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Friday, February 5, 2016

SPRING IS SPRINGING


Daffy-down-Dilly 
Has come to town 
With a yellow petticoat 
And a pretty green gown
Daffy-down-Dilly.


Nature Report from Oregon. 

My first sign of spring -- daffodils -- February 4th -- rather early I would say. 
A true sign of hope that nature will perform her bountiful  pageantry again for us to enjoy. Sometimes winter just seems like it wants to stay forever. Are you always glad when you discover your first signs of spring?


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NO BOX STORES ON MAIN STREET IN SMALL TOWN BROWNSVILLE, OREGON


Then (left side of photo)
and 
Now (right side of photo)
photo credit: City of Brownsville, Oregon



Take a stroll down Brownsville's main street and be introduced to hometown shops. 
A strong sense of community is a hallmark of the town.


Here you will find about 1700 residents located in the southern part of Oregon's Willamette Valley.



Town settled in the 1840's.


Commercial area dates from the 1850's to the 1920's.


And while you are there stop and enjoy a cool one 
at the Brownsville Saloon.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WESTERN WEAR IN AN URBAN CITY



Western wear is still going strong at a store in Portland, Oregon. I took this photo some time ago and thought it portrayed the still on-going culture of the West. Here in this widow display it stands humbly before the reflected high rises of Portland. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

WEB THREADS


Was out roaming a natural habitat area on this past Christmas day with my camera and my son. He also had his camera and we parted ways when we arrived. He was headed toward a large wetland area to take photos while I just wanted to roam haphazardly to find photos to take. We both ended up at our meeting place after about four hours. Just as he was wrapping up his photo session he dropped his camera accidentally and broke his view finder. Now he has to deal with a minor repair which usually is not so minor when you see the price quote from the camera repair company. But aside from that unfortunate incident he felt lucky that his lens did not break. 

Above is one of the photos I captured that day. The thread between the pickets were web threads made by some spider. The threads marched from picket to picket for at least twenty feet. 

The web threads reminded me of a William Stafford poem I found in a book titled  Nature and the Human Soul, by Bill Plotkin. I have borrowed it placing it below.



The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among


things that change. But it doesn’t change.


People wonder about what you are pursuing.


You have to explain about the thread.


But it is hard for others to see.


While you hold it you can’t get lost.


Tragedies happen; people get hurt


or die; and you suffer and get old.


Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.


You don’t ever let go of the thread.




Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HOLIDAY TIME -- OFF UNTIL JANUARY


WISHING EVERYONE THE BEST FOR THE HOLIDAYS. WILL BE BACK IN JANUARY.
Brownie camera ad -- 1903

Friday, November 13, 2015

FALL, FOLKS, AND DOG FUN



Dog parks have become quite the place to hang out if you have a dog. If you want the benefit of exercise for your dog (s) or if you just want your dog to enjoy playing with others a dog park provides this. Some parks are small while others have lots of space for dogs to roam -- all off leash. Above and below are photos of a large park where I take my dog every day to run and greet other dogs both large and small. She loves it. 



Here are some woman that have been enjoying watching their dogs as they socialize with other dogs -- while at the same time doing a bit of socialization with each other. 



Above several of the owners with their dogs are throwing Frisbees for the dogs. Great exercise. To the far right is my dog Daisy. She is ten so she can only run so long and then she just walks and sniffs around the park.

If you have thought about taking your dog to a dog park check out this Wikipedia site to find out the particulars. Also check with your local municipality for locations. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

FARM INGREDIENTS


A Barn -- A Truck -- Some Straw (hay?) Bales -- A Tractor

Out riding the roads a couple weeks ago and noticed this somewhat symmetrical pattern created by this barn with its truck, straw bales (could be hay?) and a tractor. I snapped a few photos of the whole composite. Figured the truck is essential for hauling farm goods, the straw bales are usually for animal bedding or if hay bales for feed and of course the tractor for many duties especially field work. The sky was gray-overcast that day so I cheated and used lightroom to add some blue in the sky. 

I want to mention that I have always appreciated the work of  the true farmers that work hard and long to grow food for our markets.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

EARLY COUNTRY I-HOUSE -- KY



This early country house in Kentucky is like many of the small modest houses of this form. Many dating back to the 1800's they are numerous in the southern and eastern part of the United States. This particular one was found in the country near Lancaster, Kentucky. It is a great example of the small simple I-House. Very practical, vernacular and popular in southern states.