It was our 27th Wedding Anniversary. For three years we've celebrated our wedding anniversary in Pacific City, Oregon. This is an enchanted place where just about anything could happen. We were blessed--the weather was fair, the wind crisp and cool. Here you see Teacup Rock against a spectacularly blue sky.
One can meet the most interesting people walking along the beach. I thought this young fellow with that wonderful hat was the very picture of magical quality of our weekend.
There was a minus tide which allowed us to walk along places normally covered by the sea. In particular I enjoyed the colorful starfish curling into the face of the rocks.
I worked hard to capture the teal green of the ocean when the sun shown through the waves. I was finally able to capture a sense of that illusive color in this sparkling wave.
Above you see one of the most spectacular and fascinating aspects of Pacific City. Every morning the Dory boats go out to sea. The Dory is a small, shallow-draft boat with high sides, a flat bottom and sharp bow used in commercial fishing.
The boats take turns coming back to shore. Around mid-afternoon, there's a blast of horn to warn surfers a boat is coming in. One can watch a Dory boat gather it's strength to fly at the beach full-tilt--engines are unhinged so when the boat hits the sand, it slides up out of the water, halfway up the beach. It is a thrill to watch as they come in one after the other!
We climbed the sand dune, where the pathway branches out along the spine of the cliff. That's where we found this funny fellow. I can't figure out if he's just grouchy, or if he's puckering up for a kiss! I call him the Muffin Man.
While we were sitting together on these cliffs, in the cove just below the Muffin Man we saw a great grey whale! It is the first time I've seen a whale in real life. I did not get a good picture of the whale--but the memory was magical.
This rainbow colored rock wall was just above a cave where the water pounded and sighed. Up on the curve of the rock, I was sure I could see the outline of a mermaid. Can you see her? She's silhouetted against the colors of the rock.
Our 27th Anniversary was absolutely lovely. We came away with so many wonderful memories--it was REALLY hard to go back home!
When I see something unexpected, unusual, or beautiful, my focus suddenly sharpens and intensifies. The sensation tickles! That's when I say something "fills my eyes." It is the greatest compliment I can give.
"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." -- Ansel Adams
The Columbia Gorge
"Sometimes it is not the camera as much as the "thing" you chose to photograph." -- Abraham Lincoln
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. -- E. M. Forster
Welcome to my World
I have always loved taking pictures. I took my first and only photography class at West Linn High. The photo lab was located in the bowels of the school near the gym's locker rooms. There we learned to manage typical dark room techniques and procedures for developing film.
Things have radically changed since those days. Today's technology no longer requires pungent trays of chemicals and a dark room.
With the invention of the digital camera, I was set free to capture the amazing, unusual and the unexpected. My camera is always by my side.
I never know when, or where I will be able to capture some delicate beauty, or unexpected oddity.
Welcome to my world!
Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you'd think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.
--Lewis Thomas, The Lives Of A Cell
"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~ Anton Chekhov
I am interested in people, stories, art, drama, music, nature, and photography.
I love to photograph the forest, my garden, birds of all kinds, the river, my town, our historical home, the ocean and so much more. The stories one can find are endless.
The seasons of nature are fascinating to me. Every year, time and the seasons seem to vibrate with increasing intensity
A Fairytale Mind
This is a link to my favorite book reviewer. Rena Lanyon gives a well-written review from a youthful perspective.
Art from Trash
by Clytie, Queen of Hearts
Sharp Shinned Hawk
The Incredible Photography of Abraham Lincoln
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.-- Mark Twain
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