It’s fun sometimes to shake things up and look at them from a different perspective. I learn a lot from my play with photos. So sometimes I come out with a bit of a twist on them. Here are a few photos of some objects that I played with the photo – my favorite is the last one in this post:
Where’s My Backpack posted the challenge of benches for all of us to have some fun with. I’ve encountered a lot of benches on my travels and honestly I don’t take the time to sit on them. I’m usually running around looking at all the details around me. But here are a few of my favorites.
Sit With Me – Portland, OR
Wakheena Falls benches
Hot Springs, AR checker board benches
Everyone has those vehicles that you love for the body style, the speed or the looks. So for this week’s challenge I am choosing transportation!
I tend to like the old vehicles that you find left in the pasture where they rusted and show lots of use. It is because I wonder of the stories that go with them. So I am sharing some of my favorites and some you may not have seen before.
My all time favorite is this one from a 1954 Chevrolet 4400. You could tell by the wear and the “accessories” that it was a very long used work truck. This angle on the photo appeals to me as it seems to invite you into the door for the stories it could tell.
This second one is a favorite for the history behind it, also. An old truck found in rural Oklahoma and lived its life in the oil business.
For the third photo I chose another work truck. Found at the Har-Ber Village in Grove, Oklahoma it was part of the fleet of Jones Truck Lines.My favorite part is what I think might be the blinker on the top that is a single bulb.
Do you have any favorite photos or stories to tell about vehicles or transportation?
“My Pixy Home” will be on exhibit (and prints offered for sale) at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR from April 1-22.
Black Box Gallery
811 East Burnside St., Suite 212
Portland, Oregon 97214 USA
There will be an opening reception along with the First Friday Art Walk on the East Side on April 5 from 5-8:30pm.
If you are in the Portland area please stop by and check it out! Let me know what you think!
Here is the photo that will be on exhibit:
The challenge week is the challenger’s choice of a few items and of those I have chosen travel. As I noted in my previous challenge, I haven’t had my iPhone long so I am limited on what photos I have for sharing.
I really liked the light in this one as I was driving along I80 outside Salt Lake City. There is a windmill farm along the side of the interstate.
Outside of Rock Springs just around Green River, WY is this nifty outcropping of rock. It happened to have a bit of snow on the ground that day, too.
We got a little traveling in over the weekend. On Saturday we headed out for Jackson, Wyoming – also known as Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There we walked around town, ate at the Silver Dollar Bar, did some shopping, and drove around the Elk Refuge. We had made reservations to go snowmobiling on Sunday so we were excited to be there and get into some snow! Well, due to the little snow storm that came in early Sunday morning we weren’t able to make it to the snowmobiling adventure but we did get to see even more wildlife than the day before.
Here are some photos from our adventures! And I even have a guest photographer on this post – my Hubby!
elk herd at refuge
elk herd moving in the snow
elk in the snow
Coyote – photo by Hubby
big horn sheep on mountain – photo by Hubby
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
For the other 52 Tuesdays Challenges click here!
Where’s My Backpack has a great challenge: International Women’s Day. There are a lot of inspiring women in my world. And I am proud to be a successful woman. Mind you that success can be defined in many ways and always very personally. So here are a few photos that are my tribute to women.
For the sweetness and the softness of women. We are strong enough to cry, too.
We worked for years with tools not of this modern age.
And not to forget my own mother – we do an art show together each November. She draws and paints and I take photos!
Just getting caught up on some challenges over the last month. I really like this one: Roads from Where’s My Backpack. So here are two roads. One you have seen before – a drunk person’s road in San Juan – and the other is a lazy, slightly winding rural road.
For the challenge Zoom by Word In Your Ear I wanted to use two definitions of the word to share photos with you. So I am taking the zoom as in closer to the subject and zoom as in driven by a motor.
The first is the PTO on an old Chevrolet 4400 work truck made by Muncie. (Original post on the truck here.)
The second is from a motorcycle we saw at the 2012 Bikes, Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville, AR. The motorcycle had chrome everywhere and the intricate designs were very nice looking.
And this third photo is from a tractor show in Gentry, AR that is held each year in September – a very cool and interesting show! Click here to check out the original post from the show in 2011.
Having fell in love with the streams and waterfalls around Multnomah & Wakheena falls I continually find new photos that I haven’t shared with you in my library of photos from that area. Here are a few more for you!
(note the two streams in which one was taken in the sun – Sunny stream – and one in the shade – Shady stream)
bottom of Fairy Falls
That – as in “Look at THAT!” “Did you see THAT?” “Gotta try THAT!!” or better yet “I’ve got to have a photo of THAT!!!”
You guessed it – this week’s word is THAT!
The first photo I thought of when I chose the word today was this one from our honeymoon. We were taking a tour in Vancouver, BC and happened upon these super cute raccoons! They were cute enough to talk us out of some ice cream cone! And the mother was blind in one eye – she is the middle one and you can see her right eye is clouded. So cute!
The next is a squirrel that was hanging out at our cabin at Beavers Bend park over a Christmas/New Year holiday. They love crackers and this one wasn’t too shy. But times like this one are where I run for my camera because I love being up close with nature!
I’ll try to keep it short and sweet today, so here is the last little collage. This is from Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2012 in Fayetteville, AR. Along Dickson street there is always a motorcycle (bike) to look at during B,B & BBQ. This particular bike had a trailer of a coffin and several creepy riders. And then the man standing next to it had his own pet scorpion! Another example of “Can you believe THAT?”
Hope you enjoyed the photos today and c’mon – Share with me your THAT!!
Seeing this week’s Where’s My Backpack Travel Challenge of Bridges I immediately knew of a couple of photos that I would like to share.
The first is at Multnomah Falls in Oregon.
The second is from Portland – though I do not remember which highway that the bridge is on.
This last one is from my trip to Venice in 2007 where one of my good friends took a photo of me in front of the Bridge of Sighs. If you have read my other posts you know that Venice is one of my favorite cities in the whole world!
Nature is amazing. Some of the scenery I see along the way shows me that there is no end to the creativity of nature. So the word this Tuesday is Tree.
Being as I travel through a lot of rural areas and have been blessed to travel to the Caribbean I had a few tree photos stashed in my library.
This first photo is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Along the Princess Walk there are trees that are completely twisted!
This second photo is from Gentry, Arkansas. There is little lake there hidden in the woods where the autumn sun made the colors just gorgeous!
This tree was in a shopping center in Oregon in the fall. The colors were so strong that I had to play with the photo a bit to give it a different look. I like the effect that I chose for it.
So, now you know what is next! Show me your trees!!!
Seems simple,the word tempting.
Having an appeal.
But alas, it is such a feeling that has been shunned, preached on, and each of us made guilty in feeling. Yet, we all succumb to the temptations at times. Most of our temptations are simple things. Things that we indulge in once in a while but keep a check on. Yet what would life be without them?
Nevertheless, I love the temptations I am guilty of! Of course, as I get older they become stronger. My biggest temptation is good food and drink! Cupcakes top the general list!
My husband is quite the outdoorsman. He loves nature. So it isn’t unusual for him to get hands on when we are out and about. Here he is in Ketchikan, Alaska where the streams were so full of salmon that you could step out and pick one up!
And then our shared tempting item: Beer! Hubby collects beer bottles so we tend to stop in on the breweries wherever we are. Here is our sampler from Pike Brewery in Seattle! (or the remainder of it!)
What is tempting to you? Share with us! I can’t wait to hear your stories and see the photos. C’mon – I know you have ‘em!
Oh, how I love the islands! Nothing beats a sandy beach, the sound of the waves, some great snorkeling and a tasty pina colada or rum punch in my hand – and gotta add sharing it all with Hubby! Here are a few photos to share with you as part of the Word A Week Challenge hosted by A Word In Your Ear!
These are from St Lucia, St Martin, and St Kitts. Enjoy!
All we see are shadows, light, and color – which if I recall from biology is really a product of light. Anywho, this week the challenge from Where’s My Backpack is shadows. I kind of like this one. It’s fun to see what we can find in shadows every day and I’ve played with them a bit. My favorite one so far is of my nephew, back in 2010, fishing in Roaring River, MO. You will notice that it seems a bit upside down but isn’t that how our shadows appear to us?
I spent a week and a half just outside Missoula, Montana. I’ve already shared a few of the photos with you. This particular photo seemed just right for the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge:Funny.
As I sat at the bar of the Bayern Brewery the bar cat, who had not left his cardboard box all day, walked straight down the bar to plop himself in my lap. As you can tell by my eyes in this photo that my husband took, I found it to be quite funny and very odd.
Found this yield sign on the sidewalk – never saw one on the sidewalk telling me to yield!
Transcendent – what a fabulous word! It always makes me think of those things that are out of this normal world in their experience. Merriam Webster defines it as:
extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experience
I have been blessed to travel to Superior, MT this week and it has been snowing. We are staying at a beautiful lodge along the river. So my commute is absolutely a transcendent experience!! Here are a few photos of the commute from this morning! Enjoy and share your challenge photos by linking back to this post in your own or add your post link in the comments!
I always enjoy the challenges hosted by Where’s My Backpack. This one is for the word UP.
I dug into my photos from 2007 and a trip to Italy to see one of my best friends. She actually lives just outside of Pisa so we had to make the trip to the leaning tower. Here are just a couple of photos of the tower that seems like it shouldn’t be still standing UP.
This week the photo challenge from WordPress is Beyond.While walking thru the area around Multnomah Falls and Wakheena Falls in Oregon I found many little waterfalls hidden beyond the next corner in the path. Here is one as I approached it – you can see it just beyond all of the foliage. And the second is the waterfall as I came to face it. Enjoy!
Cee challenged us to show the best of our outdoor and nature photos for 2012 in her weekly Fun Foto Challenge. Now that is a hard one for me. I truly enjoy nature and the outdoors and have a lot of photos so choosing 3 is definitely a challenge. I had to think about what I wanted to share – my best photos or photos of those with my fondest memories or the most popular ones from this blog in 2012….
So ….. (drum roll) I am going with the fondest memories. Hopefully, you will enjoy them!
Mt. Rainier in Washington state
Hot Springs, AR
Wakheena Falls area, OR
I’ve shared some of the photos with you of our last trip to Hot Springs for the WinterTide exhibit at the Fine Arts Center. But I wanted to share a day in the life type of post with you. My husband is such a huge part of my photography – he and I travel together when we have the opportunity. Sometimes it is going to where he is working or where I am working and other times we venture off together to the unknown or known.
So the weekend of December 7 & 8 we were in Hot Springs, AR – one of our favorite places to visit. Here is a look into the 24 hours (not including sleep) of our trip!
We started out with the WinterTide exhibit attendance at the Fine Arts Center.
Then we went for an evening of dinner and entertainment at the Vienna. It is a live entertainment venue that was presenting a Christmas show that night. We were the odd couple in a room full of sorority ladies with their husbands that were one of the largest contributors to St. Jude Hospitals. Inspiring group. Our table was the odd man out group – a couple originally from Cuba, their friend, and two ladies that were friends with the owner. I also fell in love with the chandelier!
Early in the morning I snuck away while Hubby slept peacefully to get in a few shots of my favorite spring just across the street from our hotel, The Arlington. We took the rest of the day to venture out into Hot Springs and do some exploring of areas where we had not been before. We started with a quick trip up West Mountain and then heard of Garvan Gardens where they were hosting a holiday lights show.
At Garvan Gardens we found plenty of entertainment – lights, nature, music, and food!
All a very enjoyable and special 24 hours for my husband and I. We can’t wait to go back again and see what else we can find new to explore there!
Cee has another fun Foto Challenge out this week: :Lines. I went back into my files from Portland and Vancouver to find some photos of lines.
The first is of a railroad sign found at Multnomah Falls in Oregon.
This second photo was taken in Portland, Oregon outside of a shopping area. It was the chilly, wet kind of day.
The third photo was taken in Vancouver. I purposely took the photo at an angle because of the lines on the rooftop.