Tag Archives: fall

Seattle Space Needle In Fall

18 Feb
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The Seattle Space Needle surrounded by fall trees

In keeping with the past few posts I am again posting from the fall. This photograph was taken when my family and I taveled to Seattle, Washington for the day. We went to try and see an Arctic Fox at the zoo as a part of my son’s school project, but it was quite elusive.

We spent the morning at the zoo and the afternoon at the Space Needle and other places around the Space Needle. We discovered that the science museum there is free if you are a member of Portland, Oregon’s OMSI so we took in live butterflies, moving dinosaurs, a tide pool, and more before moving on to my son’s biggest interest the Space Needle.

I did not take a lot of photographs, but I did really like this one of the Space Needle surrounded by a couple fall colored trees. There are a few more a ways back in my Instagram feed as well (those are from my phone) if you care to go check those out, my name is Livelovecreatebehappy.

I found that these day trips can be really fun for our family, finially! I hope to travel somewhat locally like this a bit more since it was so fun. Do you like day trips? What are you favorites? Do have any recommendations for Oregon or Washington?

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Portraits of a Nine Year Old in Portland

14 Nov Portrait photograph taken in Portland

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It has take a while for me to finally get around to taking my son’s nine year portrait photographs, but we finally did it despite is very clear protest. I really wanted a nice fall tree background so we headed down to Portland, Oregon near the airport to where I had seen a nice area of colorful trees recently.

Although my son did not want to cooperate we were able to catch a few portraits that will do. He tried hiding, climbing, making faces, and moving too much to get a clear photograph, but finally cooperated enough to satisfy this mamma and I am claiming victory and including this as my post for the weekly photography challenge!

Event Photography: Vancouver, WA Girlfriends Run for a Cure 2015

13 Oct Photograph of racers in Girlfriends Run for a Cure

Last year I ran my first half marathon in honor of my best friend Margaret who died of breast cancer when she was 29 years old leaving behind two small children. I was also running for a friend from my first Mom’s group Jen who had been going though breast cancer treatment for months by October (go #teamunicornfarts). My Grandmother had also had breast cancer twice, but luckily it seems treatments helped her.

The race that I ran was called the Girlfriends Race for a Cure, put on in Vancouver, WA and it benefits more than one breast cancer group including Komen, the Kearney Breast Cancer Center through the pink brigade (men who have raised at least $500, the only way for men to participate), and the Children’s Center through the kids mini marathon.

Well unfortunately I have not been running as much this past year and was not up to running the race this year, but that made it possible for me to help out by taking photographs of the race when the volunteer coordinator for Why Racing, Kristi Cornwell, asked if I was available.

So in honor of my friends and family, the struggle they have both endured and succumbed to I did my own kind of 1/2 marathon this year, a photography marathon. 😉 I spent nearly 5 hours photographing the evening in downtown Vancouver, Washington which spans from Northwest Personal training, to the downtown farmers market, the Columbia River Esplanade, Fort Vancouver, and back. I did my own small share of running to try and make it to each of these spots on the course ahead of the bulk of the runners, but I was helped by a car for much of it. 🙂

The course is beautiful and it is such a supportive event, I was happy to be there in this role this year and we will see what next year brings.

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Maine: Part 3

14 Jan

The days I was in Maine are beginning to blend together, but I think these are all photos from the third day of the visit. My family and I embarked on a boat ride around Bar Harbor and a neighboring island, which is where I took this first set of photos. Some of the summer houses, or cottages, were really beautiful to admire, they all have a great view of the harbor from their windows that is for sure!

This second set of photos was taken on the Rockefeller land on Bar Harbor. From what I was told, the Rockefeller family has been very generous with the land, allowing the public to hike in large portions of it. I hope if I ever have such large expanses of land I will be as willing to allow strangers onto it.

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rockefellerwalk12I hope you enjoyed. One more Maine post to go…the rest of the Sunset photos!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

13 Dec

Some of the grand views from Maine.

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A Day to Sail

22 Nov

While in New York I spent a couple days with each of my Grandparents. My Grandma and Grandpa live on Seneca Lake year round, and even though it was October they still had their sail boat ready for sailing. I am not sure what time of year they usually put it away for the winter, but it was a nice surprise that I was able to join them on a late morning sail on a lightly windy day.

At one point we did have to paddle the boat, but eventually the wind picked back up. It was a very nice fall activity that I wish I knew how to do well enough to go sailing when I am at home. 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

29 Oct

 

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I also visited Corning, New York where my other Grandmother lives, which is where the photo of the bridge was taken.

That’s all for now, but I still have a few more photos from New York and a few I want to share from Maine!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

11 Oct

The last week has been a whirlwind of overnight flights, face paced walks (with my luggage in 90 degree weather, stretching at least fifteen blocks, to make it to a good friends wedding in Washington D.C. With a minute to spare), and car rides through Maryland and Pennsylvania, to New York.

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In New York I spent two days at my Grandma’s house in Corning and then two days with my Grandparents on Seneca Lake. I fit as much onto that tone as possible including a protest of the government shutdown, a hike through Watkins Glen, and a sail boat ride (and paddle) guided by my 86 year old Grandpa and 83 year old Grandma.
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Last night I was dropped off with my Aunt and Uncle in Corning, NY to begin our drive to Maine. We drove for about seven hours, until almost two in the morning, finally crashing in York, Maine at a hotel for the night. During our drive we passed through New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

This morning we woke up in Maine, had some coffee and are hitting the road again until we get to our destination, which was supposed to be Acadia National Park, however thanks to lovely politicians who don’t seem top think doing their job is an important part of their job description, we can not go to Acadia, so we will be off to the outside of the island.

I leave you with a picture I took right before hopping into the car this morning.

Good morning Maine!

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Little Yellow Tree

13 Nov

 

Lacamas Lake is surrounded by large evergreen trees and boasts miles of hiking paths that can take you as far as down town Camas. Tucked within these evergreens are a growing number of deciduous trees that are most visible during the fall when their colors are in contrast with the evergreens. This small yellow tree was one such tree.

I would love to go on a trip to the East coast during the fall some year (maybe to visit my extended family) and see the trees changing color there.

 

Discover Pink: Team Margaret

28 Oct

Two years ago my best friend lost her year long battle with breast cancer. She was 29 years old and left behind a plethora of people who were devastated at losing this vibrant, caring, daughter, wife, mother, and friend.

From the time that she was diagnosed a week after the birth of my daughter my Mom began planning ways to help support my friend and myself. One of the ways that she found was to gather a group of people to walk with the YWCA (Salem, Oregon) Discover Pink breast cancer walk.

My Mom and I have continued to walk in this walk, along with many others who loved and supported Margaret. I choose to walk Discover Pink over Koman simply because it is based in Salem, Oregon the town that Margaret and I met and attended junior high and high school in. The money raised from this walk goes to help people in the community who can not afford diagnosis and treatment pay for it.

The walk this year was held at the Salem Conference Center and passed through the Salem River Front taking us by the Salem Carousel, the Earth Ball, and over the Salem Foot Bridge that was converted in more recent years from a train bridge. It was a beautiful Oregon fall day, crisp, sunny, and cool. Walkers were cheered on and directed by Derby Girls.

This year is the forth time we have walked. We walk with Margaret’s parents, mother-in-law, children, my family, high school friends, and many others who show up to support her family and myself. I am grateful to all who come walk with us and help me to remember my friend and give back to the community, hopefully making it so that another person is more fortunate.

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You can read about my day of remembering here. Read words from Margaret about her Punch Fight With Cancer here.

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