Photographs of Bees on Dahlia Flowers

21 Nov

Photograph of bees working by Emilia Brasier Photography

Back in August I went to the Swan Island Dahlia farm just outside of Portland, Oregon with my friends Megan and Allison. Megan was motivated to get out there to make some decisions about wedding flowers for her upcoming August 2015 wedding. This was my first trip to the dahlia farm as an adult and I was amazed that I had very little memory of how many different varieties of dahlias there are. There was so much lovely color!

Bee photograph by Emilia Brasier Photography

Bee on dahlia photograph by Emilia Brasier Photography

Of course I had my camera with me and found myself wrapped up in taking photographs of the lovely dahlia flowers. Some of my favorites included the bees that were working on gathering pollen. It is so fun to watch them, but in the warm sun with them moving so quickly it can be a challenge to catch them holding still. :)

Photograph by Emilia Brasier Photography two bees on a dahlia

Photograph of a bee working by Emilia Brasier Photography

Check back in to see some of the photographs of dahlias without the bees.

 

Weekly Photography Challenge: Achievement

19 Nov

A few weeks ago, during one of the first rain storms of the fall, I went to the Oregon coast with a good friend. We really wanted to find a hike to go on that neither one of us had done before.

Of course one of my personal favorite coastal hikes is Cascade Head, but we had both done that one the last time were at the beach staying in Neskowin, so we needed something new. We did some internet research and came upon a hike at Road’s End and decided it sounded like a good one to try.

We had trouble right from the start, the beginning of the trail was not so easy to find. We did see a couple of resident Road’s End hikers walking up a side street and stopped to ask them for directions. They obliged very kindly and pointed us further up the road.

We did make it to the trail head and tried our very best to follow their directions which were something like this. When you see the gravel hill it will look like you are not on a trail because it has not been kept up very well. Just stay to the right and you will be on the trail.

So we made it to a definite gravel hill, but things got a little tricky at that point and staying to the right would have meant climbing what looked like a rock slide, straight up the side of a vertical cliff. We figured our guides must have meant something a little different and finally decided on where the path must be and started making our way through the forest and then up the side of a grassy hill.

We finally made it to the top!

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Road’s End did have a great view so I stopped to take a photograph in the rain, and enjoy the view, before we decided to hike back the way we came because we could not tell where the path continued.

Upon arriving back and the beginning of the trail we realized there was a fork in the path almost immediately that for some reason we had not seen when beginning our adventure. We realized almost immediately this had been the path to the right we should have taken. Oops! We had just hiked up the side of this large hill, through the forest, NOT on the trail.

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Minimalist

7 Nov

This week the photo challenge is minimalist. I feel like this photograph fit the bill as it is just petals and green background.

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Petals of a peony, photographed in Salem, Oregon

Petals of a peony, photographed in Salem, Oregon

Weekly Photography Challenge: Cover Art

6 Nov

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After falling quite behind on these photography challenges, I am coming back this week with a challenge from a week or so ago.

While I was in vacation a few weeks ago the photography challenge was to create some cover art. I was inspired by a recent trip to the Oregon coast which was stormy creating some great wave watching. I tend to think of this kind of weather as introvert weather usually, it makes me want to hunker down with a hot bowl of soup and a hot cocoa.

These photographs of the waves felt like a good starting point for my cover art. I worked from there with a few images, layering and playing around with the look. I ended up with this picture which really evoked in me thoughts of how people also have so many layers.

After making this picture, I set to finding what cover it would be for. I landed finally on Tori AmosSilent All These Years after toying with Eurythmics Here Comes the Rain Again and Wooden Music’s Walk in the Rain.

While this is not the type of work I usually do, it was enjoyable top step outside my box to get some new creative flow going. :-)

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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