Archive for November 2nd, 2013


Benchmarks: Photography (30 Years Apart)

Bucky 1983The above picture was taken on a cloudy, Fall day in 1983. The building is part of an old pioneer/indian village in The Dalles (Oregon). I thought it would be interesting to go back to this area and see if the village buildings were still standing and ask the model (my wife) to again pose in the same building window. So today we headed up to The Dalles. It was a cold, blustery Fall day. We located the same building/window from 1983 and attempted to set up the shot as before. The lighting was bright, the wind ferocious and the attire different. But, the outcome was successful! Most importantly, the model, wasn’t disappointed with the results.

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Lichen…Lichen…Everywhere Lichen

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Ok, I have to admit the word ‘lichen’ came to mind when I took this photo. But, honestly, I am only guessing.


But these two sites have researchers/photographers that wouldn’t be guessing:



Photography & Pets: Blessings in Life

Like children, pets creep into our life via rescue, purchase, gifts, back porches……. Try as we might to keep them in their place within our busy lives they often assume a primary place in moments of need. Trusting, dependent, loving and intuitive to our moods, pets provide company and moments of centered clarity of something important beyond the tip of our self centered noses.

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Photography: Seattle’s Public Market

A weekend visit to Seattle’s Public Market is always crowded, great people watching and fun. There is something imaginative to find, great food and somewhere a view of Puget Sound. Pick a place to rendezvous should you get separated! Yes, a small piece of NW contrarian humor and pace.

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Photography: Repurposing Bras Or Just Had Enough?

In a remote, rocky, little draw off the Columbia River, we decided to explore to maybe find a rock formation to photograph. It was an odd spot, not really near anything, well off the road and one of nature’s divots that would not lend itself too much for mankind’s use. But, I had neglected to consider womankind’s use.

Bra Rock 2Now as some of you no doubt know, I am big on highlighting Portland’s repurposing movement. You maybe recall the couches, chairs, TV’s, furniture, clothing….the ‘free stuff’ sitting out in the rain and snow? Always near rentals, it seems a convenient way of sharing stuff that one is just too impeded to load up and take with. Perhaps my tone is not coming through clearly. Let me add a clarifying phrase I often utter when driving by such drops “What a bunch of bullshit. Lazy bastards”. 

Well who would have thought a bra, a daintily placed bra, fastened (maybe someone zipped that baby right up over those extended arms?) piece of apparel would be displayed so gracefully atop a rock where few women tread.

Bra Rock 1 swittersbNow this is one of those posts where the properly selected tags could draw more visitors. Taking all the derivatives for breasts would certainly boost the draw to SwittersB, but I just can’t let myself do that. But I digress.

So, was this a repurposing of lingerie? A forgotten piece of a scavenger hunt? Someone stumbling away in the dark, impaired and forgetting their bra or someone just saying ‘enough of that damn thing…I’m free and it feels good?’ Well it is still setting there, in the approaching Winter’s weather, free for the taking. Ah, the discoveries of photography and hiking.

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