Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Monday, June 26, 2017

Back to Bandon

Just returning, relaxed and refreshed, from a family vacation in Bandon, Oregon. 
Warning: at a photo a day, this could be a long series!
For starters, Friday's beach labyrinth washing away with the tide.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mt. Adams farmstead

Another view of Mt. Adams from my trip to Trout Lake last weekend, this time from the edge of an old farmstead. According to a sign at the entrance, the farm dates back to the turn of the 20th Century. I suppose the wetland area in the foreground is merely the result of heavy rains that came through a few days earlier and soil tending toward clay. It's probably all dried out by now. Glad it was there during my visit because it gave me a chance to frame a reflection of the mountain.
Linking to Weekend Reflection.

Monday, June 19, 2017

On the Horizon

Well it's starting to look like summer in the gorge! I don't get to photograph Mt. Adams very often. It's barely visible from my town, and even then only from the higher elevations. Of the three volcanoes near the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens are mainly what we see. But on Saturday we were in Trout Lake, gateway town to Mt. Adams, and the weather was 'picture perfect'! So of course I made time for some photography as we drove through. As an added bonus we had so much snow in the mountains this year, Mt. Adams is still almost completely covered, with summer only days away.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Standing Watch

Such a beautiful, weathered Ponderosa Pine along the bluff line at Catherine Creek. 
The morning light on the trunk is what caught my eye and stopped me in my tracks.  
What a lucky tree to have such a beautiful location to spend its days!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mystery Plant

Also from my walk at Catherine Creek. This is mystery plant must have a larger clustered flower when it's blooming. The seeds caught my eye, because they are as big as sunflower seeds, and really pretty!  The plant has leaves like dill. Maybe some sort of wild dill or maybe fennel? It would help to have visited last month when the flower was blooming.  Or to have rubbed the leaves a bit to see if they had a strong scent. (I didn't think of that until now.) I searched on a great database-type website for Catherine Creek flowers, linked here. Any ideas?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Busy Bee

An industrious little honey bee caught midflight as he pollinates bachelor's buttons (Centaurea cyanus) at Catherine Creek earlier this week.  It's a good metaphor for my month, so busy... I see I haven't posted since May 22nd!  But things are finally settling down again after a family visit, tons of yard work, a short but nasty spring cold, and a long overdue update to my website. It's not flashy, but I've done all the design and update myself so I'm proud of it.  As for the wildflower and honeybee image, it's one of several that I will share from my trip to Catherine Creek last week.  I made the visit on my way to pick up the 2018 calendars in Hood River.  Very exciting!  I'll get a new Amazon link for the calendars up this week. And in the meantime, I hope to get a little busier with the photography and blogging, and get caught up on all the blogs I'm following. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Eight Mile Creek

Ok, no creek visible in this photo, but Eight Mile Creek cuts through the Dalles Mountain Ranch, and it's pretty easy to follow its route. Just look for the line of White Oaks and other trees supported by the creek as it meanders through the otherwise treeless terrain. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Snag Reflection

I thought this was a pretty interesting tree snag reflection at Round Lake in Camas. 
I was thinking the photo might look too busy, but I have to say I don't mind it at all. 
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

White Camas Lily

While I was still in the camas field, photographing the chocolate lily in yesterday's post, the same wildflower couple called to me to point out a white camas lily. They informed me that each year they have a competition to see who will find the first white camas. This year the wife won. If only I could photograph faster...I could have followed them through the park and photographed all their finds! 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chocolate Lily

Fritillaria lanceolata (Perhaps) 
I wasn't even aware of this lily until a couple of wildflower hikers pointed it out a few weeks ago in Camas. I saw lots later in the week at Memaloose Trail in Oregon, but they were fading fast at that point. Next year I need to remember to look for them at Memaloose in late April. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Razor Clam Dig

Taking a break from spring wildflowers to post a clamming photo from two weekends ago.  This was only our second trip clamming at Long Beach; the first time wasn't nearly this crowded.  This time happened to be the last open weekend of the season, coinciding with a clamming festival, plus an increase in max harvest from 15 to 25 clams per person. So the beach ended up crowded like a sunny summer day. We thought it would be a good idea to go during the festival because there was going to be a clamming demonstration (and we weren't that good at it the first time, so we needed some instruction!)  We never saw the festival demonstration though.  We didn't need it with so many demonstrations going on along the beach.  I'm happy to say we had success, although not nearly as much as the locals.  They all have a mesh bag hanging off their waist to hold their clams, so it's real easy to see how many clams someone has found.  The tool involved is called a clam gun. It's not really a gun, just a hollow tube with handles. Once you spot a clam (and this is usually a dimple in the sand that develops when you stomp or pound around), then you push the clam gun deep into the sand and pull it back out, extracting a tube of sand that you sift through, and hopefully find a razor clam inside.  It's a bit of work, especially on a crowded day like this when the beach is picked-over. But the clams are so tasty, and it's fun to work for your supper like that!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Balsam Root

Balsam root flower
hiding in a field of grass
favored by the sun.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sunrise

First light on the balsam root flowers last week at the Dalles Mountain Ranch.
It took surprisingly long from the actual sunrise to the time the sun finally hit these hills.