liquid sunshine

last summer, we had four straight months with no rain. four straight months!

it was crazy, so unlike oregon. this year, we got a bit of summer showers but last year, nothing, nada, dry as a bone. so when that first rain finally came… woo-hoo! i was excited! i ran outside and started photographing it. what a gorgeous sight for this oregonian.

i was truly giddy. here is what i saw that day.















this is real life

do you ever feel like you are constantly editing your life? what is safe to say online, what is safe to say to friends, what is safe to say to family… sometimes even what is safe to say to yourself?

i feel this way constantly. it’s hard sometimes. sometimes you just want to let it all out.

even in just tiny superficial ways, if nothing else, to give yourself and others the same permission to let it all out.

i scanned these images months ago, today i ran across them and i like them more than the first time i looked at them so i wanted to share them. but some of them have scratches, imperfections.

i thought about fixing them, taking the time to polish them up. but i kinda like the scratches and dust.

i decided i liked these images just the way they are. imperfect, unedited.

my world is just as imperfect as yours, let’s celebrate that for once.


random images i made in march 2013 | self-scanned, scratched and dusty
olympus om-2n | kodak ektar 100 film

yay for friday

I’m heading up to British Columbia tomorrow morning. I am so excited for the run and to explore Victoria as an adult.

These photos I am sharing are outtakes from a roll of doubles… some times, things just don’t work out and we only get one photo in the image. Somehow, with this roll, I took over. These shots were taking during a weekend trip my boyfriend and I took with my younger brother and his wife up to Seattle for a pre-season Seahawks game. It’s so awesome to relive those times through these photos. We had a lot of fun.

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Here are a couple of notable things I found…

Beautiful, stacking wine glasses? Be still my heart. Makes me want to drink more wine this autumn.
{I feel a little sheepish sharing things to buy on here but we all have wish-lists now, don’t we?}

How cool are these old letterheads? Makes me want to write more letters.

We’ll be taking a ferry up to Victoria tomorrow. It’s one of the things I am most excited about.
So here is a glimpse of a ferry trip through the eyes of Rachel of the blog elephantine.
I promise to take lots of photos along the trip and share them with you here.
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I hope you have a great weekend!

Seattle, WA at the end of the summer of 2011 | Olympus OM-2n + 50mm 1.8 lens | Kodak Tri-X 400 (I think)


As many of you know, I participate in a photography project called Words to Shoot By. Every couple of weeks we shoot three new photos (in any format) interpreting a word. We had a special post today that had our normal crew plus 16 guests! I have to say, it’s one of the most beautiful posts I have seen in a while.

Below are the three images I contributed for today’s post. Our word was water. I made these images with my Olympus OM-2n, 50mm 1.8 lens, and Kodak Ektar 100 film at the end of August while boating across the ever gorgeous Redfish Lake in Idaho. Such a lovely place.


This was a really fun one to shoot for! Now go check out everybody else’s!

friday bits

happy friday, folks! I hope you have a lovely summer weekend!

Here are three photos from a trip I took to the coast in early June. { photos made with my Olympus OM-2n 35mm film camera }

Here are three fun things that I hope you enjoy!

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I just started running again using THE COUCH-TO-5K® RUNNING PLAN. I am really enjoying it. It’s a really reasonable plan, just 30 minutes/3 times a week. It’s tough at times but really wonderful too. I love pushing myself, working up a sweat, and the time alone. We have had really beautiful weather lately so that has helped too. I like to get up a little earlier than usual and enjoying that morning light and coolness. If you are looking for a way to get back into working out and don’t mind running, I recommend you give this plan a try.


I love reading. In my early twenties, I took MAX (Portland’s light rail) to work everyday and I loved having that time to read. Here is an awesome (and growing) collection of photos of people reading on the NYC subways. It’s always fun to see what other people are reading :: UNDERGROUND NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY.


Have you seen THE HERRIOTT GRACE FILM? It’s a beautiful short film (~30 minutes) about the story of a father-daughter relationship behind the small business of Herriott Grace. It’s beautifully filmed and a touching story.

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See you again soon! If you got a minute, please say hi in the comments. I love hearing from my blog visitors! Do you like these kind of posts? Should I keep doing them or just stick to my photo stories? Thanks for visiting.

aw shucks!

I know I said I would have a surprise Friday along with a rodeo post but I somehow thought yesterday was Wednesday when I wrote it and I am not quite ready. So Monday! Let’s meet back here and do this thing. K?

How cute is this dog?! I just loved his outfit.

While I am here, can I get a hell yeah for the weekend? Have a nice one, folks!

out of a rock

Hi folks,

I’m trying out a new look here on the blog. I’ve been wanting to move to a white template for a while but had trouble finding the right one. I am still tinkering with this one a bit so there maybe be more updates. I guess you could say it’s under construction. Let me know what you think!

Here are a couple of shots from my day with Steph Parke back in July. We stopped a lot as we traversed the coast. This time we stopped just to take shots of this tree growing out of a rock.

There were some ladies there making paintings of the scene. While I felt like it was too forward to take a photo of their canvases, I had no problem asking to take a photo of their tools.

I love painter’s palettes. They tell lovely stories.

Well, friends, I will be back here on friday with that Rodeo post I have been promising you. And possibly a bit of exciting news to share?! See you then. Thanks for stopping by!


To see more photos from this day, click on the tag my day with Steph Parke below.

fenced in

A couple of shots that I took through a fence while in Pendleton last weekend. I still owe you a rodeo post… check back here next week!

I haven’t felt like shooting much since we got back. I’m hoping this is just a short term funk. Maybe the weekend will help.

Happy Friday, folks!

Pendleton, OR | September 17, 2011 | Olympus OM-2n


Hi! Just stopping in to share some late summer cloud shots I’ve taken recently.

I love a good cloudscape, don’t you? The skies are always a-changin.

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. { RUMI }

Don’t forget to look up sometimes.

I see stars

On Labor Day, Cal and I spent a little bit of time exploring the Florence Jetty.

It was an overcast day but not cold.

We love to explore places together and talk about what we see. Sometimes he helps me see more than I normally would. I am an overly cautious person (I really don’t like getting physically hurt) and a bit of a scaredy cat and he is thrilled by adventure and unafraid of getting hurt. It’s kind of perfect actually, we watch out for each other in totally different ways.

So I, of course, initally protested all the rock hopping and climbing that he wanted to do but he patiently coaxed me into it all.

As we got closer to the beach we noticed that the jetty was a rather happy place for a lot of sealife.

I have never seen so many starfish in my life. Seriously.

Everytime I visit the coast, I make sure to get in at least one visit to the beach. It seems ridiculous since we spent three full days only about a mile from a place like this. There is always so much to do at the coast that you have to make a point to get up close and personal with the ocean.

But it’s always worth it.

and then the fog moved in

When I drove into Newport last saturday, it was a gorgeously clear and sunny afternoon. It was hot even! Here was the view from the balcony of the house we stayed in. Awesome, huh?

The next morning, it was all fogged in. It was like a different place. I took two photos of the exact same view to show you the difference.

the bridge, all socked in

the foggy bay

I didn’t leave Newport until around 2 PM and the fog followed me all the way back to Florence. I’l share those photos in a couple days.

I get to go see my best friend get married today. It’s going to be a gorgeous day.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend. I’m soaking up this heat cause it will be sweater time before we know it!

along the 101

Last weekend, we went camping near the coast in Florence, Oregon but for
one night I drove up to Newport for my best friend’s bachelorette party. It’s an hour and a half drive each way but it was very scenic since you are driving along the coast for most of it. It is also a very winding which is why it takes so long to go 50 miles.

On the way there, on Saturday, it was sunny and 80 degrees with a bit of
wind. I had all my windows down, with the sunroof open and the music blaring.
I love driving like that when the air is warm on your skin. It feels freeing. I stopped a few times to take photos, I was feeling giddy. Film photography
does that to me.

Here was the view along the way. I love driving the 101.