Saturday, July 31, 2010

More backyard butterflies

I don't know what the bottom one is.  Gosh, it had such a pretty also didn't stay still for long.  I think I need to buy a butterfly ID book....  1D & 100-400


Erik is a new at Bread & Cup.  I needed to get a picture of him, so I took it outside. 1D & 50mm

Bread & Cup 3rd Anniversary

It's their 3rd anniversary this week and there are specials all week.  I thought it would be fun to do a couple of splash pages calling your attention to that fact.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Goodbye Portland

Deb & I walked two blocks to the bank of the river for sunset.  It was lovely.  Believe it or not, Portland is a city without mosquitos.  So, we stood in a totally wooded area for about 30 minutes and just enjoyed the boats coming and going.  It was a great way to end a very fun vacation.  Oregon has LOTS to offer for people who have the time to explore.

Sauvie Island

We stopped here and Deb followed the instructions.
We spent the day atu Sauvie Island.  It was about 10 minutes away from where Jack & Judy live.  It is a 30,000 acre island that is well known for it's fruit production, wildlife areas and ummmm "special beaches".  

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunset in Washington

We ate at the Wet Dog Saloon in Astoria, Oregon.  This pier was right outside the door.  It was really bumpy because the knots in the wood are harder than the rest of the beam.  Made a nice picture.  We drove over the bridge into Washington state for sunset.

Driving on the 1 - NOT the 101

See the red dot in the ocean?  That's what Jack's GPS showed when we started driving on the beach.  It was WONDERFUL.  Jack was free to drive and the rest of us enjoyed walking on the beach.  He'd drive up the shore for a while, then circle back and drive past us.  After doing this routine for about 1 hour, he finally conviced us to get back in the car, so we could continue our adventure to Astoria for dinner.
That's Jack driving away...
We found lots of half dollars - but Deb found the full dollar!
The texture of the sand was just wild in some places.

Different ways to enjoy the beach

Me....sitting on the beach.
Jack & Deb....Judy was back on the blanket.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bluegrass Jam

Jack, far left, put together a bluegrass jam for a barn party.  We got to go along and the BBQ and the music was delicious. 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Oregon Wine Country

Enlarge this picture and look at the whitecapped peaks in the background.  Mt St Helens is on the left, Mt Adams is on the right.
We toured around the wine country today.  I think it would be very fun to come in the fall and drive around in a convertible.  There are over 100 places to stop and try.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A day at the Japanese Garden

Here is where I spent the day today.  I was by myself, so I walked through the gardens several times.  It was a lovely setting. 

Japanese Garden in black and white

Portland Japanse Garden - meeting the designer

A neat thing happened while I was on the shady path.  This Japanese man walked up and asked me if where I was standing was a good place to take a picture.  I said that everywhere was a really good place to take a picture.  I looked at him, all dressed up in a sportscoat and asked him if he worked here at the garden.  He said, no, I designed it.  Wow, I sure didn't expect to meet the designer!  What a delight, I asked him several questions.  He said that the part that he designed was an expansion part, in the 1980s, I think.  He lives in Japan and was just over here doing a lecture.  When I asked him if I could take a photo of him in his garden, he immediately asked the current caretaker to jump in the photo with him.  I thanked him for sharing his talent in the beautiful creation of the garden and off they went to do a little pruning. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

International Rose Test Garden

Deb & I walked around the International Rose Test Garden this afternoon.  It was absolutely beautiful and they had other things besides roses in a few places.  The setting was on top of a big hill, overlooking the city, with mountains in the background.  I decided to travel light today, so everything was shot with the G11.  It really is a nice go to P&S camera.