Familiar sites

Heading back to London soon and I have missed that city and all my friends there. I know a lot of people don’t like the city because it is so huge, but I like the hustle and bustle. But more than that I love the architecture, all the galleries, and yes, even the food. Back in 1998, I met and became friends with a London family and now that groups has grown through friends and new births. I can’t wait to see everyone again.

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making plans

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row, row, row your boat

….not gently down the stream but over the lake, Trillium Lake. Heading there again soon with the #pinholemayhem gang, but I had to test out the new boat first. It’s been a long time since I spent summers at Webber Lake, out of Truckee California, rowing the day away with my sister and close friends. We’d check out the big old wooden boats from the 1860’s saloon, turned camp office, and then row and row. No life jackets in those days and we thought we were so grown up. It was only years later we discovered that Mom was keeping a keen eye on us. Now I wouldn’t dream going out without my life jacket, walkie talkie and safety gear.

I also went with my little metal 35mm La Sardina camera from Lomography. Never know when water might crash over the boat and I don’t want to ruin my best cameras. I am sharing a few photos from my last trip taken with Kodak Portra 400.

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Escaping the heat

The Portland area is having an unusually hot summer with many days above 90. Luckily only living 70 miles from the Oregon coast, I can escape the heat easily. I did that one day last week by making a day trip to Cannon Beach.

I used my taped up Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera making photos of scenes on the beach. I think I see a new camera in my future. I keep seeing that light leak on the lower left corner. When I remove my film it is wound tightly so I don’t know where the light is seeping in. Oh well, you just never know exactly what you’ll get with film until it is developed. Isn’t that one of the reasons we love film?

kids building sand castles

kids building sand castles

umbrella protection

umbrella protection

friends enjoying the day

friends enjoying the day

(pinhole images taken with Kodak Ektar 100)

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Fleeting Summer

The summer is speeding past and I haven’t blogged in almost a month. I’ve been busy with rowing at Trillium Lake, Rose Festival in Portland, short little trips around Oregon, to the mountains and the beach. To be honest I just haven’t had much to say lately. I’ve been spending less time on my computer and more time outside. We haven’t had rain in a month so I am taking advantage of glorious hot days. I did manage to go to the balloon festival which is part of the Portland Rose Festival celebrations. So, although I don’t have much to say, I will share some photos from the event.

The first set of photos were taken with a Noblex 135u panoramic camera loaded with Kodak Portra 400.Noblex135807

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The evening photos were taken with a Canon 5DMkII:

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Plastics

The famous word of advice in the movie “The Graduate”. Who would have known that advice was probably spot on. Plastics dominate our lives and several of my cameras are made of the stuff. When I go to the beach I take my plastic cameras with their plastic lenses because sand and salt water won’t damage them. I’ve had the $200 repair bill on my husband’s Canon dSLR so I’ve learned. I forget to use my Holga PAN and should take it out more often. the photos are soft due to the plastic lens, but it’s light, easy to use and I don’t worry about it.

Here are some photos I took last week using this panoramic camera:

We went along the Portland waterfront during the last weekend of Portland’s Rose Festival.

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the fleet is in town

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cute as Pooh

dragon boat races

dragon boat races

Salmon Street fountain

Salmon Street fountain

cooling off in one of many Portland fountains

cooling off in one of many Portland fountains

We left the waterfront to take a little drive to the Columbia River Gorge:

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bird's eye view

bird’s eye view

I finished out my week with a trip to the Oregon coast. We are so lucky to live so close to both the Pacific ocean, the Columbia Gorge and Mt Hood.

from Ecola State Park and the opening scene in the movie "The Goonies" celebrating its 30th anniversary

from Ecola State Park and the opening scene in the movie “The Goonies” celebrating its 30th anniversary

Ecola State park. Looking for the treasure clues

Ecola State park. Looking for the treasure clues

Haystack Rock on Cannon beach

Haystack Rock on Cannon beach

a great spot to watch the waves

a great spot to watch the waves

Don’t forget that an inexpensive plastic camera can create some great memories.

BTW, I just heard that Oregon is experiencing the driest summer since 1940. I know we need the rain, but these sunny days at the beach are just lovely.

(all photos taken with my Holga PAN and Kodak Portra 400 film)

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Vernonia, Oregon

Hitting the backroads of Oregon again. This time to Vernonia. My interest was peaked this time because of s hop there called ‘Gretchen’s Saddlery Shop’. I wanted to investigate to see if they could make a hand-tooled leather item for my Dad’s 90th birthday, coming up soon. I thought he’d get a kick out of the name since not many people share mine….except German Shepherds and Doxies. Forget that.

Gretchen's Saddlery Shop and old movie theater

Gretchen’s Saddlery Shop and old movie theater

Vernonia is located along the Nehalem River on the eastern side of the north part of the Oregon Coast range. It was one of the most important areas for timber in Oregon. At the last census there were 2,260 residents. The town is off the beaten path, but can easily be reached west of Portland off Highway 26 or off highway 30 if you are heading to the coast. Either way, the winding road is a beautiful drive. It is serviced by Oregon Route 47. There is also a 21-mile mike and walking path that stretches from Vernonia to Scappoose.

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The city does get impacted by flood and many houses are now on stilts. In 2007, the then Verizon, now Frontier, communications building was heavily impacted. Why it was built next to the river is anyone’s guess.

We spent the day wandering the streets, taking photos and stopping for a picnic. there is a lovely park and lake on the edge of town, but be prepared to pay the $5.00 fee for parking, not covered by any Oregon State park pass that we could find. A short walk along the lake path and you’ll come across one of the abandoned mill buildings (photos posted in past entries here).

doll shop

doll shop

home sweet home?

home sweet home?

sit a spell

sit a spell

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alleyways

porch

porch

yard art

yard art

"beware of dog an cat"

“beware of dog an cat”

not very welcoming

not very welcoming

(all photos were taken with my Hasselblad 500Cm and Ilford 125+)

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yes, it really is green

Over the Memorial Day weekend I hiked the trail at Opal Creek with my husband and our friends, the Andrews family, Zeb, Wendi and Owen. A good day of hiking, photography and good friends.

Opal Creek is off highway 22 which runs east of Salem, Oregon. It is the highway we use to get to Sisters and Bend. It’s almost a 3 hour drive from Portland  to Opal Creek and the last few miles are over a gravel and pot ridden road. I didn’t think much of it being a holiday weekend, but my first clue was when we couldn’t even get to the parking lot. So parking on the side of the road, our walk to the trail head was longer than the usual 1 1/2miles. The complete loop is about 9 miles. It’s not difficult, but the road to the mining camp is uneven and rocky. The trail on the other side of the creek is full of tree roots. No matter, we had a wonderful full day of hiking, exploring and making photos.

Due to my recent arm surgery I am unable to carry  heavy loads for a few months so I went with one camera: my pinhole. It’s interesting to take only one camera especially one with long exposures. It gives me the chance to set up and then sit and enjoy the scenery. Those photos will follow as they have not been developed yet. The photos I am sharing here were taken by my husband with a Canon 5DMkII and only one lens, a 50mm.

And yes, the water really is green. I did not photoshop any of these photos.

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climbing over rocks to set up my camera is just part of the experience

climbing over rocks to set up my camera is just part of the experience

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Owen and Zeb

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pools

pools

a boy and his stick

a boy and his stick

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Zeb, his cameras, Wendi and Owen

a bridge too far

a bridge too far

walking out

walking out

For some reason there are no digital photos of the mining camp that you cross halfway into the hike. I believe there are images in a post from a few years ago. Doesn’t matter, we’ll be back.

Oh, and Owen, who is 8, walked the whole 9 miles and never complained. This was the longest hike he has ever completed. So congratulations to him!

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