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Random Images – Seattle

Here are some random images from a visit up to Seattle a while ago.

Of course every photographer that visits Seattle has to find the obligatory image of the Public Market sign. I found it easily enough, and since everyone does eventually find this sign and takes a picture of it, I tried not to. I really did try not to get a image, but I ended up taking one regardless. It’s so present and kind of in a cool spot, I couldn’t resist.

I’d like to know more about the statue of the guy with the lamp, but couldn’t find anything out online about it? Even though in this image I have him standing upright, it’s mounted sideways on a wall, in a staircase at the Pike Place Market, very unusual. If you know anything about this statue please leave a comment.

And then one thing great about Seattle is the fish. Oh man, do they have a lot of fish. Speaking of obligatory images, there’s also the image of the guys at the market throwing the fish back and forth for the enjoyment of the market patrons. I tried to get a good image, but it didn’t work out this time. It happens so fast, next time I visit, I’ll try again. In the mean time, enjoy these image and please share with your friends.

Peace

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More Camas Forest

Just wanted to share some more images from my memorable walk through a Camas Pasture earlier this week. In case you missed my post from yesterday, you can check it out here – Cornucopia of Camas.

Included in this post are just a couple more images from that session at Bush Pasture Park in Salem, OR.

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Peace

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Cornucopia of Camas

So, I was stuck in Salem, OR again the other day and fortunately I took my camera, because if I’d have come across what I did that day in Salem, and not had my camera, I would have never forgiven myself.

I visited the Bush House in Salem a few years ago with a friend. It’s a beautiful place with not only an awesome official Rose Garden, but several other flower gardens scattered throughout the grounds. I remembered the spot and decided to re-visit. I walked around the grounds of the house seeing what flowers were blooming. Unfortunately, the roses weren’t ready yet, but many, many other flowers were making their presence known. You’ll get to see some of these flowers in upcoming posts. I couldn’t wait to show you the lovely Camas Flower.

What I didn’t do a few years back was explore the park more where the Bush House is located. What a huge park! It includes the athletic stadium for Willamette University, and offers up several other sports fields as well. Along with a fairly huge forest, both evergreen and deciduous trees, with paths for running and walking. I never knew this park was so big.

On this particular day I came across a beautiful Oak Grove. At the base of these mighty Oak Trees was a field of purple and yellow flowers. I can only hope that I captured what I saw in it’s full beauty with these images? What a site to see! At the time I’d only read about the Camas Flower in some of my readings on the local native inhabitants. It’s native to the Pacific Northwest and use to be a main staple of food for the local folks. But then was nearly run extinct after conversion of these fields to farmland. It appears Camas Pastures pretty much littered the Willamette Valley 200 years ago? Check out this great article about it on WillametteLive.com.

Wow! I actually got to see some Camas Flowers. Millions of them too! It’s estimated that there are 2 million of these flowers in this particular field at Bush Pasture Park. One of only three known pastures left in Oregon. To be honest I didn’t know what the flower was when I came across this field. But did a little research online when I got home and found the article above.

I can only hope I captured what it was really like with these images? Please share this post with your friends and connections.

Peace

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Mount Hood from Catherine Creek

The tallest mountain peak in Oregon is Mount Hood. This Guardian of the Columbia towers over the Columbia River Gorge as if protecting, and can be seen for many miles in every direction.

I visit Catherine Creek 2 – 3 times a year. I need to visit more often, and hopefully this year I can meet my rhetorical goal of once a month? Many times over the last few year, I’ve visited only to find clouds interfering with the view of Mount Hood. This time that definitely wasn’t the case. Interestingly too, it wasn’t windy. Usually on the drive through the Columbia Gorge, we see windsurfers and kiteboarders all over the place. On Sunday, Mar 23, 2014, them and the wind were eerily missing. I found some very spectacular landscape, as presented in this post. Plus, the Wildflower season has started, with a spectacular showing of Purple Grass Widows. Come back to visit on Friday this week, to check out those great images.

For more great images of Catherine Creek, check out these previous posts – Morning at Catherine Creek and Autumn in Catherine Creek.

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Something to Crow About!

I just wanted to share these pretty cool images. I found them one morning while up at Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon. I was there to photograph the sunrise, so in addition to some cool sunrise images, I think I got lucky with these images too? What do you think? Leave a comment or like this post, please share with your friends!

Peace

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Sun Peers over the Horizon

Well, after an unusually dry winter start, then a freak snow storm, it appears a normal Winter may have settled in for the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, the gray mornings of late, may have interfered with my ability to complete my Tracking the Sunrise series. I want to remain optimistic though and hope that perhaps maybe one day between now and the end of February will present a clear morning for some beautiful sunrise images.

In the meantime, enjoy these images from the past. These were created in 2012 at various points in the year. Images of the sun just peering over the horizon, or just before it appears over the horizon. I really like how the colors play such an important part in the overall look of these images.

I hope you like too? Vote above, or like/comment below. Thanks for stopping by today.

Peace

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Oregon Coast

These two images show a good comparison between two of the many moods of the Oregon Coast. They were both taken on the same day, within 30 minutes of each other. Each showing two very different moods. In fact, the second image, with all the gray clouds, is an image taken, facing South. The first image was taken South of the second image, about 30 minutes prior. One would think there would be more blue.

Anyway, I hope you like this week’s post? Vote in the poll above, or comment below. Likes are always welcome. Next week, I think I’ll post every day, yes, even on Thanksgiving Day, some very beautiful images from photo session held earlier this week.

Peace

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Oregon Coast Beach Landscapes

The Oregon Coast is truly beautiful in it’s own right. There are spots on the coast that are more spectacular than the rest. Each part offering different perspectives on exactly what beauty is. One such place is Oswald West State Park. South of Cannon Beach and North of the Nehalem Bay. It’s most definitely a place you’ll want to stop to check out on your own drive up the coast. Here are just a few images that I was able to capture while on a recent visit.

Remember to join me every Tuesday I feature an artist whose work I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph. If you’d like to be a Featured Artist here contact me via email at kindmuse@gmail.com.

On Thursdays I will typically feature a photo essay of images created by other photographers that I’ve come across online somewhere and enjoyed.

These images in today’s post are available in print form on a wide variety of items, including coffee mugs, t-shirts, mousepads and various other items. View the images, and many more in my awesome 2013 Summer Flowers collection at my SmugMug Portfolio page.

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Peace

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Rings

Rings – The symbol for Eternity.

It’s an unbroken circle moving around and around for all eternity.

Wearing rings on different fingers have different meanings. Rings on the Index Finger of the dominant hand represents a desire to have power. On the non-dominant hand, a desire to surrender power.

For those with magic, rings worn on certain fingers can allude to specific powers the wearer might have.

The wearing of a ring can symbolize wholeness or completeness.

What about for those who do not wear rings?

Peace

~V

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Mesmorizing Michal (pronounced Mee How)

Vince Ferguson - Mesmerizing Michal, Digital Photograph
Vince Ferguson – Mesmerizing Michal, Digital Photograph

This image was created fairly randomly, I told my friend Michal (pronounced Mee How) to stand in front of this Sally Cohen painting hanging on my wall. He stood there, I took the picture and this is what we got. I find it very  mesmorizing.

Peace

~V

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Summertime Flowers, pt. 1

In case you haven’t noticed, I really enjoy creating digital images of various flowers along my walks around town and such. I might even be good at it also? It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted some floral images so I figure better get some out. Here are some images of flower I’ve walked by and caused me to stop and pause for a little while.

Three images here are Bachelor Buttons on either side, and a beautiful macro of a maroon Lily in the middle.

The first three images I just learned are called Bachelor Buttons. They were growing in a vacant field, slated to become townhouses in the very near future, close to where I live. I’d ride my bike by a couple times and saw the beautiful flowers  growing and made a mental note to come back and take some pictures. Well, I forgot about the field for a couple weeks, until the next time I rode my bike past. I saw the flowers again, you really can’t help but notice them, so I stopped this time cause I figured I wouldn’t ever go back. Here are some of the images I got that day. There were lot’s of different colored poppies too, you’ll get a chance to see some of those images soon. So, be on the lookout for those in the coming weeks here at the Emerald Studio Photo Blog.

I’m also including a couple images of lilies that I’ve passed by one my walks around town. There’s one macro image of a maroon lily and another of this beautiful yellow and white lily both growing in a sidewalk garden. I couldn’t help but notice these beautiful flowers and think when I passed by them they were at their peak for creating digital images. I really hope I caught the natural beauty of these flowers? Let me know what you think, leave a comment below, or rate this post above. As always, thanks for your  visit to this blog.

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Peace

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Wheel Keeps Turning

The Rose Festival has been happening annually in Portland, OR for over 100 years. It’s a two week celebration of a flower that has probably made Portland famous. Complete with the Starlight Parade to start things off and the Grand Floral Parade to wrap things up. There are a lot of other events that happen throughout the city to celebrate this beautiful flower in connection with celebrating this flower including CityFair on the Tom McCall Waterfront Park along The Willamette river. The festival runs for approximately two weeks and CityFair presents a great opportunity for any photographer to develop their city skyline photo abilities.

This year, I missed a large part of the festival due to other commitments. I wasn’t even able to get down there to take pictures until the very end. Even at that, I came across a nephew who visited Portland at the last minute. I wanted to see him, but I also wanted to get at least a few images of the festival on the Waterfront. He was kind enough to accomodate my wanting to see him and take pictures.

We got to walk along the Waterfront and the Eastbank Esplanade so we can catch up while I was out creating images. Thanks to my nephew Joe for visiting, and all my nephew’s for serving in the US Coast Guard. I really appreciate the important work that you do. And, it was totally great to see you and catch up.

I think I’m going to have two posts with images from the festival. This current one and next week’s post.  I think I got some pretty outstanding images? Including these of the Ferris Wheel in the festival. A great example of creating images of the same thing at different exposure settings.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I had creating them. Let me know which image you like best by voting in the poll under the images.

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Peace

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Backyard Birds

There are a couple Blue Jays that have decided to nest in my backyard. They seem to nest nearby pretty much every year. I don’t know exactly where their nest is, but every time my cat goes outside, or a neighbors cat, or even raccoons, come around, the Jays are rustled from their nest, calling out to protect what’s theirs. At first, it can be pretty sweet pretty, but this particular call is the same, monotonous tone, and their call is fairly constant. So after about 5 minutes, or longer, it can start riding on the ears a little bit.

Last year, I had a couple Robins, built a nest, in the trees right outside my backdoor, but they never went further in regards to living in the nest. I think they ended a little two close to the Jays, and got an early eviction from their new home?

Finally, in today’s post we have a couple images of a Gilded Flicker. All of these birds in today’s post were difficult to photograph, but the Flicker in particular is a very skittish bird. They just don’t stick around long enough when humans are around. I don’t blame them either.

The Flicker is a cool bird in my opinion, except when they decide to peck the metal grate at the top of my chimney. Talk about loud? OMG! The first time I heard it, I didn’t know what it was, and the view point from my backyard to the chimney doesn’t make it easy to spot what might be up there making the noise. One day I walked out of my place to my car, and heard the familiar sound. I looked up and saw a Flicker pounding on the chimney top at the apartments from across the street. I was amazed. If anyone knows why they do this, please leave a comment?

Back to the Robins. This past Winter in North Portland, there was a small die off of Robins, folks didn’t know what had happened. Some tests where done on the dead birds and we discovered they had died from Alcohol Poisoning. Since the ground had frozen, they couldn’t find any worms to eat. So they turned to Holly Berries, that ended up a little more fermented then normal. How fascinating.

And Blue Jays. What can I say about Blue Jays? The bully of the bird world, they come into an area and bully their way about. I remember one morning while camping a long way back. I’m sleeping outside in the bag next to a picnic table. Early that morning, just as it was getting light, a Blue Jay comes up onto the table and starts squawking away. Waking me up from a very nice sleep. I haven’t been a very big fan of Blue Jays every since. They are indeed beautiful birds however.

I hope you enjoy this week’s post. Be sure to visit back next Saturday and every Saturday, for great images from my attempts at Documenting the Portland area, and beyond.

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Peace

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Bonus Post – Great Comparisons with Waterfalls

On Saturday, June 1st, I was able to visit Silver Falls State Park again. This time for Late Afternoon/Evening pics. OMG! What a difference in lighting between morning and evening!

If you follow this blog, you know that on Monday, May 20th I found myself at Silver Falls State Park at 6:30 in the morning. I spent 6 hours there that day hiking the entire 8 mile loop trail, visiting all 10 beautiful waterfalls. On June 1st, just 10 days later, I returned to hike only 4 1/2 mile starting at the Winter Falls Trailhead.

I hadn’t realized that between May 20th & June 1st, it rained at Silver Falls State Park nearly 3 inches; the Portland Metro area received over 4 inches of rain during this period. As a side note, while this amount of rainfall is normal for this time of year, this particular year, over just this 10 day period, we doubled the average amount of rainfall for the month of May.

AND.

It was the most amount of rain the area had received in the previous 3 months. Normally the wettest time of year for this region, this year, we’re experiencing somewhat of a dry spell.

Here’s a comparison shot of Middle North Falls on the North Fork of Silver Creek in Silver Falls State Park between May 20 and June 1. I’m very surprised at how closely similar the composition is for these two images in this comparison. I didn’t even do this on purpose. What a difference in the amount of runoff! And this was only 3″ of rain over a 10 day period. I’ve seen it rain loads more here in Oregon.

I feel so fortunate being able to visit spots like this. More great images to come, if there’s demand for it!  I hope you enjoy this Bonus Post! Regular posts can be expected on Saturday’s mornings at this web address.

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Peace

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More Spring Flowers

Here are some more flowers from this year’s Spring season!

One of my favorite ways to pass the time here in Portland is to walk around different areas of Portland, creating images of whatever I come across. What I end up with is mostly flowers, but that’s okay. I like the floral variety out in the natural world.

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Peace

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Another Sneak Peek – Silver Falls, OR

Here’s another teaser image serving as a sneak preview to this coming Saturday’s blog post. More pics to come. Silver Falls State Park is about 70 miles Southeast of Portland, OR and features 10 amazing waterfalls in a little over 8 mile hike. The height range of all the waterfalls is 27′ – almost 200 feet. The trail even takes you behind 4 of the waterfalls. I hiked the whole trail, it took me about 6 hours.

What a beautiful morning that was. Fun too! This sneak peek hits a little closer to home than the one from Monday. That image featured some farmland just to the West of Silver Falls State Park. The image here features an actual waterfall from inside the park. More specifically, it’s the Upper North Falls, one of the first (highest in elevation) in the canyon running along the North Fork of Silver Creek. It’s a beautiful fall coming in at 65 ft.

More to come on Saturday – Be sure to come back and refer your friends.

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Peace

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Opal Creek Wilderness

The Opal Creek Wilderness is only about an hour’s ride heading East out of Salem, OR. This is a nice size wilderness area lying within the Willamette National Forest, just North of Detroit Lake. This area used to be a little mining village & features the remnants of a mill from when logging was being planned for the area. They started logging, set up buildings and other structures before determining that it isn’t economically feasible to log the area. After a 20 year long struggle to protect the area this largest uncut watershed in Oregon finally became protected area in 1996 when then Senator Mark Hatfield introduced, and achieved success in passage of, federal protection of the Opal Creek area.

Now a days, due to it’s convenient location, it’s a heavily used area for recreation and outdoor activities. In fact, that was one of my complaints about the day was the number of folks we saw while visiting. I like to get out to areas where I can see no one, or very few other visitors. Also, thanks to our dry season, the forested area around the road we traveled was real dusty from heavy vehicle traffic. Still, one can reserve cabins or find plenty of places to camp while visiting. Eight trails bring 50 waterfalls to you by traveling over 36 miles of outdoor fun to a day out in the wilderness.

Here are some images from my trek last Sunday. It was a great day and I’m totally looking to visiting and taking more images again soon.

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Peace, and have a great weekend.

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Second Chance – Taking Flight

Well, I almost didn’t have a post for today. Although I’m trying to stick to my posting once a week, every Saturday. I awoke on this Saturday with no post ready, just a busy week. But while fulfilling my regular volunteer shift at the Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, OR, my co-worker – Jenny Watson, just started reviewing my Osprey image of last week. If you may remember last week I visited an osprey’s nest on the side of the highway in North-Western Oregon, I post 5 images from this session on my blog last week. While Jenny and I were thumbing through all the Osprey images from that session, we started making tweaks to some of the images. Before we know, I had a post for today! Yeah! So, this post is dedicated to Jenny! Thanks for making my Saturdays at the gallery more fun!.

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Peace, and have a great weekend.

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Taking Flight

This week I decided to give myself a little bit of time and take my time on my way to a job in Salem, OR. I work a lot in Salem, and living in Portland, I get tired of taking the same I-5 south every time I have to head down that way. So, occasionally, I like to mix it up a little bit.

On this particular day in the last week of April 2013, I decided to take the OR Highway 99w Southwest out of Portland, toward McMinnville. Just shy of McMinnville is a little town called Dayton. You can catch Highway 221 South out of Dayton and head to Salem in about 20 minutes. Just after leaving Dayton, OR, I saw a huge nest sitting on a telephone pole with an Osprey standing guard. That was pretty exciting! I didn’t have time right then to stop, so I took a survey of the landmarks and marked the next mile post, mental note created.

That afternoon, after completing my job for the day I left Salem and head back home. I take the same exact route, my mental note told me what mile post I was looking for. I parked the truck along the road a little distance away from the nest. I didn’t want to spook her sitting there. I was close enough to see that she was there. I got out and start creating images. I slowly walk closer and closer to the nest, creating images every couple steps. Finally, though not intentional, I get close enough to spook her, she takes off. She doesn’t fly off very far. I was still able to continue getting some good images.

I heard her cawing, but then realize, what a minute, I’m looking right at her through my camera, but I don’t see her beak moving? It was at about the same time that a giant shadow passes over me. I look away from my camera, and up. There’s another huge Osprey flying around, checking me out. It didn’t take long before this new bird probably assesses that I’m not a threat and flies off. So my focus went back to the female still sitting on the pole.

I walk closer until I spook her again, she takes flight and I get some images of her flying over and around me. It was about 20 minutes into the session that decide I’ve had enough for today and head back to the car. But wait! Turns out the male was busy from a couple minutes ago when I saw him flying over me. He comes flying back to the nest with some kind of rodent in it’s claws. He sees me still hanging around and detours away to fly the safe route. He flies around the long way and then back to the nest. By then the female had made her way back too. I watch them both enjoy lunch.

I hope you like these 5 images this week. Please share with your friends and leave comments.

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Peace, and have a great weekend.

~V

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Mt. Hood Sunrises

The Daily Prompt: Dawn

This is the final post in a three part series I’m now officially calling the 2012 Sunrise from Rocky Butte in Portland, OR series. If there’s demand I may just post some more images from this series since there are still over 60 quality images from this series of 110 images. I hope you’ve enjoy viewing these images as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Please feel free to share these posts with your friends and family.

If you haven’t been anxiously following this series of posts, you can still see the previous two posts from the main page of my blog, just scroll down. The first post focused on Abstract Sunrise images, while the second post featured images of Mt. St. Helens in Southern Washington. In case you haven’t noticed it yet, this post features images of Mt. Hood, the highest peak in Oregon, located approximately 50 miles East of Portland, OR and Rocky Butte.

Mt. Hood is considered the Strato-Volcano and while official listed as a dormant volcano, it’s largely considered to be eligible for eruption within the next 30 years, though an explosive eruption, like what happened to Mt. St. Helens in 1981, is unlikely. It’s believed that Mt. Hood erupts approximately every 300 years, and it’s thought that the last major eruptive period occurred sometime in the late 1700’s. When Lewis & Clark first explored this region in the early 1800’s they originally named the Sandy River the Quicksand River because it was still predominantly clogged with mud and debris from this late 1700 eruption. The Sandy river drains Mt. Hood to the West and flows into the mighty Columbia River just East of Portland.

Mt. Hood got it’s current name in 1792 by Lt. William Broughton of Capt. George Vancouver’s exploratory exhibition. Broughton named the mountain after British Admiral Samuel Hood. However, before Europeans and Eastern Americans began traveling in this area, the local natives called the prominent mountain Wy’East. It’s featured prominently in several native tales that include a three way love affair between Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams (also located in Southern Washington almost directly across the Columbia River from Hood River). For more about this fascinating tale and more about the original Bridge of the Goods myth, check out the story on Wikipedia.

Finally, Mt. Hood is home to 12 major glaciers or snow fields. For more information regarding this fascinating mountain be sure to check it out on Wikipedia.

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Peace

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