Archive for November 8th, 2013

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Nov
13

History & Images: Portland’s Union Station……

“Union Station is a train station near the west shore of the Willamette River in the Old Town Chinatown section of Portland, Oregon, United States.
The initial design for the station was created in 1882 by McKim, Mead, and White. Had the original plan been built, the station would have been the largest train station in the world.”

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“A smaller plan was introduced by architects Van Brunt & Howe, and accepted in 1885. Construction of the station began in 1890. It was built by Northern Pacific Terminal Company at a cost of $300,000, and opened on February 14, 1896. The signature piece of the structure is the 150 ft. tall Romanesque clock tower. The “Go By Train” neon sign was added to it after World War II.
The station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.” (Wiki)

Today, I was at Union Station picking up my wife, arriving back from Seattle. I took the camera in to take a few images. I usually don’t take random, everyday shots, but decided what the heck.

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08
Nov
13

Writing & Photography: A Mental Block…..

Is it lunar, seasonal, hormonal, low light? I feel as if my mojo packed a bag and took off to a sunnier locale. The drab grey sets in, the rain commences and some chemical seepage occurs in my brain. Doldrums, writer’s block of a sort. Nothing inspires. I try but, for now, the inspiration lags behind.

I had some ideas but they petered out………

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I thought about writing some soft, furry little pet piece about Penny the Cat intruding on my research about fly fishing………

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I thought about researching how moon faces evolved in art and cultures, but I got bogged down in Galileo, telescopes and Germanic history…………..

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I thought about standing naked before you, statistically speaking, and wondering if blogging is really worth the effort given how so few people really wander by and why the damn drop in numbers….geeze I have stat’s envy!!!!

But nothing really resonated. Work really intrudes on creativity doesn’t it? I need to grab the camera and the rods and head out and explore. I am sure my employer would understand my explanations about mental blocks and creativity?

Day Dreamin…….

Day Dreamin’ The Winter Away? The Doldrums must be conquered!!!




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