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Weekly Photography Challenge: Relic

16 Jul

Last summer my family and I traveled to the Washington coast to Cape Disappointment. We saw relics of a military fort at Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.

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Check out the view from the end of this hike!

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We also saw some amazing and majestic trees which are relics from another time.

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Overall this was not a disappointing place. πŸ™‚

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Contrast

3 Jul

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Once again a photograph from my run.  Can you tell I am spending more time training to run than taking photographs lately. This one was taken on an evening run, so the shade created even more contrast.

That is in large part because I am signed up for the Girlfriends half marathon in October, which is affiliated with Komen Race For the Cure. I have not done a half before,  in fact my first 5k was just this past St. Patrick’s Day.

I have a running partner now and she is good at pushing me,  which is great.  So we signed up for this run in part because we needed a run,  and also because I lost my best friend to breast cancer at 29.

I also have another friend who had been diagnosed recently and is now going through treatment.  I like the idea of raising funds for a cure,  but I also wanted to help her raise funds for uncovered expenses. 

My Grandma has also had breast cancer twice, so I think this is a fitting run all in all.

Needless to say,  my mind has been on running lately.

Welcoming the New: Newborn Photography

13 Jun

I was thrilled to hear that my sweet cousin, his wife, and son welcomed into their family a new member last week. I had just finished editing the maternity photographs I took with them about two weeks ago when I heard she was born.

This last week I was pleased to take some time to both visit and take photographs of this new little girl.

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Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

Something New: A Maternity Photo Shoot

25 May

About a week ago I tried something new, I took maternity photographs.

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I had not explored the world of maternity photography before, but it is a set of photography skills I would like to have as maternity, labor, and newborn photography have always sparked my interest.

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I am always very nervous when photographing people so I don’t tend to wander in that direction often, but this is a kind of portraiture I think I could really enjoy once I got comfortable with my own skills in posing, which means practice!

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I enlisted my wonderful cousin and his amazing wife who are expecting their second child and we headed to a nearby nature area for these photographs.

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All in all I was pretty happy with the results and I learned a lot about what I could do differently next time, which is always important. πŸ™‚

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

16 Apr

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, orΒ  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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

4 Apr

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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

28 Mar

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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.

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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. street1

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. street4

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. street2You can join the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge (click the link).

Bridge Over Foggy Water

5 Mar

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.

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bridgeoverfoggywater3I hope you enjoyed them. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ Also my daughter thought it was the best thing to get to go to work with her Daddy. πŸ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

20 Feb

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.

DSC_0143The 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.

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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 wasΒ  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. πŸ™‚

 

Icy Days: Multnomah Falls and Lacamas Lake

11 Feb

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.

waterandice1I 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.

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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.

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