Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Snow Necklace

Yesterday we drove to a retreat center located in the mountains above Silver Creek Falls, for a rehearsal. As we drove higher the snow began to fall. It was 35 degrees outside, but that didn't stop the snow from accumulating about two inches. The trees were beautiful and I loved watching the graceful fall of the snowflakes.

Later as the snow began to melt I caught this lingering Snow Necklace encircling a budding branch.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Day Lilies

This is a photo I took last Spring. The colors of these fragrant lilies are breathtaking, but once opened, they typically only last a day or so.
They are called Day Lilies. I especially like the way the flower is accentuated by the reddish brick of the chimney.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Beauty Through Reflection - Weekend Reflections

The abandoned Mega-Church across from my parent's home is a never-ending source of incredible photographic opportunity.

That wonderful day last week when my sweet Sis Clytie and I took our long walk, was full of mystery and magic.

It amazes me how beautiful destruction can become when viewed through a different perspective. The reflections of light shining on the broken window glass direct one's eye to the beauty beyond.

Beauty Through Reflection!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Think Pink!

It has been raining "cats and dogs" over the past few days. The deluge has filled our back yard with enough water the fish pond is overflowing! Though I am grateful for the rain, it has a way of, er, damping my spirits.

I was looking through the pictures I took on our walk last week--Sissy and I have so much fun taking pictures together over at the abandonded mega-church and in the forest--and I found this photo.

These amazing pink blossoms stretching up into the blue, blue sky are growing out of a confused rubble of glass and debris. Isn't it wonderful to know beauty can grow in the midst of such destruction? There is always hope. Think Pink!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Face of a Child

Last summer I caught the perfect profile of a child floating overhead. I continue to be amazed at the intricate detail of the shapes which can be found in the clouds.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Claw of Rock

I found this unusual outcropping of rock near the ocean in a park located outside Coos Bay, Oregon. It is such a strange formation I wanted to post it again.

The rocks there are just amazing--one can find entire cliffs twisted with red, orange and green. This rock looks like a giant stained claw. Very unexpected, and rather gruesome.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sitting on a Mayflower

I always look forward to walking in the woods with my sweet Sis. Friday we found May Flowers, Johnny Jump Ups and Trilliums carpeting the ground. There was magic in the forest that day . . . and more spring flowers than either of us remember seeing before.
The picture above is the first really good picture I've ever been able to take of a May Flower. They are VERY illusive.

One of the breathtaking moments of our walk included this little moth sitting atop a purple May Flower.
And there was a baby Trillium peeking out from beneath her Mama.

One couldn't miss the Skunk Cabbage we found growing down by the Crick. When their leaves are submerged in water they turn silvery. They are beautiful to look at, but there's a reason they're called "skunk" cabbage!!!
Above you see a Johnny Jump up. I didn't realize until later there was a cute little bug perusing his world from a bright petal.
It isn't spring for me until I've seen one of these sunny yellow wood violets. This year has been a banner year for violets. I've seen pink, white, purple and now bright yellow!
It was hard to leave the forest that day. Neither of us wanted to go back home . . .

So when the hustle and bustle of just living gets me down--I'll just slip back into the magical forests of our childhood, walking among the flowers and fern with my Sweet Sis.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Lily Pond Reflections

This is a picture I took last summer. My small backyard pond is one of the delights of my soul. I've always dreamed of having one there. There is something so restful, so peaceful when one sits next to a pond, where the goldfish slowly swim beneath reflection of flower, tree and sky.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Geometric Skies

It was so beautiful yesterday, I went outside to talk on the phone with my friend--good thing I had my camera with me--I caught this perfect triangle in the sky next to the great cedar tree.

A few hours later I glimpsed some interesting clouds through my office window--I ran outside with my camera and caught this amazing triangle which appears to have a circle in its middle.

A little later--clicking away--I noticed a square. If you look closely, there's a perfect heart inside. Can you see it?
Is this strange?
None of these photos, other than leveling, have been touched up in any way. I find our Geometric Skies to be more than a little disconcerting.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Did you realize clover is hairy? Well, it is--and these are so fuzzy and soft looking with the early morning dew clustered on their leaves.

I have a dear childhood friend, Juli, who can find four-leaf clovers where ever it grows. She often sends pressed four-leafed clovers to me in cards.

I rarely find them, though I do look. I think she has a gift. I've never known anyone else who can actually spot four-leafed clover the way she does!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Storm Face

Out in the country where the hills rolls softly toward the sea, a thunder cloud rolled through. Unexpectedly I saw the face of the storm. Can you?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Country Road

Not only do we have rain in Oregon, but often in late Fall and early Spring the fog curls thickly around the hills, eddying along the slow moving rivers and misting through the fields.

I was on my way home when I drove down this lonely country road, just at the foot of the Coast Range. There I found a line of trees marching softly along the gravel, to fade into the grey mystery of the fog.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Poison Oak

It is not uncommon to come upon poison oak sinuously winding its way up the oak trees, or bushing out from the side of the road. We learned to spot poison oak early as kids. It has a distinctive look to it--even the bare branches. Most people are very allergic to it.

It is a beautiful plant, but the oils are VERY toxic. One only has to brush against a leaf with a coat sleeve. Until washed, the oils remain. Touch it days, or weeks later and soon the blistering, weeping and itching begin. Nasty stuff for all its beauty!

I am sure I must have brushed up against something in the woods not too long ago--I've been fighting poison oak for a week now. It got on my neck and into my eyes. Just today it seems to be a bit better ... hurrah for Calamine lotion!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bee Happy

On our walk through the desolate grounds of the abandoned and vandalized mega-church one sunny day, Sissy and I were delighted to notice the bees were out in force.

This delightful little honey bee was so busy collecting nectar, he didn't seem to notice I was taking his picture. Hurrah for Spring!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tippy Top Visitor

What a surprise to catch this little fellow gazing down from the tippy top of our ancient house. If you look closely, you'll see he has a walnut in his mouth.

Now I'm sure this may be the squirrel who's made its home in the walls upstairs. For years every Fall we would hear all kinds of rustlings and bustlings in the wall and ceiling of our bedroom. I could never find anything in the attic, so we concluded a nest must be located in between. Our cats used to visit, prowling over bed and bureau, to sit, listen and stare.

Another interesting note--the old fellows who rebuilt this old place after a major fire, sure had a funny way of putting the pieces back together!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bearded Lichen

On our last walk together, Clytie showed me the yellow lichen she'd found. I couldn't resist taking this photo. The spriggle of mossy grey beard next to the yellow cupped lichen seemed an unlikely marriage--I was intrigued and thought I would share it with you.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rain Song

I could not help feeling this little Daffy Down Dilly wore her crown of jewels in honor of Spring. I imagine her Rain Song would be gentle and pure, softening springtime sunshine with layers of sweet sound.

Spring is finally here!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Mt. Olympus?

I've always wondered what Mt. Olympus--often referred to in Greek mythology as the Home of the Gods--looked like.

I was waiting in a parking lot to meet a friend of mine, when I noticed the odd shapings of the clouds gathering over the city just across the river. I did a double take. Since when did we have a mountain that size in view from where I was?

It turned out the mountain was a cloud! Perhaps it was that illusive Mt. Olympus where the gods of mythology once lived. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it was.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Going Up

On our walks through the canyons and forests of our childhood, one can find amazing trees. They are huge, fissured and draped with delicate licorice fern and deep green mosses.

This is one of those spectacular giants. I believe it is a Maple tree--the tops of the trees are just starting to bud.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Columbia Gorge Sunset

Last Spring, while visiting Oregon's Great Columbia Gorge, I took a photo of this wondrous Sunset.

I am excited to announce a new blog by my brother, Mark, who is a photo journalist for a newspaper in the Columbia Gorge. His photography is magnificent and his writing is stirring. I think you will enjoy visiting. Would you all pop on over and take a look? It would be a great encouragement to him.

Here's the link:

Monday, March 1, 2010

If there were not clouds...

" If there were no clouds, we could not enjoy the sun." - Ancient Proverb

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” - Charles Dickens

"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” - Sigmund Freud

The truth is, dear friends--looking upon those who have lost family, friends and everything they have in these natural disasters--I need to remember that I have so much in my life, for which to be thankful.

Band Kitty - Stairway to Heaven

A few minutes ago, my husband and I found out our darling little Crickette' kitty flew away to heaven sometime Sunday morning while we were gone. We are both devastated at the loss of our small friend.