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It's been a busy season but I have still managed to use my camera. Here are some of my favorites.

Updated Thursday, August 27 2015 @ 01:29 PM CDT


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    Summertime - and I ran out of time!

    So as usual, I'm running slow, but I think this will have been worth your while. Instead of monthly photo folders, I decided to put a summer collection together. Much easier with all of the craziness running through life. Not to mention we're having one of the hottest and driest summers ever here in the usually moderate Pacific Northwest. Right now there is nothing so invigorating around here than a rain shower and temperatures back in the 70's and 80's.Temperatures up into the 90's and even triple digits are far more than this girl can stand. I moved away frm the hot humid summers of my youth to be here in Oregon. Anyway, we've celebrated Independence Day, gone to Sisters, OR for their wonderful outdoor quilt show, driven up into Washington for a train ride in vintage cars and another time to a waterfall we'd never visited before. Oh, and also found a wonderful waterfall at a place in the Columbia River Gorge called Starvation Creek. I have it on the authority of Wikipedia (OK, we know that is sometimes flawed authority) that the name came about when a copouple of trains were stuck there for a couple of weeks back in the 1880's. No one starved, but I imagine they got a bit hungry before they could continue on their merry way. I'm playing with toys too - building legos and photographing all sorts of small things. I just have to squeeze all this in between the more mundane things like cooking, cleaning and paying the bills. That's all for now - I think I'll go see if I can find a lonely little rain cloud. Wish mw luck and enjoy the new photos.

    Keep Smiling,

    Mary ·
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    Pirates! and other things!

    I know, I know - the last time I wrote I said that Mary's Pixels was moving to Wordpress and I wouldn't post again until that was accomplished. Obviousd;y I haven't moved yet and I am not on Wordpress yet, so I decided to go ahead and post. May is one of my busiest months because my community choir is performing on top of all the other things that fill my life. That said, I was delighted to have the opportunity to photograph Pirates!, a modern children's retelling of Pirates of Penzance. The talented kids in Elevation Youth Ensemble under the direction of Angela Hughey are enthusiastic performers of many ages. If you have the time, check out the album and you'll see what I mean.

    I'll be posting my April album soon so you can see that I really am still working on my resolution to get out more often with my camera in hand.

    Keep Smiling!

    Mary ·
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    Moving Day is Coming

    Sorry for the long silence, folks, but I'm about to move over to Word press and, since my husband assures me that I'll have to start again from scratch, I thought I wouldn't post anything until the move is complete. However, all good projects run longer than planned so I am posting this note to let you know I haven't vanished from the face of the earth.

    Keep smiling,
    Mary ·
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    Have I broken my 2015 Resolution?

    How did February go for you? I know a lot of folks have had snowy and very cold winters, but this year it seems as though winter bypassed Portland. Our spring is about a month ahead of schedule and way too dry. While I do appreciate the sunshine and mild temperatures. we are going to pay for this winter with a buggy spring and summer as well as a very bad fire season. So you would think I would have had an easy time extending my January trend of quilt shows and drives to the coast. And you would be wrong. February was a month of staying close to home with lots of activities that filled our time. But I think I can still say that I'm keeping my resolution to get out more with my camera. Local road trips so I could get pictures of bridges and signs, walks in the neighborhood, the discovery of a metal giraffe and more kept me snapping away. Then there are the indoor shots of science experiments and toys and other things. What have you done with your month? And how is March going? (I have managed one out-of-town day driving up to Hood River and back again. Thet drive takes me through the Columbia River Gorge, a place I have never tired of even after 23 years of exploration. (Lots more to find too!)

    On the whole I'm thinking that my resolution is intact, but that I need to get our of town more often. I also need to keep using my imagination on the fun indoor shots. I had a cat calling 911 to report a missing planet today ... honest! Can't wait to learn the next part of THAT story.

    Keep smiling,

    Mary ·
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    Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show & other things

    Mark and I drove down to the Oregon Garden for the annual Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show last weekend. This is one of the few shows we attend every year and the variety of the quilts displayed there make the trip worthwhile. (Mark dreams of the day I will make him a Lone Star quilt.) If you've never been, I also recommend the Oregon Garden itself, although I would wait another couple of months to enjoy spring blooming.The Garden is worth the price of admission.

    Actually January has been a very good month for my new year's resolution to get out more often with my camera. We've been to the coast twice and I've been playing hooky from chores to do some street shooting. With any luck I'lll be able to keep this particular resolution. I think it would be a first. Like most folks I tend to give up my resolutions by Valentine's Day. Hope you're doing better than my record. Check out my 2015 album to see if I manage to keep this year's effort. :D
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    The Goose in the Shoe

    There are always lots of opportunities to use a camera during the holiday season - parties, caroling, lights and more. One of my favorite occasions this year was taking pictures of the members of the Elevation Youth Ensemble in their production of The Goose in the Shoe written and directed by my friend Angela. She is incredibly creative in developing musicals for children and directing the children so that there is real magic on the stage. This was a great way to celebrate the season!

    Mary ·
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    Regaining Myself

    This has been a challenging year in many ways but especially because of the falls I took that led to a lot of fear on my part. Would I dislocate my shoulder again? Am I getting too old to go off by myself on photo trips? The sort of thing that can eat away at your Do I have to stop being the me that I have enjoyed developing? You can laugh, but the timing of these accidents with my 65th birthday year did shake me up. I stayed closer to home, didn't roam as much on my own - things like that. Last week's ice brought the whole thing to a head. I was afraid to go out of the house and my husband had to convince me to go out in the evening to a meeting that I help run. I didn't like the way I acted, There's caution and there's paranoia. Yesterday I decided to do something about it - my husband had shown me a photo someone took up at Multnomah Falls with all the ice that still transformed the waterfall into a winter wonderland. He remarked that it was too bad that we hadn't gotten to go up there over the weekend. I was bummed that I had missed the sight. But then I decided to take the chance and drive out there - by myself. No friend or husband to babysit, The winds in the Gorge were still plenty strong though nowhere near what they had been. But I kept on and reached the parking lot. And got out of the car and took a few shots. Then looked at the snow and ice near the sidewalk and debated whether I should try without a helping hand. And I did and I walked right up to the waterfall and got soem gorgeous pictures. And, perhaps, even more importantly, I regained some of my confidence. Hooray! Am I 100% yet? No way, but I'm on the road. .

    I'm posting up the pictures so you can see what I saw. It was great!

    Mary ·
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    To the coast: Tillamook to Cannon Beach

    Mark and I took the opportunity to get away last Friday and drove to the coast. For this trip we decided to start at Tillamook, home of the famous cheese and wonderful ice cream so we drove through the patches of fog across the coast range to the land of ice cream. (And yes, even though it wasn't lunch time we stopped for some - Mark got Rocky Road & I got a hot fudge sundae with strawberry ice cream. YUM! (Good thing we had some beach walking ahead of us!) There were lots of men out in boats fishing as well as the occasional angler on the shore. I think salmon may be running, but don't quote me on that. I know nothing about fishing except to bait a hook with a worm and toss it into the water and hope. (Last time I fished was when I was ten.) After stopping to catch a few shots there we meandered northward along 101 through Garibaldi and Rockaway. We stopped and beach walked in Rockaway - Mark has fond childhood memories of spending a part of his summer vacations in a cabin there. If you're following map we continued on up thyrough Wheeler (great antique shop there!) and on up to Cannon Beach where we finally had lunch. And then we walked that beach. Cannon Beach is home to Haystack Rock, always a wonderful subject for those of us addicted to cameras. It's well-named - a huge piece of volcanic rock at the endge of the ocean - there are many like it along the Oregon coast, but if you say the name most folks will know you're talking about the one at Cannon Beach. For an Oregon Beach it was also very crowded, (Anyone from other parts of the world will laugh at our idea of a crowded beach.)

    Our last stop for the day was in Ecola State Park - twenty-three years ago on October we completed our cross-country trip from the Atlantic Ocean at Portland, Maine to Portlend, Oregon. It took us another week to get to the Pacific Ocean as we had to deal with the little details of settling in and finding work. Nothing that important. So Happy Anniversary to us as residents of Oregon. Mark grew up here, but I am definitely a transplant.

    You can find a few pictures from this trip on my Oregon Coast album.

    Keep smiling, Mary ·
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    How to have a complicated year....

    2014 has turned out to be one of those very complicated and interesting years that make it hard to squeeze in blogging. Here's a quick synopsis:

    1) Bathroom leak leads to new bathroom
    2) Son falls in love with lovely young lady, gets engaged and married all within four months
    3) Trip and fall and dislocate shoulder for the third time in recent years
    4) Recover from shoulder & then slip and fall and fracture fibula (Small leg bone) Also mess up the knee and ankle.
    5) Son and daughter-in-law take us up on invitation to live with us while getting rid of student debt etc. and we are on to another remodeling job to fix up the space.

    Sounds grim, but actually it hasn't been - I've enjoyed a lot of the year - my new daughter-in-law is a wonderful girl and we share some interests besides my son. They had the most relaxed wedding reception I have ever seen - just enough touches of tradition but without receiving lines and all that stuff.. Lots of people stepped up to help too which made my life as organizer much easier. And we are looking forward to have more people living in the house again. Being an empty-nester is great, but it's hard to cook for two. With the shoulder, I knew what to expect and it healed faster this time. The leg - well - it was a rainy day at the camp where I work each summer and I had just gotten some great pictures at archery before I stepped on a slippery spot and fell. I managed to wlk around on it for four days bef it swelled up so it wasn't as serious as it could have been, And this was something that could have happened to anyone. During my recovery I also picked up the fun of creating a storyline with legos and other toys and expanding my photoshop skills. Not so bad!

    So now it's fall and I'm out and about taking pictures during my favorite season of the year. I love those colors and the rainy days and I'll start updating the photo albums too - summer pictures as well as the new ones. Thanks for your patience if you've been chacking in and I will post more often now.

    Mary ·
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    A Very Busy Year . . .

    I cannot believe how long it's been since I've posted here - but I do have a lot of legitimate reasons. Honest. Back in March, my son and his girlfriend announced that they were getting married - at the end of April!!! That certainly changed the direction of our lives. And with the help of a lot of good people the wedding came off smoothly and the reception was one of the most relaxed I've ever attended. We had a cake made by a friend from church which was so good another friend tried to hire her for his upcoming wedding, And this same friend went to all of her neighbors to ask if she could cut their lilacs to decorate the hall. The hall smelled heavenly. Other friends donated their gifts of music. Still more took care of the food and punch so I could enjoy being the mom of the groom. We are told it takes a village to raise a child. That same village can come together to help that child get married. It was a wonderful day. Oh yes, we had friends who took care of the official photos so I could just take pictures without worrying if I was missing some important moment when I visited with friends and relatives.

    That took care of April - May began with a trip and a fall and a dislocated shoulder. Ouch. This is the third time I've managed to do this and it's getting very old - time to take the pledge to be more kind to my shoulder. But I still managed to find ways to take pictures using my cell phone when I couldn't handle much of any weight and then I got to move up my list of cameras until I reached the magic moment when I went out yesterday with my big camera and no nursemaid and got some fun bird shots. Yea!

    So what's next? Lots of photo opps as I do my summer job at a day camp and talk my husband into as many road trips as I can. Birthdays, holidays and festivals....and no more dislocating shoulders!!!!!

    Keep smiling,

    Mary ·
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