Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Grid Light

Lines of light and shadow down the back wall of Woodstock Library on a sunny afternoon.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Reedwood Cross

A cross from the Reedwood Friends Chapel in Portland (Oregon, not Maine--for all you who've been wondering). Happened to be at the Friends church for a meeting last weekend.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Summer Begins

Spring has done sprung--summer is in the air! A perfect weekend for running in the park and rolling down grassy hills--the kids that is. I'm more content to lay in the shade and snap pics of them in action.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Gotta Key?

I don't know where it leads, but you're not gettin' through. Nice of them to let you know though.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Midwest Sunset

One thing I do miss about living in rural Ohio are the endless fields and stunning sunsets. The sun sets in Oregon too, of course. I just don't get to see it unobstructed.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

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Misty Morning

Sidewalks shimmer from a morning drizzle along Holladay Street in Portland.

Friday, April 18, 2008


I still can't get over how strikingly colorful this flower was--didn't enhance it at all.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mossy Pillars

Simple row of columns lining the sidewalk outside the Portland Central Library downtown.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Elephant Eye

Figurine in a store. Just seemed like an interesting thing to shoot.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Crystal Spire

One of the twin glass spires of the Portland Convention Center in a winter sunset.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Spiral Rack

Another loopy bike rack. This one's in front of one of the dozen or so Target stores around town.

[And how do I know that there's so many Target stores? Because I called EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM this last Christmas to see if they had a specific toy for a little boy I know. They didn't.]

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Delicate Yellow

Had the pleasure of visiting fields of fragile tulips at the Wooden Shoe Bulb Company's tulip festival this weekend--nearly 80 degrees out, sunny, and clear blue skies. Perfect day for shooting.

Only after we were leaving did I find out that a Canon camera dealer on site was lending some awesome cameras and lenses out for FREE. Sneaky way to get my wanter wanting. Someday I'm gonna splurge big to upgrade to better lenses. I think it's gonna have to wait until some mid-life crisis or retirement.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Swingin' and Smilin'

This girl is the smilingest thing I think I've ever seen. She lights up like that at the smallest thing, even something as simple as someone looking her way for a moment. I have a feeling she'll get through life just on her charm.

Credit goes to the Ma for this pic.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Arches and Ovals

Another view of the Central Library foyer in downtown Portland. (Parorama shot stitched from three separate photos. Click the photo to view a larger version.)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Loopy Pipe

A loopy pipe for storing bikes. Kinda looks like three giant prongs of a fork sticking up out of the ground. But then again, I'm weird.

Portland is a big bicycle town. I heard recently that they're converting an area of the car lane just before certain intersections to be reserved for bikes. At a red light, automobiles will have to stop several feet back from the light so that the bikes can be in front. The hope is that this will prevent cyclists from being hit by cars who don't see them coming alongside in the bike lane when the automobile turns right.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Happy Red Buddha

A jovial statue on display in a local store full of international wares.

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Guess I'm fixated on lighting fixtures.

This one comes from the ceiling of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland. Thanks to the Portland Library and the Oregon Symphony, we won FREE tickets to a children's concert there this afternoon. Had fantastic seats too! The concert was very well done and a delight we couldn't have afforded otherwise.

Let's hear it for FREE stuff!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Pies of Color

An art display in the lobby of a business tower in northeast Portland.

Friday, April 4, 2008

End of the Line

For two little boys I know, there's a huge thrill in riding the city train. The best adventure yet? Discovering what happens when the train gets to the end of the line. Does it turn around? Is there a loop somewhere? A giant turntable? How do they get it going the other direction?

So we rode the train all they way to the mysterious not-so-distant suburb of Gresham just to find out. This is the legendary "Gresham" that the boys hear every time they board the train (Automatic voice recording: "This is a blue line train to Gresham. In the priority seating area, you are required to move for seniors and people with disabilities. The doors are closing." The boys have this MEMORIZED and quote it randomly around the house.). Going to Gresham for them was like going to Disneyland.

And what happened at the end of the line?

I wouldn't want to rob you of the adventure. =)

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Boys' Jeans

My son has scarcely any jeans that don't look like this. Of course, he likes them that way. Increases his "cool" factor.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Come Sit With Me

A park bench down the street.

When I'm in public places, I sometimes wonder just how many other people have sat right where I'm sitting, or have stood and looked at the very thing I'm looking at. What were they doing there? What troublesome and happy thoughts were rumbling through their head?

I'll never know them, but for a moment we've shared a connection.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Endless Columns

Okay, so they're not endless. These palacial adornments stand watch over, um--a food court and some small shops. Probably not what the masons who built it had in mind. (Ankeny Square, Portland)