Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Taiko

A trio of Taiko drums from this weekend's Oregon Symphony in the Neighborhoods festival just down the street. There's just so much to do in the city. Makes me happy.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Barbie Bike

A blur of pink and blonde. Kids at play in the park during the Oregon Symphony In The Neighborhoods celebration last Saturday.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Portrait of a Cellist

I've always thought the cello to be the most emotionally moving of all instruments, most like the human voice. My wife and I, both musicians, are determined to take cello lessons someday when the kids are grown.

This photo kicks off a week (or more?) of pictures from a shoot I did this past Saturday for the Oregon Symphony. I ended up with well over 2000 photos of the events and musical groups performing all day long in Portland's Mt. Scott park. Now if I can just find the time to sort through them all...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Backyard Camping - Crossmark on KATU

Zack looking like a poster boy for Oscar Meyer hot dogs. It's actually just one of several promo shots I did for an article on backyard camping that my wife wrote for KATU television's website. (Go check it out. Think they got the pictures big enough?)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fleur

Architectural detail from Old Town Portland, a historical area that's gentrifying quickly.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Style Shop

I see this sign nearly every day as I wait for the bus each morning. Advertisement on the side of an old barber shop (which appears to be open only on Mondays).

Monday, August 18, 2008

Safety Green

Safety patrol guarding the myriad of joggers, cyclists and pedestrians crossing the Steel Bridge in Portland. I doubt this lower level of the bridge has ever seen so much traffic, thanks to the bridge being closed to the vehicles and the MAX train most of this month.

Before this, I didn't even know there WAS a lower level to the bridge--let alone that it afforded such a great, close view of the river. If you live in Portland, it's worth the stroll. Start at the Rose Quarter MAX stop, walk across the Steel Bridge, then follow the river walk down to Old Town / China Town. Great way to get our of your car and get to know the city.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Recycle

Guerilla tactics in the war on waste. A graffiti reminder on the handle of a dumpster lid to prick the conscience of anyone about to contribute unnecessarily to the landfill. Gotta love Portland.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ribsy

Water spray and sunset almost make Ribsy seem alive. This statue at Grant Park in Portland pays honor to the beloved pet of fictional Henry Huggins in Beverly Cleary's children's book by the same name.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Giggleboxes

I know two boys who can make each other giggle till the cows come home. Brothers and best friends.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Return of the Chicken

Watchful eye of the Chickenland Strut. I think I've developed a chicken phobia. Probably will dream about ninja chickens tonight.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pretty in Pink

The most beautiful things are the most frangible and fleeting. From the Rose Test Garden in Portland's Washington Park.

(I just learned the word "frangible". Had to use it.)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Of Lines and Angles

Criss-crossed lines everywhere on a footbridge leading to the lower deck of the Steel Bridge across the Willamette River in Portland. Twin spires of the Convention Center in the background.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Pillar Face

An aguished faced carved in stone. Japanese American Historical Plaza on the Willamette River in Waterfront Park, Portland.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Lone Dandy

A standout in the crowd. This field of dandelions featured the tallest specimens I think I've ever seen.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Honeycomb Grill

Honeycombed dots on the grill of this tractor. I'm leaving the large version of this one up on the web just for kicks. Click the photo to enlarge. If you're infatuated with dots, set the pic as your computer's desktop wallpaper.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Very Portland

Another detail from a Portland fire truck.

Speaking of Portland, I had someone say that I was a "very Portland kind of person". Didn't realize that "Portland" was an adjective. But I take it as the high praise it was intended to be. If they think I'm "very Portland", they should meet my wife.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Left

Turn signal from a Portland Fire Department truck. Just part of the festivities at the Mt. Scott Community block party this past weekend. Free food, rock climbing wall and roller skating--what more could we ask for on a sunny Saturday?

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Bee Buffet

For weeks now, countless fuzzy bees have swarmed in a neighbor's front yard, snacking constantly on abundant nectar.

Friday, August 1, 2008

3 on Hydrant

Since yesterday's post obsessed with fire, it's only fitting to post a fire hydrant today.

"Never seen nobody take a picture of hydrant b'fore," says the middle-aged lady watching me from her driveway.

I forget how strange I must look--of course, I am a strange looking person in general--kneeling in the middle of the street to get just the right angle.

"Well, it's the ordinary stuff that makes for interesting shots," I smile back. "We get so used to it, we stop paying attention."

"Guess that's right," she nods.