the program to the parents, talked about the flight and answered questions.
flight maxine

The flight was exactly 20 minutes and part of the flight was over Wildlife Safari where they could view the larger animals.

The plane returned right on time...
flight return

...and the children returned happily displaying their flight certificates.
flight certificates

Thanks so much for your kindness and generousity Larry and Maxine.
Larry Durst

Larry and Maxine and any of the other parents who come to look at the photos, please feel free to download any pictures you would like.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Shooting Kittens

Today I did a kitten photo shoot and it was so much fun. A friend found herself with a litter of kitties and she needs to find homes for them. She decided a good way to find them homes would be to have photos of the kittens when she asked people if they wanted a one. How could anyone possibly resist these cuties?

This is the shoot that resulted. I tried hard to chose just a few of my favorites to post here but it was impossible to chose less than these seven. So here is your warning... cute kitten overload coming your way.








Wild Flowers

My Internet was down last night so I'm late. This is yet another scene from my last weekend trip to Myrtle Point.

Wild Flowers

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Calm Before The Storm

I love storms and I love the feel in the air just before one hits.

Calm Before The Storm

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Fun Surprise

I don't know how I manage it but I really do seem to be in the right place at the right time often when I'm taking pictures. But then again, maybe its that I'm out taking pictures so often I HAVE to be in the right place at the right time occasionally.

Anyway, the story here... I went to have lunch with my sisters and a cousin last Saturday and the photos I've been posting since then were taking during that trip to Myrtle Point, Oregon.

I got to town a little early so I drove around and decided to take a street named Ash that turned into a country road. I stopped along the road to take a picture of an old fence post with daisies and wild roses around it...


... and suddenly a head popped up from the tall grass in the area.


I was pleased and surprised to discover a curious horse staring at me.


He/she stared at me a long time allowing me to take lots of shots of the horses head in the daisy patch.

Look back at the first photo and you can see the horse hidden in the grass but I didn't discover that until I got home and downloaded the photos. Did you see him the first time?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Out To Pasture

This old truck seems to have outlived its usefulness and, much like an old horse, has been turned out to pasture. Many thanks to the farmer who left this reminder of days gone by. My husband says he thinks its a 40's Ford truck but isn't sure. Anyone know for sure?

This is near the tiny community of Tenmile, Oregon. I've been through this area many times and have never noticed this truck before because it sits at the back of a large pasture. Yesterday I stopped to take some pictures of hay bails across the road and discovered the truck when I started to get back in my car.


This gives an idea of how far back in the pasture it is and why I missed it before.
Truck in distance

Saturday, June 9, 2007

The Herd and The Flock

Today I drove to a little town about 50 miles from here to have lunch with my sisters and a cousin I hadn't seen for about 25 years. We had a great lunch and a great visit. The town, Myrtle Point, is where I hung out in my teenage years and where I completed high school. Of course I snapped pictures all the way there and back. Here is the first. I probably have a weeks worth.

Those are sheep in the back pasture.

The Herd and The Flock

Friday, June 8, 2007

Peace In The Valley

I discovered this barn on the same road as the old school. It's such a peaceful scene.

Peace In The Valley

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Watchful Mama

These beauties live at the Wildlife Safari in Winston. Oregon.

This mother cheetah was carefully watching over her babies.
Watchful Mama

I would watch carefully too if I had this precious bunch of kitties.
Cheetah Babies

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Photowannabe mentioned a series of photos from the old school in yesterdays post so I went back through my shots to see what else I had. The best I can do for now is showing more of the surrounding area.

I'll get out there again soon and will trespass this time. There is a fence but a way to get through the fence without toooo much trouble and there is no "no trespassing" sign. I also don't know if they would let me post to my blog from jail so if I disappear for awhile you'll know why :)

School from distance

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Historic School Site - Roberts Creek #37

A friend told me about this old school. Its only about 5 miles from my home and I couldn't believe I didn't know about it. I've been on the road a few times but its hard to see if you aren't looking for it. I would love to know the history behind it but I can't find anything so far.

Old School 2

I messed with it some in Photoshop
Artsy Old School

school sign