Sunday, November 23, 2014

A few shots from the last couple of weeks.

I havent really done much lately, not hurting more than usual yet, just having more fatique than usual lately. How ever I have been out a couple of times and got some pretty good shots.

first up, Mt.Hood National Forest, this is about 15 minutes from where I live at the moment.




Eagle Creek at Eagle Fern Park, Clackamas County Oregon


Swinging Bridge at Eagle Fern Park


Friday, October 10, 2014

Death with dignity and the right to die on your terms

A very controversial topic and only legal in 5 states, Having the right to control how you die when you have a chronic illness or a terminal illness is something alot of us think about, whether it is with our family and friends, or just something that is in the back of our minds.
Currently, only Oregon, Washinton, Montana, New Mexico and Vermont allow death with dignity, more states are coming around though.

anyway here is the article that prompted this post. keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.

 29 yr old cancer patient chooses to die on her terms

It's Fall.

Wow, it's already October and that brings Fall colors, Holidays, cooler weather, and for this RA Warrior, the onset of uncertainty, not knowing from one day to the next how I'm going to be feeling or what I'm going to be able  to do.
While I have all these ideas rattling around in my head, things I want to accomplish, places I want to shoot, reality is that I might or might not be able to do all of it, that right there is the hardest part for me to adjust to, even after 3 1/2 yrs of dealing with this disease.
Last Sunday My Husband Rob and I went down to a local park near where we live, not just to get out of the house for a bit, but I also wanted to check out the colors along the Sandy River, I was delighted to see colors starting to turn, and was able to get some pretty good pictures. 





Monday, September 29, 2014

Eagle Creek area

Went out yesterday hoping for some fall colors but its still to soon here in my little corner of Oregon, however my Husband and I found a little pull off area near Eagle Fern Park and followed a trail down to this creek. I am assuming this is Eagle Creek.



Friday, September 26, 2014

The Wedding

And now onto my first attempt   at wedding photography, Never done it before, and was careful to not interfere with the other photographer.







Pit 36 fire and a car show

Fall is fast approaching and that means soon there will be fall colors for all to enjoy.I am going to be out and about for fall pictures soon.

Meanwhile, I was able to get a few pictures of Estacada area during the Pit 36 fire, no actual fire pictures since they don't allow general public in, but I have what I have.

I also fired off a few shots at a friends wedding a couple of weeks ago, and went to a car show as well.

Downtown Estacada smoke from Pit 36 fire

Going  out Hwy 211 towards Colton

Smoke Plume from Colton

Smoke Plume from Mulino

smoke in Sandy.







Now for a couple of car pics.




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Thousand Nine Eleven




TWO THOUSAND ONE, NINE ELEVEN (2001-9/11)
Two thousand one, nine eleven
Three thousand plus arrive in heaven
As they pass through the gate,
Thousands more appear in wait
A bearded man with stovepipe hat
Steps forward saying, "Let's sit, let's chat"
They settle down in seats of clouds
A man named Martin shouts out proud
"I have a dream!" and once he did
The Newcomer said, "Your dream still lives.”
Groups of soldiers in blue and gray
Others in khaki, and green then say
"We're from Bull Run, Yorktown, the Maine"
The Newcomer said, "You died not in vain."
From a man on sticks one could hear
"The only thing we have to fear.
The Newcomer said, "We know the rest,
Trust us sir, we've passed that test."


"Courage doesn't hide in caves
You can't bury freedom, in a grave,"
The Newcomers had heard this voice before
A distinct Yankees twang from Hyannisport shores
A silence fell within the mist
Somehow the Newcomer knew that this
Meant time had come for her to say
What was in the hearts of the five thousand plus that day
"Back on Earth, we wrote reports,
Watched our children play in sports
Worked our gardens, sang our songs
Went to church and clipped coupons
We smiled, we laughed, we cried, we fought
Unlike you, great we're not"
The tall man in the stovepipe hat
Stood and said, "Don't talk like that!
Look at your country, look and see
You died for freedom, just like me"
Then, before them all appeared a scene
Of rubbled streets and twisted beams
Death, destruction, smoke and dust
And people working just 'cause they must
Hauling ash, lifting stones,
Knee deep in hell, but not alone
"Look! Blackman, Whiteman, Brownman, Yellowman
Side by side helping their fellow man!"
So said Martin, as he watched the scene
"Even from nightmares, can be born a dream."

Down below three firemen raised
The colors high into ashen haze
The soldiers above had seen it before
On Iwo Jima back in '45
The man on sticks studied everything closely
Then shared his perceptions on what he saw mostly
"I see pain, I see tears,
I see sorrow -- but I don't see fear."
"You left behind husbands and wives
Daughters and sons and so many lives
Are suffering now because of this wrong
But look very closely. You're not really gone.
All of those people, even those who've never met you
All of their lives, they'll never forget you
Don't you see what has happened?
Don't you see what you've done?
You've brought them together, together as one.
With that the man in the stovepipe hat said
"Take my hand," and from there he led
Three thousand plus heroes, Newcomers to heaven
On this day, two thousand one, nine eleven

Author UNKNOWN (What a shame!)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Changes and Dalias

Ok so, I've been thinking of changing the format of this blog here for a bit, of combining my Photography with Rheumatoid Auto-Immune Disease aka Rheumatoid Arthritis awareness, and finally came up with a new name for it today, Welcome to my new blog,Raw Photography.
Now, with that said, onto my post.

For the last couple of months I've been suffering through flare after flare, the Arava just isn't working, and my Rheumatologist isn't doing anything for me. I finally asked my GP for a referral to a new Rheumatologist up at Oregon Health Sciences University. I should hear something in the next few weeks, I hope. 

Yesterday I was feeling some better, I think I was more restless than anything and there was a Dahlia festival close by that was just the ticket to pick my spirits up, and it certainly did the trick, but boy am I paying for it today, I am hurting so bad I can barely walk. but I got some awesome pictures! LOL.















And finally, after a long day, a Country sunset, near Mulino, Oregon




Monday, July 7, 2014

Revisiting the Past, Part 2.

Some of these photos I've posted before and some I haven't.

True Love, a woman and her horse.



Old Oregon City/West Linn bridge


Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Woodland, Washington

Old barn, Eagle Creek, Oregon


Seagulls at barview Jetty

Clackamas River at Barton Park.

Eastern Oregon Farmland

Sorm clouds over Eastern Oregon's High Desert

Barview Jetty

Haystack Rock, Canon Beach, Oregon

Upper North Falls, Silver Falls state Park, Marion County, Oregon

Old farm in Central Oregon.

Moon at suunset

Columbia River Gorge.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport, Oregon



Upper North Falls. Silver Falls State Park
Woman & Her Horse. Jessie & Hugger