Monuments are all around us and sometimes go completely unnoticed because they become part of the back ground of our life instead of something to take notice of every time we see them.
While visiting Salem, I love to do photography, because I almost always have my Mom around to help with the kids. This allows me to step back and see my children and the surroundings a bit more. I can take notice of the background, instead of staying focused on what is right in front of me.
I also notice that living near particular monuments, statues, or other wonders often makes them become almost unnoticed, or filtered out of your life, because you are occupied with everyday things. Having grown up in Salem, Oregon the Gold Man on top of the Capitol building became a bit like that for me. I find I notice it much more now that I do not live there.
On this particular day my Mom, my children, and I met at a farmers market. It was a fantastically beautiful Oregon day, perfect for jumping in the fountain in front of the Capitol building and photographing the surroundings.
These were my favorite photographs that included the beautiful Gold Man that is standing proud on top of the Oregon Capitol building.
This is a place people can visit and venture up loads of stairs to get to the top of the building and over look Salem. It is also a place that I watched my Father preform with his band Wooden Music on the steps outside, although he also preformed inside for the Senate. I also had the privilege of singing inside with my elementary school choir. I was a page there for a while in elementary school as well. I had ornaments I created hung on trees inside at Christmas time a few years in a row (made with my elementary school).
I also remember using the fountain for summertime water play. As you can see though it was such a common place to see and be at growing up, that I didn’t take much notice of the magnificence at the time.
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Here at Neskowin Beach my children stood at the threshold of the ocean’s bone chilling water, playing a sort of tag with it. Of course talks about ocean safety, concerning sneaker waves, occurred multiple times, but my anxiety at this game was still very high. Luckily there were many adults around to stay close (although I did a good job of keeping them out of the photographs).
The ocean’s edge is the threshold between land that is solid below your feet and a seemingly endless ocean that only appears to end at what looks like the end of the world.
I hope you enjoy the photos!
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For this photo challenge I am choosing to share some photographs I took while in Corning, NY this last fall during the government shutdown. I have the privileged of having a family that has always been very involved in expressing their political views. My Aunt, in particular, has been very involved in organizing and orchestrating various protests. She also was a part of the Christian Peacemaker Team in the Gaza Strip for many years. I have great respect for that work in particular that she has been involved in.
My Aunt on the left.
Needless to say, while I was in New York and the US Government decided it would be a good time to shut down, my Aunt and her friends decided they should stage a protest about the shutdown. She asked me to come with her to her building to help put a sign up from the roof. I decided that it would be a lot of fun to witness her in her element, not to mention I love being up on the top of roof of her two story downtown building.
She owns a building across the street from Congressman Tom Reed’s office, and so even though he was not in the office everyone agrees it is a great place to hang a banner to get his attention. The protest was scheduled for lunch time, and most of the people in attendance were either retired or workers using their lunch break to join the protest.
It was fun to see my Aunt in her element, and see how this small community works so hard to try and make a difference in the political system. My Aunt even reminded me that I took my first steps in the middle of a New York, NY street during a very very large protest, with Peter, Paul, and Mary playing in the background. You can join the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge (click the link).
Happy Friday everyone. I am looking forward to these weekend because I get to head to the Coast for a bit. Before I go I thought I would leave you with some photographs of flower. I took these last summer at Lewis & Clark College, where I attended college. I go running at Lewis & Clark every week and last summer I managed to arrive about an hour early.
I almost always find photography to be an outlet and time for reflection and for some reason being at my Alma mater really makes me start reflecting on the past ten years of my life since graduating. During my time at Lewis & Clark I had the privilege of going overseas to Kenya and Tanzania.
While I was there the Twin Towers and Pentagon were attacked. I have to say that reflecting back on that time, I can really see how lucky I was to be where I was during that attack.
I have a completely different perspective than most Americans about that event and the direction our country has taken since.
I like that I get to return to Lewis & Clark often and reflect on my time there and my life since.
Have a wonderful weekend, I hope you find some time for reflection this weekend. :) You can connect up with the WordPress weekly photo challenge also if you want to join in the fun. :)
This week I am sharing some photos taken with my phone. I have found that seeing flowers on the verge of opening up to the spring weather had been making me feel very happy and like escaping the inside to explore the world outside.
As I have been outside a lot more, with and without my children, I have been capturing the objects of my happiness as I see them revealing what is inside those tight little buds.
So here is my contribution to the challenge inside with a bit of phonography.
This photograph was taken from inside a parking garage in the Pearl district of Portland.
This photograph shows off the buds very nicely as well as the bloom itself now opened to show the inside opened up to the sunshine.
Last, a beautiful pink bloom.
I know a lot of the USA is still covered in snow, or experiencing winter weather, but here in Portland, Oregon my photography is starting to awaken to the spring again. :-)
For this weeks weekly photography challenge I chose to share photographs that I took in Camas, Washington during our snow and ice store this year. I took these photographs on the third day of our winter storm. The first two days of the storm were fun, it snowed enough that we were able to take our sleds to the top of the hill down the street and go sledding for a couple hours.
The third day of the storm just turned into an icy mess which meant we were trapped in the house. I took this opportunity to go wander in the ice crusted snow for all of about 20 minutes before my fingers started to turn into icicles, I did get some photographs of Camas encrusted in ice during that time.
These photographs really shows my perspective of the storm and how I frequently see the world through my lens because many of these photos really focus on the details. I hope you enjoy them and I have to say they are reminding me of how happy I am to be seeing sunshine this week. :)
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. :)