Middle of the nite, 2am, our house guard, Skooter the Llasa Apso, woke us, barking frantically cause something was going on outside. In the morning Carlene found the bird food can had the top removed and bird feed scattered across the patio. The next nite I set the wild game camera and here’s what took place…. Rocky was back. (just click on the first image then arrow to right)
here he comes (bottom right)….
just pokin’ around…
huh… what’s this? What’s in here?
gotta check for them people first…
Let’s try it from up here….
This is a booger to open…
Now it’s comin’.. finally
Just need to check again for people…
Gotta check and make sure…
Now… let’s try again
Wow… that scared me too
Let’s find out whats in here…
What’s in here???
Now this is what I was lookin’ for…
Think I heard something…
I’d better be gettin’ outta here…
yep…. he was here
We… Carlene, the puppers, and I… visited these beyond-my-ability-to-describe-with-words hills in Central Oregon on a day late in May when the Spring thunderstorms were chasing west-to-east by the hour.
Fresh rains were washing the layered hillsides and painting their vivid color “to the max” – the fast moving clouds and the sunshine changed backgrounds by the minute. It was… our lucky day.
The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is comprised of three separate sites. The Painted Hills is one (they call it a “unit”) and is located near the small town of Mitchell, Oregon which is approximately 230 miles south and east of Portland or 85 miles east and north of Bend, Oregon. In my opinion it is much more than just “worth your while” to take a day trip to this country. Take more than just a day, take many.
Here is our attempt to describe this wonderful place with the cameras. Just click on any image then arrow left or right.
I call this “Nipple Hill”
Thunderstorm in the background
Nicest picture of all…. my partner
Link to the National Park Service site for The Painted Hills unit.
For more geologic history of the John Day Fossil Beds Nat. Monument click here
I love the look of Fuschia blooms - I like how they seem so intricate, so dainty, so artistic, pretty and loaded with color. But, I have a problem…
I’ve tried photographing and making pictures the past few years (we have many blooms) but can not ever seem to do them pictorial justice — not been able to capture the essence of the bloom as I see it live. My photo bloom always gets lost in the plant and foliage, it seems to not ever stand up and out in the photo like it does live & in real life?? What is the problem??
So…. I’m going to resort to artificial means and isolate the intricate bloom and put it on non-plant backgrounds. Maybe it’ll be interesting this way. We’ll see.
Tell me what you think and …. I’ll explain how I put the textures and frames in behind and on top of the blooms to hopefully contrast and bring out the bloom’s amazing beauty. Maybe this’ll be a step in the right direction.
For those of us with interest in and about the covered bridges of Oregon the Fourtner Bridge on the north skirts of Grand Rhond may be the only one many have not seen in person. All the other bridges… you can drive “up to” or through. The Fourtner Bridge, built by “Doc” Fourtner and spouse, is on private property and out of view from the passing road.
My family and I were extremely fortunate a few years back, July of 2005 to be exact, when this bridge was the only of Oregon’s 51 registered sites I had not photographed and we stopped in at the property that used to be owned (and inhabited) by the Fourtner family.
The daughter of Doc Fourtner was at the farm that day and…. not occupied with urgency — she took us for a personal tour to the location and the bridge. I am indebted to her. Mrs Margie Ellis.
Follow this series of photographs and I hope you get a certain sense of the bridge as it is now. It’s a seldom seen gem in my opinion.
Mrs Ellis was most gracious with stories of her father and the bridge and you’ll see her in one of the photos on the long south ramp going to the cattle pasture in the rear fields. A few years later I mailed to Mrs Ellis a framed copy of this photograph and she in return sent me a personal card of thanks and bridge history.
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