A couple months ago my husband took my daughter to work at his Family Law Firm for the day so I took the time to go photograph the Saint John’s Bridge that was disappearing into the fog. These are the photographs I took while visiting the Saint John’s Bridge. When I arrived it was not as immersed in fog as I had been hoping, but over the hour I took getting to the edge of the river to photograph the bridge at a different angle, the fog got thicker.
I made the decision to turn these photographs into black and white photos even though the bridge has a distinctive green finish and the grass was a beautiful color. I just felt like they conveyed the mood a little better in black and white.
I hope you enjoyed them. It was a nice calm afternoon for me. I have been really enjoying the large amounts of fog we have had this year, but I am feeling very ready for spring now. Also my daughter thought it was the best thing to get to go to work with her Daddy.
Wow, I can’t believe it! I got another set of three ready to post again this week. These are photos I took almost a year ago that I have many more to edit, and have been meaning to get around to for, well almost a year, ha ha ha.
A friend and I took a hike during flower season last spring at a place called Tom McCall Preserve. I did not realize how steep this hike is when we started out. I had gone to this place with my Mom and my kids a while back, but we stayed on a very flat trail. My friend was totally unprepared to go on such a difficult incline I suspect. However this is a hike that has more than enough breathtaking views to give you a break every step if you wanted to stop that often.
Starting out you are able to look out over the Columbia Gorge and a field of flowers. As you progress up the hill you start to see Mount Adams (I think) peeking up from the North. It soon is completely visible with the gorge situated in view as well.
Along the way you see Indian Paint brush, as well as flowers in purple, yellow, white, and greens. There are butterflies and birds. Plenty to feast your eyes on.
As you make a sudden turn around the bend nearing the vista we stopped at is the definite climax of the hike, where all of a sudden Mount Hood pops up to the West. Bam, seriously I made a huge gasp when I saw it.
Of course it was windy as heck once we made the plateau looking out over Mount Hood (it is the Gorge) so because we did not prepare well for our hike we did not stay an extraordinarily long time. It was a hike well worth it.
My kids and husband got roller blades when I was in New York for my Grandma’s memorial service. They have been practicing in our garage over the last week.
On Sunday it was not raining out, so we all ventured outside to practice roller blading. My daughter stool needs help and I thought her progression makes a cute started the photos.
When we left the house I held her hand the entire way to this (unused) parking lot. When we arrived she wanted Daddy to help her, and my son really wanted to come help also.
Then my son decided they were not going fast enough so it is just Daddy and daughter.
Next she was ready to try all on her own.
Still wobbly, but excited!
I am hoping to get around to another post this for this weeks theme, but it will depend on my ability to find time to do photo editing.
I hope you have a great week!
As often happens with me, I am getting around to posting these pictures from a few months ago. I took these photos after taking pictures for my daughter’s forth birthday. We were at a local park and I noticed this pair of woodpeckers up in the trees. They were not very happy about us using the space to take photos. I however thought they were beautiful and took the chance to photograph them.
I also noticed a bunch of rose hips.
This last weekend I was blessed with the ability to go back east to New York for my Grandma’s memorial service. I did not think I was going to make it out for it, but last minute my Mom made it possible for me. That was the true treasure of the week for me. Just being there, with my family, seeing all of them, having conversations years in the making, feeling the emotion that comes with loss, and remembering the years that my Grandma and Grandpa were in our lives.
All of us reminisced about the cottage my Grandparents had in Glenora, New York. My cousin Michael was able to let me tag along with him to see this wonderful little place once more, even though they have not lived there for many years now, we all still find it rooted in our memories.
The church where the memorial service was held is the same church my parents both attended every Sunday growing up. It has beautiful windows, that area treasure the new church’s of today have left behind.
A treasured memory from the past:
My Grandma with my daughter, taken about 4 years ago, my Grandma had recently turned 90.
I also was lucky enough to bring a few treasures home with me to share with my kids and remind me of my Grandma, however nothing was as treasured to me as getting to spend a couple of days processing with my family. Of course I would not have realized how much I had missed out on if I had not gone, but it was better than I had imagined. I think it was a combination of being an adult (with no kids to distract me) and having all of us there at one time, that allowed me to have some really nice conversations.
I hope that all of you have had a nice week and are looking forward to a good weekend.
My daughter and myself cuddling up on a very cold day.
Sailing during fall, while visiting my Grandparents in New York.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Back in the middle of November (very early for such cold weather here) it got down right freezing here. There was a stretch of many days in a row where it did not get above 20. That usually happens once a year or so around here, but usually in January or February. During that stretch I ventured out to look at Lacamas Lake, near my house, and could see that it was completely frozen.
I have always wanted to head out to Multnomah Falls when it was frozen, so while my kids were in school I took a very short trip out there to see it. It was not fully frozen, but there was a lot of ice around it. It was beautiful. A few weeks later a huge rock fell and broke a large chunk of this beautiful historic bridge right off. I guess they think that the freezing conditions probably loosened the rock. It was lucky that it fell in the wee hours of the morning, so no one was hurt. This bridge is usually very busy as it is a view point for the falls as well as a part of the hike to get to the top of the falls. It is currently closed pending…well hopefully getting fixed.
The entire Columbia Gorge scenic area is just gorgeous. If you ever come out to Oregon or South Washington it is a must see. There are so many waterfalls, with trails that fit any kind of hiking ability. My good friends got married at a place right next to Bridal Veil Falls and hike in their wedding attire to take pictures at the falls before the wedding. It was great.