Posts Tagged ‘portlandia

04
Aug
13

Photography: Wily Coyote in the Backyard………

SwittersB & Fly Fishing. Well, admittedly I have not been wetting a line of late. Soon, but in the meantime I am catching and releasing, so to speak, other beautiful creatures. This morning, my wife (hmm? shrieked? or loudly exclaimed) let me know there was something unusual in our backyard. I moved toward the window to see a coyote hopping about the backyard as if playing or stalking, almost like a cat does.

I grabbed the camera. Slid out the back door, careful to not let a our dogs or cats out to complicate the moment. I saw the coyote nearby. Focused upon me but not skittish. The coyote moved, stopped, looked, moved toward the escape route. I snapped away and caught something after all.

We have had coyotes for the 16+ years we have lived here. We live on the edge of development and undeveloped farm land and wetlands. I have never been able to capture one before. Today was a good day. Heck, this week was a good week: a bat and a coyote! In Portlandia!

Wily Coyote 2

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Willy Coyote 3

Wily Coyote 6

29
May
13

Portland’s Repurposing and a Wet Butt

Oh you just know I love Portland’s repurposing efforts!!! Such benevolence! Yes, I have touched upon this before, but as I drive to work each day, I am struck by the worthy practice of dumping your stuff at the curb to best benefit your fellow man/woman. Such is the continued feel good, misdirected, self indulgent practice of putting furniture, bedding, clothing, you name it on the curbside because….well, it hasn’t a damn thing to do with taking care of your ‘community’!!!

Greeen Couch 1

Look, look…even record breaking wet shoes too!!!

Greeen Couch 2

Something so appropriately ‘green’ about this repurposing!

09
Mar
13

Portland Curb “Art”: Horse Rings

This afternoon, I was in NW Portland walking out of a hospital. I noticed the street sign (NW Northrup St.). I recalled that 75 years earlier, my Aunt and Mom had lived nearby in a boarding house. I gazed down at the old sidewalk and thought ‘I bet they walked this very sidewalk’. Then I noticed the curbside and a telltale sign of history, a horse ring. There’s no doubt in my mind that the ladies walked this very stretch of Portland sidewalk.

Horse Ring PortlandBy virtue of their name, ‘horse ring’, it’s obvious the rings were to tether horses as the riders tended to business or offered their goods in attached wagons. Of course, in true Portlandian fashion, some find their own unique way to stage these horse rings. I have seen such displays throughout the city where horse rings still exist. I like to envision the old days of produce and freight wagons pulled by horses.

23
Feb
13

Repurposed Matt & Box: Wet Generosity

Perhaps you recall, in late January, I highlighted the repurposing of furniture in my fine city (Portlandia). A few weeks back, I captured a perfect example with a mattress leaning up against a street sign near my work. It stayed out in the pouring rain for several days until one morning I saw it slumped down in a pile and later that day gone. Where did it go? Taken for actual use or deemed visual abuse and gathered up dumped? I snapped a pic, but seem to have lost it. 

Imagine my surprise, when a couple days ago I came upon a generous offering not two blocks from my work. Seriously, people in this neighborhood really like to repurpose all manner of property.

Box SBLike magic, these repurposed gems just appear at first light. I don’t think I have ever seen any repurposer (my word…you can use it) actually repurposing (yes, you can use it) in broad daylight. It must be a night time thing. So, after a torrential downpour, typical of early Spring in Portland, the matt & box was still there the next day. So, one wonders how does one take such a generosity and sleep upon it?

“The moist and damp effect triggers the development of mold and mildew. These dreaded end products give off foul odors and often intensify respiratory problems. Neglecting the wetness of your mattresses can pose as a looming threat to your every day sleep. Your bed will soon transform into a breeding ground for thousands of hazardous bacteria.”

No this is not a job for a hair dryer or fan set on high speed. There is no 90 degree days looming anytime soon in this neck of damp woods. Hmmm, I wonder if there could be a better way to deposit such items so they actual could benefit a person need?

Perhaps the generous repurposer, no doubt full of typical great intentions, ala Portlandia, could figure out how to donate such items or transport them at least to a tent city (there are several in Portland) or at least deposit them under some shelter like a freeway overpass (there is a large collection of folks down underneath the I-84/I-5 interchange (note all the tarps, shopping carts and pallets that could at least temporarily use these items until rousted out. Then the city would be disposed to recycle your offering to the appropriate landfill. I mean if you are going to dump them (oops, repurpose them) anyway, make them count!

Homeless camp

Repurposers: Please note the Red X …work your way down underneath into that vicinity beneath the overpasses and donate reasonable items to the several dozen folks that have camped out down in there. Of course, be careful. They may or may not appreciate your good intentions.

11
Jun
12

Bad Dream Photo? No….Just Portlandia

We all have them. The dream or worse that drags on through the night. We awaken and regain our sense of safety through the mental fog…’yes, I was dreaming’. Sometimes, of course, we awaken to the same bad dream. It all eventually fades, but sometimes we see things, while awake, that make us wonder…..

As I gazed over my left shoulder while driving along, I had to wonder…’is this a dream…a bad dream?’

No, it was ok. A few blocks later, I realized I was awake and in Portlandia.

01
Jun
12

“Vag Pag” Raises Awareness of ……………………

Of course, Portlandia is not the only place, but it’s Weirdness Quotient most often will have it in the top 5 in the Western Hemisphere.

There is always a cause around the next corner in Portlandia. Pick the right neighborhood and gather all the concerned together and the causes emerge in signs, T’s, booths and verbiage. Here a car is the perfect mobile marketing app. Dare I say there is a deeper intent in the event, but I would leave that to you to figure out. Nope, nothing to do with Fly Fishing but this does explain why I do crave the outdoors more than the urban mania. 

08
Jan
12

Peacock Tattoo: Design & Application

Bucky’s Finished Tattoo (SwittersB)

Jerry Ware of Atlas Tattoo (Portland, Oregon) did some nice color work for a Peacock Tattoo on, my wife, Bucky. Many peacock, bird feather tattoos have some part of the peacock herl. Bucky and Jerry Ware conspired to design the peacock feather, peacock eye and the peacock bird’s head. The following pics show the progression from design, template, beginning ink to the finished tat above. It will look better once cleaned up.

The beginning ink and design for the Peacock Tattoo (SwittersB)

The color app for the Peacock Tattoo by Jerry Ware (SwittersB)

Jerry Ware, Tattoo/Artist, Atlas Tattoo; Portland, Oregon (SwittersB)

Jerry Ware is the consummate conversationalist, ink artist and all around nice guy. The banter inside the shop, visuals and sense of comfort are enjoyable as you spend several hours practicing mind control, employing breathing techniques…all to take the edge off the needles.

Atlas Tattoo, Portland, Oregon

Of course, getting a tattoo is not for everyone, for all manner of reasons. Portlandia (Oregon in general) has a visible rep for tattoo art and it is more common place and acceptable, so the mind works through the pro’s/con’s with less social mores clutter. It should be special and thoughtfully considered. The above tattoo took several years to work through the mind. Life’s journey can rob the impetus or bestow the incentive to get a tattoo. It just has to be the right time for the first one. 




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