Weekly Photography Challenge: Sign

8 Oct

This last weekend was my fifth year participating in the Discover Pink walk in honor of my best friend Margaret. Here are a few photos from that walk.sign3Below you see our yearly umbrella encircled with signs.

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I want to add, the portrait of Margaret used on the umbrella and in our signs is by Becky Straub she is a great portrait photographer in Portland who also was very close with Margaret.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Nighttime

1 Oct

I am not usually one to do a lot of night photography, mostly because I tend not to be out of the house much at night since my children tend to be in bed between 7 and 9.

When I am out of the house at night it is usually for a specific event and I am not carrying my camera around.

This week I did happen to head to downtown Portland, to the pearl district, to go to my favorite bookstore my go to place when I want time to be lost from the world, but feel like being inside; Powell’s Bookstore.

Here it is from the outside, lit up, in the new fall darkness.

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And here is just one row of it’s greatness from the inside:

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Also happy October, also known as breast cancer awareness month. This weekend I head to the Discover Pink walk which I do in memory of my best friend Margaret.

Next weekend I do my first ever half marathon, the Girlfriends Run for the cure, a fundraiser for komen. My race page is here if you are thinking of donating to Komen anyway this year.

In honor of breastfeeding cancer awareness I would like to remind everyone to do your monthly breast checks, here is more information on that!

:-) Stay healthy!

Weekly Photography Challenge: Adventure

8 Sep

This lake, this beach, has provided many adventures.

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My Grandparents have lived here for many years now. I grew up coming to this beach at this lake and another beach at a section off the lake called Glenora. Glenora is where my other Grandparents lived for many years.

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My grandparents decided it is time to move on to a place that is easier to take care of.

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So we went for one last adventure there this summer.
In the first two days we went swimming, canoeing, sailing, and beach exporting. We also watched an amazing storm.

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We had our last hay day

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But this beach and this lake will be here for years to come, for many other adventures, for many creatures.

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Dialogue

29 Aug

This week the wordpress photography challenge is dialogue. I looked through my photographs and found a few that I think speak to this challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

25 Aug

While on my lovely hike at Silver Creek Falls I happened upon this very large spider. It was sitting very currently on its web, which was a bit frayed from the bug that must have landed a while before and was now in the grips of this spider.

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You can see the red from the bug it caught right at the center of the spider.

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I think above you can really see how big this spider is.

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You too can join in the challenge, go to the Daily Post.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Zig Zag

23 Aug

Before heading out to New York at the beginning of the month, I went on a nice hike with some friends to a personal favorite, Oregon’s Silver Creek Falls. This switch back seemed to fit the bill for the theme zig zag.

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I did not have time to post these before my trip so I figured late is better than never.

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Along with some hills that require a switch back to traverse are done beautiful waterfalls that the trail travels under.

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This is on my list of the wonders of Oregon, I highly recommend it.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Silhouette

22 Aug

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My grandparents live on Seneca lake and have for many years. They have a wonderful house that includes a beach house and dock. I remember when we visited them as a kid and they did not live at that house, but at that point my other grandparents lived on Seneca lake.

Needless to say the lake has a huge place in my memory. My children recently got the chance to visit with me (which they have done before, but neither really remembered) and experience the swimming, sailing, late night dinners on the beach as the sun sets, fire flies, and family.

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My mom cuddling my daughter on a bench at a vineyard after a farm to table dinner. Watching the moon rise.

I hope they remember this visit and feel that upstate New York is as much a part of them as I feel it is of me.

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Supermoon of August rising over Seneca Lake.

This was a bittersweet visit, as it is our last one we will share this experience on Seneca lake as a family. My grandparents have decided it is time for them to move on and into a place where someone else gets to do the upkeep.

I will miss summers that include this lake and these large family get togethers.

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