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Clackamas River

Okay, so I was supposed to post this series of images last Summer, soon after I posted my Washougal River post from last year. But I got sidetracked and to be honest I didn’t think these images that I found out on the Clackamas River weren’t as spectacular? But I’ve decided to post anyway, since I haven’t posted at all this month, I wanted to get something out there.

The Clackamas River feeds into the Willamette River in Oregon City, after traversing out of the Cascade foothills Southeast of Portland, OR. It’s a beautiful river, but was probably once even more grand before Portland General Electric came in and built dams to provide power to the growing city to the North. The valley hasn’t been logged very much recently as compared to along Highway 26 out to the coast. It was logged long ago, and the second growth forest is coming in nicely. Hopefully they won’t log again for a long time to come.

I also wanted to say that I updated my last Feature Artist post featuring some commentary about the pieces I posted images of from the artist himself, Jan Shield. Check out the link and some great fine art.

Peace

~V

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$99 – 45 Minute Lunchtime Photo Sessions! Kid Friendly!

Autumn colors are around the corner, time for your Autumn Photo Session?

I like to facilitate Photo Sessions in environments that open up the individual being photographed. The colors in Portland, OR area parks are fabulous right now! Time to update that professional image or the family portrait. Forest Park, Laurelhurst Park, and Hoyt Arboretum are just a few of my suggestions. Above are just some of my favorite portraits I’ve created in the last year. Call today – 503-241-0170, ask about my $99 – 45 minute Lunchtime Photo Sessions. They only last 45 minutes. Lets meet and have coffee so we can talk about what you’d like to see in a session.

Phone/text – 503-241-0170
Email – kindmuse@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you today!

Peace

~V

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Wild in the City – Laurelhurst Falcons

I found this young fledgling at Laurelhurst Park last week, probably complaining about the heat. If you’ll notice while she’s sitting there on the tree limb her wings are slightly lifted. Makes sense to me that with all those feathers, when they are folded tightly against her body, on a hot day, it’s doing nothing but generating heat? So, why not get some air flowing through? Even though it’s hot air, but probably not as hot up in the trees, lifting your wings, even just a little bit, is somewhat akin to turning on the air conditioning. At 95 degrees this day lifting the wings is something needed and very welcome.

There was a whole family of these beautiful birds on this day. I saw four of them at one time, they were playing chase with the squirrels. But only one of these beautys saw fit to be a model for me this day. The others were shy. It was a bonus to find these lovely birds squawking at each other this day. I’d merely went to the park to do some reading, but I did bring my camera and some nuts, thinking perhaps I’d lure a squirrel my way for some pictures. As luck would have it, the squirrels were hiding, but these falcons were definitely flying about.

I think the family lives in the park right now? The other day I was walking by the park and happened to catch 2 or 3 chasing and playing with each other, as they briefly flew away from the protective trees and over the sidewalk. There may be more images of these lovely birds coming soon, so be on the lookout.

Please remember to share this post, tell your friends where they can find some pretty decent images.

Peace

~V

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Willamette Valley, Basket Slough

My destination for this week’s blog post shows the diversity of colors that can be found in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon. I’d been wanting to stop at the Basket Slough National Wildlife Refuge for a couple years now and finally got a chance to do that recently. I had a late morning photo job in Dallas, OR and decided to leave even earlier cause it gave me a chance to visit this special place at sunrise, during the golden hour. But I only had a little bit of time, about 30 minutes, so I went back after my job was done, in the afternoon. The tree images in this post were taken at sunrise, the Camas flower image was taken in the afternoon. Believe it or not, these images were taken in the Spring, just a couple weeks before this blog post – despite the trees looking golden as if it was Autumn. The Basket Slough is a stop over destination for the Dusky Canadian Goose, and there were tons of them there on this day. I found a couple images of 100s of them roosting in a field, but it’s not a very good one, I can’t even tell that they are geese sitting there. A couple times during my visit there was a mass geese fly off, but I wasn’t in a good place to get an image of them. What a beautiful place to stop over, I almost feel jealous of the geese. If you get a chance, be sure to visit. It’s a small place, so you wouldn’t need to spend a lot of time there. But until then enjoy these images and be sure to share with your friends.

Peace

~V

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Mount Hood Sunrise January 2015

I got an opportunity to head up to Rocky Butte the other day to photograph the sunrise and created this short series of images just as the Sun was peering over the horizon. The first few days of 2015 in the Portland area have been beautifully clear, but cold. It was very foggy on this particular morning, when I headed up to the Butte, I wasn’t sure if I’d see anything because of the fog. But it was lying low so the elevation was perfect for getting some clear images of Mount Hood. I got other images, but my camera is dirty right now, even though I just had it cleaned a couple months ago. If there’s any insight on how often a camera should be cleaned, please provide in the comments section. It seems too soon to have such a dirty sensor on my camera, but none-the-less. Once I get the other images cleaned up, they will be posted here. In the mean time, enjoy these beautiful ones. And please share with your friends.

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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Cute Chickadees

In case you missed my previous posts this year regarding this wonderful bird. Here’s another opportunity to check them out. I had a couple opportunities to photograph Chickadees this past year, once at the Heron Haus Bed and Breakfast in Northwest Portland, and another time at Oswald West State Park on the Oregon Coast. Here are some leftover images that haven’t made it onto this blog yet. You can check out the other images by following the links provided above. I hope you like, please share with your friends and family.

Peace

~V

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Small Business Saturday! Here’s How You Can Help This Small Business!

You can help this Small Business on Small Business Saturday. I’m asking for no money, just a little bit of your time.

Followers of this blog with know about the Photographer’s Social Website called Viewbug.com. I’m a part of this Photographer’s social network, where other photographers can receive feedback on images they post, helping them to become a better photographer. Viewbug also enables sponsors to develop photo contests that members can join to win prizes and recognition.

I’m honored that six of my images this year were nominated for the first ever Viewbug Image of the Year Contest. And now, after 2 weeks of public voting, 2 of my initial 6 images have made it into the top 10% of images being voted on. This is way exciting news, and I’m honored that so many of the images I create are being recognized in this way.

It’s not over yet! Voting is still happening on the Viewbug Image of the Year 2014. Can you stop by and help vote? You do not have to be a Viewbug member to vote, just click on the link and you’ll be taken to the voting platform, where you’ll get a chance to vote on all images in this competition. The four images that did not make it into the top 10% yet, are still available for voting as well. Maybe, If I don’t win top recognition, at least I’ll get more images into the top 10%? The four images that have not yet made it into the Top 10% are posted below for ease of reference. I appreciate whatever help you have time to provide. Be sure to visit the voting link today.

Peace

~V

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Rocky Butte Falcon

Well, these aren’t awesome images, but they are pretty good, and very telling of the fact that I need another zoom lens. These images are blurry because I’ve zoomed in and cropped them from the original image that I created with my camera. I was at Rocky Butte in Portland, OR to find images of the Super Full Moon rising on the horizon behind Mount Hood. But the clouds on the horizon interfered with that endeavor, by blocking out Mount Hood. Still got some good images that I’ll probably share here one day, but this Falcon was flying around and these are the best images I could find. It was fun watching her flying around probably looking for dinner.

I hope you enjoy these images also, please share this post with your friends and companions.

Peace

~V

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Columbia River Gorge National Recreation Area

Happy Labor Day, despite it being Labor Day in the US, I wanted to work long enough to create a post here.

I want to share with you a story with this week’s post. The story is of Memaloose Island in the Columbia River and the Columbia River Gorge. There once were several islands dotted along the Columbia River, until the Bonneville Dam got built proceeding to flood this area. Now all that is seen is one small island with a grave marker. The marker is for a pioneer named Victor Trevitt, who wanted to be buried with his “Indian Friends.” The name of the island, Memsloose, roughly translates to Land of the Dead, through the local Chinook language. The local natives at one time ‘sent’ their dead to the islands along this part of the Columbia River. During the mid 1900s the US Army Corps removed over 600 native burial sites leaving the one for Victor Trevitt. So, now not only are there no known native burial sites on this island, but also, there is the burial site of one lone white man.  A little bit insulting if you ask me?

We are very fortunate to have a land feature such as the Columbia River Gorge, the scenery is exceptional. And along this particular part of this mighty river, some folks would call it the beginning, others, the end? Between Hood River and The Dalles, specifically at Catherine Creek on the Washington side of the river. In the first image, Memaloose Island can be seen in the center, right part of the image. The island can not be seen in the second image above. But I feel these images make for some rather breath-taking landscapes.

To check out my other posts featuring Catherine Creek visit the following links… Catherine Creek in Autumn and Morning at Catherine Creek.

I hope you enjoy, please share with your contacts and friends.

Peace

~V

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Sensational Sunflowers

Well, I’ve certainly accumulated a good amount of Sunflower images this Summer. It seems that, like Dahlias and Zinnias right now, Sunflowers are all over the place? And the bees seem to really like Sunflowers? That’s probably normal, I just don’t remember actually seeing so many bees swarming around the Sunflower in the past?

The sunflower is the official Kansas State Flower. The only reason I know that is because I spent some time living in Kansas a few years back. These images are not from Kansas, they are indeed found while out on my several walks around Portland, OR so far this Summer. Hope you like these images and why not have a few Sunflower Seeds while viewing.

Please be sure to share with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V