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!

summery bits

happy friday, folks!

Here are three fun things that I hope you enjoy!

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We are spending the day at KAH-NEE-TA tomorrow! I am looking forward to spending some time in and around their pool. I’ve never stayed there but it looks like fun! :-D


I love Flickr. Honestly, I’m a bit addicted. One of the things that I love to do to get inspired is peruse MY FLICKR FAVORITES (AND OTHER PEOPLES TOO). I love how they change with the season. If you need an escape, you can live vicariously through some of my contacts vacations. How sweet is that?


Did you know that Marilyn Monroe wrote poems? I didn’t either but there is a new book out of them. Find out more about it over on BRAIN PICKINGS and read a couple of them while you’re there. Fascinating!

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I hope you have a lovely summer weekend! Thanks for visiting!

Included in this post are some scenes from last summer, taken at my grandparents house. { photos made with my Olympus OM-2n 35mm film camera }

flickr friend meet-up

Earlier this month, I spent an evening with some Flickr friends, wandering about industrial Southeast Portland and shooting some instant film (well, we shot whatever we felt like really). We got lucky with some gorgeous light and may have partaken in a bit of trespassing (in the name of art, of course). We had a blast and ended the evening with some cocktails and a bit of food. Here’s the evening from my POV. You can also see it in KIM‘s blog post HERE.

I am working on taking more people photos so I made a point to take portraits of everyone in the group. You can find links to there flickrstreams under their portraits.

I took this opportunity to shoot a lot of instant film, including some that I am less familiar with since I had some POLAROID EXPERTS in the group. I choose to shoot IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT PX 70 in my Polaroid 600 since all my recent shots with it in my SX-70 were blowing out. I figured that the faster speed of the camera might work better. I was right but, unfortunately, had some bad pod issues. I think it’s the batch, since it’s happened to multiple packs that I bought at the same time. I am including them anyway cause I think they turned out kinda cool. You will notice I left the borders on them. The rest of the shots are borderless.

The other two films I shot with were IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT PZ 600 UV+ and Fujifilm FP-100c, both of which I totally adore and highly recommend.

It’s time for the photos to speak for themselves. Here they are, in the order that I took them.





Industrial SE Portland | July 6, 2012 | Polaroid Colorpack II, Polaroid Spectra & Polaroid 600 with Fuji FP-100c, PZ 600 UV+ & PX 70 Color Shade (respectively)

december first


Here are a couple of shots from my last roll through the adorable Balda Juwella.

Hey look, I got a bit of focus happening! Yay! It’s like a miracle.

These were taken towards the end of summer (can’t you tell by the light? it’s so different now). The first shot was out at McIver Park on the Clackamas River {the Morrow family reunion!} and the second or last one is take just outside of Bend from Pine Butte.

Just felt like saying hello today. This week is flying by.

Can you believe it is December already? I’m still in shock. But, here we are.

Hello December! Let’s try not to go by too fast now, ok?

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.

summer in the city

Here in Portland, we have had the hottest part of our summer in these early days of September. It finally got up into the 90s. I’m grateful for the heat even though it wears on me. What is summer without a few nights where it’s so hot you can barely sleep, where only a sheet with do (if that)?

After a glorious few months of 70 and 80 degree days… we need those 90s to get us through the next few months. To make us a tiny bit sick of the heat.

Now I feel ready for the coolness ahead. Bring it, Autumn.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park | September 7, 2011
Olympus OM-2n | Kodak Tri-X 400

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!

happy friday!

According to some of my flickr friends, Friday is when you post fence photos. Monday you post bench photos (preferably with you standing on it). I normally don’t go by any schedule. I just post what I feel like but I was playing around in my archives last night and I stumbled upon some fence photos. They’re pretty cheerful, so why not? Happy Fence Friday, folks.

Got any fun plans this weekend? I’m doing happy hour tonight, a wedding tomorrow and a family reunion on Sunday. It’s a full life, I tell you. Have a great day, folks!