The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Photo #91

Across the street....

Our neighbors have some gorgeous old Flowering Plum Trees and here they are........

Photo #90

Pioneer Square Sculpture

Through the years this sculpture has served as a backdrop

for lots of tourist and local family photos.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photo #89

Riding the rails

Yesterday we went downtown on the bus to catch the Red Line light rail over to the airport to do some Ikea shopping, then went over to N. Portland via the Yellow Line for lunch and then finally back to downtown Portland to catch our #35 bus back to Lake Oswego. While on the Yellow Line I chatted with this pleasant lady. Her little dog is a rescue dog that she has had for 3 years. I think she is one of our many homeless people here in Portland

Monday, March 28, 2011

Photo #88

One person's bicycle is another's garden art...

Surrounded by Euphorbia, Mahonia

and a basket of plastic flowers.......

Photo #87 and #87.5

Twin Baby Boys=Two Baby Quilts

We just found out a week ago that a friend of ours just had twin boys. So here are the two quilts for those boys ready to go to the quilters this morning. Every baby needs at least one quilt!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Photo #86

Scissor Shadow

Preparing to mat photos for Short Term Gallery.

A co-operative gallery in Baker City.

My blog photos will be featured in May through June.

and for more Shadow Shot Sunday photos go here:

Friday, March 25, 2011

Photo #85

Quick trip over to Baker City

We made a quick trip over to Baker City

yesterday. On our way home today we went

through La Grande and came upon

one of the oldest buildings in this town.

It was moved from it's original site to a site

above the city on a bluff by a parks walking trail.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Photo #84

Heat Coma

This is what Lucy looks like when she's in a heat coma

from standing in front of the fire too long....

Photo #83

Spring Cleaning

My sweetie decided that perhaps his desk drawer

held just a bit too much stuff. So he dumped all the contents

out on the floor and only put back some of it.....whew!

Most of these pens were all dried up and were tossed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Photo #82

Grandmother's China Closet

Years ago my Grandmother gave me her China Closet.

In it are assorted multi-generational

"treasures and momentos"

Monday, March 21, 2011

Photo #81

No the sky is not falling.........
Only thirty four more days
Before Easter eggs must be dyed
Why is Easter such an eggcentric holiday?

Photo #80

Lucy loves to soak up the warmth from our
gas fireplace before falling asleep in a heat coma.
For years we had a wood eating insert and last
year Russell installed this great fireplace. We
can turn off the furnace and this will heat
up the whole house! And what's best is that
our gas bill went down a bit!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Photo #79.5

Full Worm Moon
As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

To read what NASA has to say go here:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Photo #77

A Color For Every Day
I took the latest baby quilt in to the professionals.
Pat Roche has her quilting studio in lower SE Portland
and it's a virtual eye massage to visit.
Photo ops in every corner.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Photo #76

Happy St Patrick's Day!
This little flower grows on the sides of the road here.
I have no idea what it is, but I liked it so much I dug
some up and planted them in our back yard. They
have spread a bit, but they are not invasive because
after they come up in early spring and bloom, they die
back completely and don't reappear til the following spring.
Plus the slugs don't eat them!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Photo #75

Slightly Gnawed on Hellebore
I had to shoot this photo upside down because
with all the rain and the nature of how Hellebore's
grow all the blossoms were head down looking at the
soil. As you can see the slugs have been having
a bit of a feast on this plant. After I took this photo
I went around the garden picking all the daffodils that
were face down and brought them into the house.
As I put them into a vase a lot of slugs emerged from
inside the flowers...eeeew how disgusting. They were quickly
dispatched. I took no prisoners. Obviously our chickens are not
doing their job-or else there are just a lot of slugs this year.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Photo #74

First Crocus
Yesterday I went into our backyard and
found all sorts of budding and blooming treasures.
Here's one and I suspect there'll be another!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Photo #73

A Sure Sign of Spring
These tiny daffodils are such a treat
to see as this means everything else
will begin to pop up, pop out and bloom!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Photo #72 and 72.5

One thing leads to another....
It's been awhile since I made a baby quilt- the last two
were made last September and October. And now there
are two more cuties arriving this summer-so I'd better
get to sewing little quilts! Here's the first top done-for a
little boy due in June. Now I'll get the quilting done by
a friend who has a long arm machine -she does fabulous work.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Photo #70

Visual Blight in the Columbia River Gorge

Only time will tell if these windmills provide
enough energy to justify this visual blight.
I used to actually kind of like how these gigantic
windmills looked. Now I think they have cluttered
the landscape and ruined the vistas we once had.
So far a medium sized coal fired electric plant produces more
electricity than all the windmills and solar panels
in the whole USA and that doesn't make much sense.
Sustainable? Not so much.
For more photos etc go to my posting from last year:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Photo #67

Looking Down Into Hells Canyon
Tom and Sarah took us here Saturday.
We'd never been here before.
Neither words nor photos do it justice.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Photo #66

Multnomah Falls
We drove 300 some miles to Baker City on Hwy 84.
This is the first of many photos I took this weekend.
Note the small bridge at the bottom of the photo- it
really isn't small. That's how big the falls are.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Photo #65

Zephyr Bakery in Baker City, Oregon

A perfect place to have a great cup of coffee, chat with friends and
have some wonderful made from scratch baked goods!
We cannot say enough good things about this new bakery on Main Street!
Zephyr Bakery & Deli, 1917 Main St. owned by
Barbara and Paul McNeil, is open for business.
Sat. & Sun, 8:00am—4:00 pm
and for more Shadow Shot Sunday photos go here:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Photo #64

Barley Corn Patron

We're in Baker City this weekend !

A beautiful 5 hour drive across the state of Oregon

to visit good friends. And this morning it is

snowing ...fer crying out loud!

Photo #63

Brewery Shot at a McMenamin's
I am posting a few photos early as we'll be
out of web range for a few days.....back later
with some new photos of places perhaps you
haven't seen! Cheers!

Photo #62

The Vineyard Waits for Spring
Just diagonally across Stafford Road from the
Luscher Farm community gardens is the historic
Shipley-Cook farmstead that is now a vineyard for a local winery.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Photo #61

Historic Dolphins on the Willamette River
The Oregon Portland Cement Company operated for 70 years
in Lake Oswego's Foothills area that now has condominiums,
apartments and Foothills Park. The plant went into operation
in 1916. What you see here are the last remnants of the
business. The dolphins were used to tie up the ships that
would come up the river to load cement .

Tuesday, March 1, 2011