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Clark County Kids Portraits

26 Sep

Every year it is ha been a tradition to take my kids to a park on Clark County to take their yearly portraits for their birthday. This year was no different, and while there are many beautiful places to take kids portraits in Clark County, I almost always end up at the same park with this little one.

There used to be a great wooden fence here that we included in our photographs and helped show a progression of her growth as well. Unfortunately it seems to have fallen down over the last year so we had to improvise a bit. I actually really liked the natural arches of these bushes and the brighter light that hit her from behind.


I spent a little time getting her to give me a more natural smile and love this grouping of that process:


We also tried out a few other spots to photograph her. There are some tall grasses that light up from behind at sunset.

Every year these portrait sessions take a different form and it is fun to see if they are more like a lifestyle photography session or a mini portrait session. It is also fun to see how her personality comes out each year. I always take each session as a bit of a quest to get genuine personality.

 

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Fall Japanese Maple Photographs

10 Feb

At some point last spring I noticed the Japanese Maple tree in Camas, Washington by the library and grabbed my camera to go photograph it. When it came around to fall I figured it was time to take my camera back and take some more photographs of this same tree.

I often find I don’t have the time to sit down and look through my photographs,  but I have finally gotten to the photos I took of this maple tree in  downtown Camas, Washington in the fall.

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I have seen photographs of the maple tree in the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon that are stunning and I thought I was finally going to get there this fall to go photograph it, but the Garden was closed for the fall! Next year I hope! This tree is probably equally as beautiful, but it is difficult to photograph it without getting cars, street, or buildings in the background. Still I enjoyed taking the time to take these photographs.

Photography of Mount Rainier Travel

15 Oct

This last July I was able to travel with my immediate and some of my extended family up north of Vancouver, Washington to Mount Rainier National Park to go on a summer camping vacation. We are able to take a small family trip like this almost every summer. We usually end up camping for half a week to a week and go on hikes, play in streams, and otherwise hang out with nature, it is a great way to get to know the state and national parks in our area.

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This year I really wanted to venture out to a national park, since the last one I went to was in Maine in 2013 during the government shutdown and so we did not even get to camp there, just explore (which was beautiful too, there is a great stone beach with smooth rocks tumbled naturally from the ocean waves). This year we chose to head north of Portland, Oregon to Mount Rainier which is also just south of Seattle, Washington.

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There were gorgeous hikes, the ranger at White River campsite was really helpful, and great with the kids, plus there are kids programs at the main visitors centers where the kids can earn a junior ranger badge by learning about the park and the animals that live in it. Here are a few of my favorite views from the stay and my happy place. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I also decided to play a bit with photoshop coloring and came up with this one:

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Photographs in Portland, Oregon of Greenpeace Protest: WPC Inspiration

31 Jul

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This week the world was buzzing with news that Greenpeace activists had repelled themselves off of the St. John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon to attempt to block the passage of an ice breaker from the Port in Portland, Oregon where is was getting repairs and scheduled to return to the Arctic to help an oil drill from Shell gain access to the area it needed to be to start work. I was able to take this evening and go to Cathedral park and see their inspired effort and take a few photographs of them hanging off the bridge.

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I almost always head into Portland on Wednesday nights to run so for me the timing of the protest was perfect. I really wanted to go down and see the protest and I am glad that I did. It was a beautiful Portland night with the almost full moon and 80 degree night. Standing on the dock looking at the St. John’s Bridge seeing these activists with their flags was really beautiful and it really was an inspiration to see such a peaceful dedication to protesting and standing up for what they feel was right.

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I think whether you agree with what they were doing or not it still creates a feeling of awe when you see something like this in action. Portlanders showed up to watch, photograph, and support both on the land and in the river. There were kayakers supporting on the water and someone had donated a bunch of kayaks and personal flotation devices so anyone that wanted to could join on the water. I thought that using the flags in Shell’s colors was great it made this a beautiful site seeing those giant flags blowing in the wind.

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I was sad to hear the next day that two of the protesters were cut down and the coast guard pulled kayakers away, created a no boat zone, and the ice breaker made it through.

Close Up at Mt. Rainier National Park

24 Jul

I have been really lucky that most years an Aunt and Uncle of mine come from New York out to Oregon to go to the Oregon Country Fair and arrive in time for my birthday most times. We almost always take their visit as an opportunity to head out and go camping in either Oregon or Washington for a few days. This years was no different, except that I was graced with the presence of another one my aunts which was wonderful! This year we drove up to Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington.

We found a great camp site at the White River Camp grounds in Mt. Rainier National Park and then took off to do a short hike before dark. This was a trip where I had my kids along and hiking was enjoyable, but required a bit of, let’s say encouragement from all of the adults to make it past the parking lot. However, I did manage to get a few photographs of various things while on the trip and so for this weeks photography challenge of close up, I am sharing from these photographs.

It was beautiful and there were quite a few wildflowers still hanging around, although in comparison to most other years they were actually very early, we had apparently missed the huge show of flowers by at least a week.

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The flowers of course bring out the pollinators and so we got to see several different butterflies however this was the only on I captured staying still.

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Of course there is nothing quite like being up close to a beautiful mountain, although they tend to photograph better from a bit further back in my opinion. This was taken at Sunrise on the hike up to frozen lake, which was in no way frozen this trip.

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Off Season

17 Jun

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Camas, Washington has a lot of roses that are growing in various parks. They are a flower that is natural to the area in certain varieties. They bloom in the late spring and now are losing their petals. Soon they will start forming rose hips that turn red and orange in the fall.

This photograph is of one of these roses after having lost its petals, in it’s off season. It can be really interesting to take a closer look at flowers after their showy days are over.

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Afloat

17 Apr

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These frog eggs were found afloat in a pond while we were exploring in Camas, Washington. She took them out to show me.

Finding frog eggs floating in ponds is a favorite spring pastime, although I don’t usually recommend we pull them out. It is fun to return to the same pond to see if we can find tadpoles and then to watch as the tadpoles grow legs and develop into frogs.

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Photography is part of my lifestyle and helps me record moments in time, but I also don’t always want to carry around my nice camera so I have been finding myself taking a lot more photographs with my phone. I do not have a super nice phone, but I have found a pretty decent and free photo editing app called snapseed. This photograph and the last two posts that are from my self imposed black and white photography challenge were all edited with that app. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly Photography Challenge: Blur

7 Apr

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The weekly photography challenge this will is blur. This photograph was taken in Salem, Oregon at the Camas Lily field at Bush Pasture Park.

We went to Salem for a quick Easter dinner on Sunday and arrived a few minutes to early so we stopped at this park for a few minutes to kill time. The field are in full bloom right now.

I only took photographs with my phone camera this year and I uploaded most of them to Instagram, however I saved this one for here. It really reminds me of Easter with the Easter baskets filled with grass and colored eggs.

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Photography Challenge: Ephemeral

30 Mar

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Every year since I can remember (minus my years in college) I have gone to the Wooden Shoe Tulip field in the spring.

When I was a kid this was just a trip to see the flowers, it was a field and not much else. My mom took photographs, I most likely sat there somewhat bored.

Now the farm has almost a carnival feel to it, there are enough things there that it is hard to pull the kids away to even see the tulips.

It is still a family tradition to go and see the ephemeral spring tulip blooms although the feel of it has changed drastically over the years.

If you happen to live in Oregon it is a must do family spring time event. Woodburn is about 30 minutes south of Portland and the farm is another few miles, but if you go on the weekend and it is sunny be prepared for a long line of cars waiting to park. We waited probably 20 minutes and my Mom ended up getting out of the car and walking with the kids the rest of the way.

What are your families spring time traditions?

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A Wall of Cherry Blossoms

20 Mar

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Salem Oregon Gold Man with Cherry BlossomsLast weekend the kids and I made the trip to Salem, Oregon to see the cherry blossoms (and of course Grandma). The cherry blossoms at the capitol were in full bloom and at their peak. So despite the heavy rain we got out our umbrellas and enjoyed them for a bit before heading to the Children’s Museum to be inside.

I think these three photographs of the cherry blossoms show both the theme for last week’s photography challenge of wall and for the first day of spring. They create such a thick canopy of blooms that in certain areas it looks like there is a wall of them in front of you.

I leave you with this quote about spring that perfectly fits my photographer sentiment.

“The front door to springtime is a photographers best friends.” Terri Guillemets

 

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