Florence, Oregon, is a small town on the Oregon Coast. It’s been a good 25 years or so since we’ve visited, so we thought it was time to check it out again. We’ve enjoyed some great seafood and walked along a beautiful beach in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. We’re staying in a riverfront hotel on the Siuslaw River, and today we spent a very pleasant afternoon walking through Old Town Florence. Florence is definitely worth a visit!
Back to work next week! New pumpkin design is finished except for the tendrils…so close!!!
Sedona, Arizona is such a beautiful place. Its beauty is in stark contrast to that of our Oregon home, which is influenced by the maritime climate of the Pacific Coast. I’m basking in the heat and sunshine, shoring up my reserves for our long, dark PNW winter.
It’s been a wonderful and relaxing few days, spent hanging out with family and taking in the scenery. The red rocks are stunning and awe-inspiring. I’d love to share some of my favorite images with you.
Art abounds in Sedona:
On the knitting front, I have been working away at the next pumpkin pattern. I completely redesigned the shaping last night and hope to have a completed pumpkin this week. Pattern soon!
Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll catch you again soon!!!
It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to participate in a weekly photo challenge, so I’m happy to have had a few moments today to find these sunset captures to share with you.
In February, I took a few days of quiet retreat in Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is a fishing port sitting on the mouth of the Columbia River near the Pacific Ocean. It has a great downtown for shopping as well as a boardwalk right on the river. These pictures were taken at the end of a peaceful and reflective evening walk – with peace and reflection being the essence of “sunset” to me.
My entry for this week’s photo challenge – taken at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Throughout the entire hike, I dawdled with my camera, and the others were always turning corners before me. It’s a beautiful, breathtaking place, so I was really quite okay with taking it in at my own pace.
Merriam-Webster defines “corner” as, among other things, “the point where converging lines, edges, or sides meet.” I also like looking at it from the opposite direction: corners are where lines, objects, and people go their separate ways. A corner is literally a turning point, full of tension and potential. ~Ben Huberman, The Daily Post.
For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.
Fungus. Fungus is definitely an unusual topic for me. But this fungus was so unusual and so compositionally interesting to me that I had to take a series of pictures.
Thanks for stopping by this week to check out what struck me as unusual. The other entries for this week’s photo challenge can be found here.
Collage: An assortment, a collection, a hodgepodge. This week, share one — whether found in the wild or assembled yourself. The Daily Post ~Michelle Weber
Yesterday I came across this collection of beachy material and snapped a few shots. No changes were made to the composition; this is exactly as the objects appeared in the wild. In the sense that hodgepodge is collage, I believe this fits this week’s challenge.
Playing around with depth of focus is always a lot of fun. While I would love to take a fabulous landscape photo with everything clear and in sharp focus, more often I enjoy switching to a more shallow depth of focus, with the foreground being the subject and the expected subject being blurred.
This challenge really struck a chord with me. The evanescence – fleeting existence – of the tableaus I find on the beach is part of their charm and attraction for me. Here are a few more Oregon Coast still lifes:
Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.
The Daily Post, Krista Stevens
The still life tableaus I find at the beach are evanescent; I have to capture them at that moment, before the wind and the surf sweep them away. Their fleeting existence is part of what intrigues me and inspires me to look for interesting juxtapositions of color, form, and texture.