Saturday, September 20, 2008

Gray Day on the Oregon Coast

Gray Day on the Oregon

Gray days seem to depress most people but not me. They do tend to slow me down a little and I usually need that. I find Gray Days calming and relaxing. I love to take pictures on gray days because I am not fighting with the sun about lighting issues. Also on days that are gray It seems that the tranquility boosts my imagination. Now don't get me wrong I love the sunshine to. But I tend to think I have to get things done right away when the sun is shining. Also I think I am afraid I am going to miss something when the sun is shining. I have found that I am more creative early in the morning and on gray days. O well just my theory.

My friend Dawn makes beautiful jewelry that remind me of the ocean. Check out her latest bracelet that's full of the wonderful things the ocean has to offer. I keep hinting about this one. So If you want it you better hurry cause I have an anniversary coming up.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008


In the week that I was on the Oregon coast the weather was a dreary gray. Its ok because I can usually gets some pretty good pictures on those days. But it was starting to get a little boring being all gray, rainy and chilly. As I rounded the next bend in the road I found these pert little yellow flowers waving to me. These yellow wild flowers were just to fun to pass them by. Their bright yellow petals against a pretty blue sky just sets a mood for a fun day. I am not sure of their name but the mountains were just covered with them. As I rode down the rode and saw these bright flowers standing tall I just new the sun was coming out and it would be a great day.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


A storm was moving in as I traveled Interstate 5. The colors were changing so fast that it was an almost surreal feeling and look.
Of course the sky was at its best in front of a barn. I do think that these old barns are calling me. I alwas manage to come across them wen conditions are right for a good picture

Having traveled a lot in the infamous tornado alley, you can guest what I was thinking. Now storms don't scare me but I respect them. I some times think that I should have been a storm hunter cause I am drawn to them like a magnet. (doesn't make my mother happy) During the last couple of Hurricanes I got some pretty intersting pictures.

This photo was taken in Oregon on Interstate 5. South of Cottage Grove.

Monday, September 15, 2008

How Many Colors Can You Count

This photo of Mother Nature showing off new fall color line reminds me of my elementry school teacher showing us a picture and asking How many colors can you find. Of course in this picture there is no answer because the shades change constantly
When I was in elementary school I had a teacher that would show us a picture and ask how many colors can you count. Well she of course wanted the basic colors but when I look at a picture scene like this I see plenty of greens and reds and browns and yellows so many in fact that there is no way that I can count them unless of course I take a picture and let the computer do that for me. According to my computer the number of colors is 517,550 but then whose counting. While I did not know to appreciate her then. I really appreciate her now. She gave me the ability to see, really see, but the sad part is I am not sure she even knew that she did. But that's Education for you, we all take what we need when we need it. Thank you to all of my teachers.

This photograph was taken on the Natchez Trace in the fall of 2007

Friday, September 12, 2008

Old Weathered Oregon Barn

I have a passion about old barns. When I passed this one I just had to take a picture of it. Its as if they call me because I end up taking some of the strangest routes only to find out the is an old barn there.
This one was just off the coast road in Oregon I really could not tell you how to find it I was just driving and saw a little road and just a little way down that road sat this old weatherd barn.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Centennial Bridge

My work days are any where from 10 to 14 hours long so I either grab a shot along the way or find them on the way to a hotel or restaurant. I don't get to do a lot of planing so most of my shots are just a matter of being there at the right time. Choosing the right scene and shoot. I have stayed in so many hotels that I just cant stand to go in till dark. So my camera has become my trusty side kick and traveling partner. Anyway I happened onto this Great little town of . The town and surrounding area is full of of covered bridges. In fact it is known as the Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon.

The Centennial Bridge was built in 1987 with timbers recycled from the Burnbaugh Bridge and the Meadows Bridges that were being dismantled. It is 14 feet from the peak of the roof to the ground and it is 10 feet wide. The Centennial bridge was built priamarily by volunteers to honor the 100th birthday of Cottage Grove It is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge with beautiful landscaping on both sides of the bridge.
If you get a chance to go to Cottage Grove makes sure you check out all the bridges. They are a wonderful way to slow down and relax. You will probably come away amazed at the quality of the workmanship since the bridges were built by hand and out of natural materials. I sure left with a better appreciation for the people that built them. I can understand why those folks that have these bridges love them.

The centennial bridge is located at the corner of Main Street and River Road

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Recently I had the opportunity to travel the Oregon Coast (a working trip). Although the weather was dreary the scenery was beautiful.
I had a pretty long day so when the clerk at the hotel suggested a restaurant that had an ocean view I jumped at the idea.
When I drove up I was not expecting a lot, since the restaurant was in a just ok looking hotel, but I was really surprised when I was seated at this window. The food was alright but the View was Priceless
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