Archive for January 30th, 2014


Nature: A Winter Wetland & Future Salmon Project

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A small section of wetland just South of the Columbia River off the Scenic Highway. Here it is lush green during the early Summer.

Below are three images I shot from the right toward the left this Winter…brown and somewhat lower in water levels. Game trails cross over the railroad tracks and scenic highway on the South side. 

Wetland SB1

W1 Nia

Lovely Nia was so kind to offer to take my photos and give them a different, fresh appearance.


wetland3SBOneonta-Horsetail Creek Salmon Project

Interesting piece about providing some habitat restoration in the area of the photos I took as well as to the Sandy River, 15 miles West, where they intend to redirect the channel to a pre-1934 pathway….all this designed to improve habitat for salmon/steelhead in easily overlooked back waterways adjacent to the mighty Columbia River.


History: Boom! Then, upon second to last thought………..

High Explosives SBTwo old boxes, one for dynamite, one for blasting caps. When my mind flits back to dynamite, I usually envision a long fuse burning away toward a cluster of dynamite or a plunging detonator blowing up dynamite to move earth or layers of rock during mining. 

But, for those of you, like me less learned about this old material here are a few fun facts:

Dynamite, the detonator and blasting caps were invented by one Alfred Nobel, born in Sweden in 1833. Alfred was somewhat of a boy genius or at least quite bright with little in the way of formal education. Gifted in the sciences, engineering and languages, Alfred’s parents exposed him early on to research in armament as well as travel to Russia, France and the United States. Nobel issued over 350 patents in his lifetime, was central in implementing over ninety armament factories and brought great focus on how to better build explosives. At the same time, Alfred was somewhat a ‘pacifist’. Odd evolution, but interesting nonetheless.

Toward the end of his life, Alfred Nobel created a trust into which he put the overwhelming majority of his wealth. Further he created the Nobel Prize in multiple categories of Science, Literature, Peace etc. Today we generally hear about the Peace prize but there are other important categories, all created via the benevolence and vision for man’s growth and betterment by Alfred Bernhard Nobel. He died in 1896 and was buried in Stockholm, Sweden.

The photos are of two old boxes in an old warehouse in Portland, Oregon. I took the shots because of the rustic appearances and then thought to look up more about dynamite.

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Our Father who……………….


“Listen, there is no way any true man is going to let children live around him in his home and not discipline and teach, fight and mold them until they know all he knows. His goal is to make them better than he is. Being their friend is a distant second to this.”  Victor Devlin

As I get ever older, the images fade of my Father. There were few photos taken of him. I have only the fleeting views in my memories of him camping, building something, working in the yard, taking his last breath in the hospital. 

He was and is unique to me: warrior, dependable, troubled, seeking, settling, private…an unknown quantity beyond the handful of images that flit through my ever porous mind’s eye.

Sometimes the deeds and offered words fill the canvas. Sometimes, as in my case, I wasn’t watching to notice the canvas was incomplete and the passion to complete had been sidetracked for some unknown reason. Truly who was he?


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