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Ghost Riders Along the Waterfront

Just in time for All Hallows Eve!

Here are some interesting images I found along the Portland Waterfront last week. I wanted to capture the cherry blossom trees between the Burnside and Steel bridges along the Willamette River in the early morning light. In the Spring, these trees a littered with pink blossoms and there are a ton of images out there depicting that. But in the 10+ years I’ve lived in Portland I never noticed the colors during the Autumn, or the Second Spring. The day before these images were created I was taking the off ramp from Interstate 5 into the Central Eastside business district, which features spectacular views of Downtown Portland, and noticed all the colors along the waterfront. I made a mental note, you have to get out there for some images. The following morning, I did exactly that. Little did I know how busy it is with bike commuters and others in the early morning hours? They make for the perfect ghost images and ample opportunity for action shots with some fantastic color behind the ghosts. I particularly liked it when someone rode by in a yellow rain slicker because the colors match the trees perfectly.

I never believed much in ghosts! I’ve never seen one, so it’s difficult in my mind to believe something that I’ve never seen? I’ve wanted to believe. I think it would be cool to see something that’s not really there and to be able to study or to try and communicate with it. But I’ve yet to be afforded that opportunity. Maybe one day I’ll get that chance. But until then, it’s difficult for me to fully comprehend the thought.

Any who! It is my desire that everyone have a great Halloween season. Hope to see some great costumes out there, and perhaps a ghost or two? Be safe and be careful with all that sugar and candy bounty that you’ll pull in tonight.

Peace

~V

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Another Autumn Nearly Passed

Wow! It’s difficult to believe that Autumn is nearly two-thirds gone already? In a little over 30 days from today, Winter will be presenting it’s likeness for all to enjoy! And the holidays are just around the corner from that.

Yesterday, while working on some images that will be presented in an upcoming post, probably later this week, I found this golden colored Maple Leaf barely hanging on to this Heavenly Bamboo leaf in my backyard. It made for an impromptu photo session to get the images posted in today’s post. Pretty cool from my humble opinion? What do you think?

I hope you’re enjoying the Autumn season so far this year? Watching the leaves change colors on the trees and gather on the ground has been a thorough enjoyment for me to experience this year. I’ve enjoyed posted all the colors of Autumn, if you’ve missed any of them take a moment of your time to go back and review. I think you’ll like? And in the meantime, share with your friends. I need all the exposure I can get.

I also wanted to briefly state that I #standUnited with #France and against bullying, intimidation and violent threats. There’s only room for #peace in this #World, let’s start living it today.

Peace

~V

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I Was Bored the Other Day

I was bored the other day and wanted to create. But I also knew I had to exercise too, at a little bit. So I went for a walk in Laurelhurst Park down the street. While on my walk, I suddenly realized that I was collecting leaves from off the ground. I was pinking up the ones that had freshly fallen. I walked all over the park for a little while, and collected leaves. I should have brought a bag to keep them in, I must have looked silly will all those colorful leaves in my hands. But I didn’t care. I suddenly found myself on a mission. I brought the leaves to my home studio and started taking pictures. I organized them into a collage, which suddenly sounds oxy-moronic? I was just practicing taking pictures. These are just a few samples of what I came up with. I hope you like. There’s 15 in the collection all together. To see them all, visit my Instagram Portfolio. Become a follower while you’re at it, why not?

Please remember to always hit the “like” and “share” buttons below.

Peace

~V

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Autumn Trees

I am absolutely bummed that not a single person has responded to my offer for creating Fall Portraits! Please see offer by visit this link – Lunchtime Photo Sessions. Well actually, one person responded saying it was a good idea, making it seem like she might be interested. I contacted her with more details but I never heard back regarding. I’m absolutely devastated about this missed opportunity, and the missed opportunity to work with others to find some great images during this Autumn Season. I mean, I absolutely love conducting photo sessions, but I seem to never get the opportunity.

Fact is, I’m not getting very much response at all regarding any of the blogs I post? I’m really trying to figure out where to go from here. Any feedback would be appreciated? I mean, here on WordPress, from other WordPress members, I receive a small number of likes on my posts, but nobody ever visits? The total number of visits to my blog on a daily basis averages around 10. The average number of “likes” I receive could be somewhere around twice that. And, nobody ever “Shares” my blog posts. I’m trying to figure out how one can like a post if they’ve never been there to see the post? Maybe WordPress isn’t the best place to facilitate a blog? I’m not sure? My blog just seems to have gotten lost in the WordPress fodder.

I’m convinced that I’m a fairly decent photographer, definitely not the best out there in the World, but aren’t I better than to be subjected to an average of 10 viewers per day? Any feedback that can be given that could shed some insight would be greatly appreciated. Would love to become a featured blog on WordPress, but I guess the chance of that happening are fairly slim?

Well, that’s my rant for the day! These days I’m outdoor finding images of Autumn. In my travels I’ve created some pretty interesting images of trees and leafs changing colors. Today I want to feature some trees I’ve come across. The images above are of a Paperbark Maple Tree, a Red Oak Tree, and a Birch Tree. Hope you enjoy, sorry for my rant, and please share.

Peace

~V

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Photographer Walks by Sugar Maple Tree in Autumn

This is what I found when I walked by a Sugar Maple Tree this morning. It was quite a mesmerizing experience to me. Oh My, the red colors. Up close, and far away, this tree produces some electrifying red tones, striking from just about every angle. I hope you like this weeks selection of images, in celebration of Autumn 2015.

I hope you like? Please remember to share with your friends.

Peace

~V

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Welcome Autumn 2015

Well, as the season changes and the leaves begin to turn I wanted to present some colors of Autumn in this week’s blog post. I’ve been going around where ever I can to find some colors of change. I think I may have succeeded already. I found these images at Hoyt Arboretum where I’ve been visiting early Sunday mornings over the last couple weeks. Love the early morning walks, when nothing is around except the squirrels and birds. Actually, that’s not entirely true, I’ve seen a few dogs taking their humans out for early morning walks or jogs. But I’m surprised to see not very many others. We’re very lucky to have such a place as Hoyt Arboretum with over 6000 species of trees covering 189 acres of land. It’s been there since 1928 and many of the trees and groves are simply a treasure to be among.

Be on the lookout for more images from the Hoyt over the next couple months. It will be my mission to document more season changes as Autumn passes through and we get close to Winter. I want to get to know the place, so I’ll just keep going for occasional Sunday morning hikes all the way until the new growth starts popping up in the Spring. If you’re in the Portland area and want to come with, be sure to look me up.

I hope you like this week’s post, be sure to come around next week more more Autumn Colors. And remember to share and share alike.

Peace

~V

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Winter Waterfalls

The Wilson River cuts a path through the Coast Range Mountains, and the Tillamook Bay, toward the Pacific Ocean in Northern Oregon. This beautiful river is largely protected having been established as part of the Tillamook State Forest. Wilson River is one of five rivers that drain the Tillamook Valley on the Oregon Coast. Oregon State Highway 6 runs along side most of the Wilson River as you’re moving from Portland to Tillamook. There are many pull outs along the way for creating some pretty amazing photos. I was fortunate to traverse that path a couple times about a month ago. As you can tell from the images, I was just a little too late to catch the Autumn Color Transition. Still some pretty amazing waterfall images to enjoy of this the first day of Winter, 2014.

Happy Holidays, enjoy, and peace

~V

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Falling Autumn

As we turn the corner of yet another season –  the darkness starts to surround us early in the day – the Autumn season falls into the past – I present a reflection on the colors from 2014’s Autumn season.

These are my favorite images from this year’s Autumn, taken in various places around Portland, Oregon, including my backyard and the Columbia River Gorge. I expected the colors of the season to be more vivid this year, since we had such a long Summer. I heard a long time ago that, when there’s a dearth of rain in the late Summer season, the colors of Autumn are more vibrant. I guess I remembered that wrong? That’s not what happened this year in the Portland area. If any readers know more about this, by all means leave a comment. In the mean time, enjoy these images and I hope your seasonal transition is a smooth one.

Peace

~V

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Autumn 2014

Fans of this blog will remember the Abstract Water post I did earlier in the year?

Here are some pretty cool images in my humble opinion anyway! Abstract Water. I created these simply by pointing my camera at Firwood Lake at Laurelhurst Park in Portland, OR. On an Autumn day, the reflection can be mesmerizing. Despite my favorite season being Spring, my favorite season to walk in Laurelhurst Park is Fall. It’s simply resplendent with color, one can get drunk on the colors of Fall. I hope you like these abstract images. Leave a comment, positive or negative, and be sure to share these images with your friends and contacts.

Peace

~V

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Harvest 2014

As I’ve probably said before, one of my favorite things to do is walk around my neighborhood and find things that will make cool images. This week’s post features images from such a trek. Pumpkins in the neighborhood! The first image is of some pumpkins left over from last year. Now that’s what I call a Rotten Jack. The second two images are this year’s crop of orange squash.

The pumpkin is a squash, which is a vegetable. Yummy pumpkin pie is a great Autumn tradition. But pumpkin soup with a little curry included makes a delightful treat. The pumpkin is native to North America, with the earliest seeds ever found for this interesting vine was found nearly 10,000 years ago near present day Mexico City. It’s become a tradition to carve drawing into a pumpkin and lite them providing a lighted path to follow as the days grow shorter approaching Winter. An astonishing 1.5 BILLION Lbs of pumpkins are grown, predominantly in the US State of Illinois, but also in Indiana, Ohio and California. The pumpkin has been historically pollinated by the Squash Bee, which is currently experiencing a decline in population, due to pesticide use in growing pumpkins. Imagine a Halloween without the pumpkin? It may be coming soon.

Please share this post with your friends and family.

Peace

~V

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Autumn Colors in Oregon

These are just some random images I created on a recent walk through Laurelhurst Park in Portland, Oregon.

I make this post as I ponder over the fact that, this blog will surpass the 10,000 Lifetime views today. That means the visitors to my page generated 10,000 clicks through my website/blog in the year and a half I’ve been posting – this will probably happen the day this post comes out -Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. I can’t help to question… Is that good? I mean, I’m impressed that so many folks have gotten to enjoy the images I create. I’ve never done a blog before, so I don’t know what to measure things by? I’m thankful also, for the 75 followers I’ve generated, and I’ve reached over 100 followers on Facebook. But one thing that doesn’t happen is commenting? I mean, even when I encourage folks to give me feedback, I rarely get any feedback? The commenting just doesn’t happen on this blog? Why is that? What do others experience with their blogs? How long did it take you to reach 10,000 views? How did you feel about your blog when you reached that point?

I feel invigorated, and am happy to continue sharing. I like being a photographer and am doing something I really love to do. And, I like sharing not just my images, but images from other great photographers and artists work. Both thru the “Photo Essays” posts, and the “Featured Artist” posts respectively. Though, to be honest, I need more artists work to photograph, so make those referrals today! All artists that I photograph will be featured on this blog. And I hope to see more great images coming in 2014.

Meanwhile, enjoy these images for this week and thanks for stopping by today!

Peace

~V

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A post for Autumn to celebrate Halloween

Here are a couple images I really like in recognition of the Autumn season and for a happy Halloween.

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