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And so our wet spell has apparently taken the beginnings of a positive turn.  Rain turns to flame.

Posted May 17, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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This is the Clackamas River Valley near Portland, Oregon, on the way to the barn where my horses live.  The day turned unexpectedly gorgeous around 3:00, and I took a ride on my BMW out there, then a ride on my horse, then a ride back.  It was on the way back, towards sunset, that I found myself repeatedly stopping along the shoulder, drawn toward Mt Hood’s alpenglow.  I learned today how it’s possible to stabilize a camera more effectively against a motorcycle helmet, while (sorta) getting an adequate view through the viewfinder.  These sheep are actually grazing an acre or so of pasture that is nearly surrounded by hundreds of acres growing Christmas Trees, which are just out of view.  And as usual along the Clackamas, at least when the weather allows, Oregon’s iconic mountain dominates the scene.  Hood is draped in the heavy snows that have fallen throughout our cool, wet spring.

Posted May 17, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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I hate to cheat on a photo blog, but it was a rainy day, and I spent the time getting themed calendars together.  Was going through my people shots from recent trips, and came across some that stirred great memories.  I even laughed out loud a couple times, especially at the kids from Flores who would have mugged all day if I’d a let them.

Posted May 15, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Flowers in the Mt Tabor neighborhood of Portland, as Spring finally gets going, amid warmer temperatures.  These past couple days I’ve been hanging around town, making myself visible for once (as opposed to constantly escaping to the mountains – what am I thinking).  I’ve noticed many pretty girls around town as well, go figure.

Posted May 14, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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The rhodedendrons are in bloom around Portland right now.  We had a cold rainstorm move through today, but I actually can feel Spring in the air nonetheless.  I think it might be the flowers blooming and birds nesting; they can’t wait anymore whatever the weather.  And I feel strongly that the weather is about to make a real turn toward summer – finally.

Posted May 12, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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My dog, Charl, the intrepid shihtsu.  He had just finished getting his hair cut.  I took a few photos with a lens I haven’t used in quite some time – the Canon 135 mm f/2.0L.  It’s an excellent lens.  I forgot how nice the bokeh is.  Bokeh refers to the blurred, out of focus portion of the image, normally found in the background of the subject.  At the wide-open aperture of f/2, which this image was shot at, even Charl’s body is very blurry, forcing attention to his face (as if those big eyes weren’t attention grabbing enough).  The word “bokeh” comes from the Japanese “boke”, meaning a haze (even applying to a mental haze).  This last meaning I can relate to.  I think the next time I miss an appointment, I’ll tell them I’m in a “boke” today.  They’ll be so busy trying to figure it out, they might forget about the whole thing. 

Posted May 12, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Okay, just one more.  This big stallion was penned by himself at the Burns adoption corrals.  And for good reason I imagine.  Quite the horse.  And quite the handful for anyone who wanted to adopt him.  The reason I thought of this is I just saw Secretariat and boy what a horse he was.  I remember the whole country was pulling for him to win the Triple Crown, and he blew everyone away.  The movie was good enough.  I think Malkovic seemed bored.  The footage of the races, those powerful animals blowing out of the gate, and Big Red refusing to be beaten. 

Posted May 10, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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One more photo from the recent Malheur trip.  This is a buckaroo working the dogies in southern Harney County near Fields, just north of the Nevada border.  I like his facial hair.  He was near the road with another buckaroo and a small herd of cattle.  By the way, in this part of the country at least, you should never ever call them cowboys.  Buckaroo is the proper term.

Posted May 10, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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These flowers were blooming right next to where I parked for the Hamilton Mtn. hike yesterday (Sunday).  That meant I had to wait for the breezes from passing trucks, plus miscellaneous breezes, to stop before I could get anything near sharp.  I like the droplets of water.  I think bringing a bottle and spraying water on flowers doesn’t give you the variety of water drops that you get with natural rain.  And we seem to not be in short supply of rain these days.

Posted May 9, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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Went hiking up the Columbia River Gorge, to a place I’ve been many times (but not recently), Hamilton Mtn.  It’s on the Washington side, near Beacon Rock, which is where you park.  It’s about an 8 mile hike from Hwy 14, but you gain some serious altitude.  It was cool and showery, and I was into motoring, so very few photos.  In fact, most of the photos I took were at the trailhead and even down by Hwy 14 near my van.  This log surprised me because it’s only moss, no small saplings growing from it.  So I suppose you could call it a nurse log wannabe, or a nurse log in waiting.  Whatever, the moisture in the air and lighting made the green just jump out.  Had to use a tripod though.

Posted May 9, 2011 by MJF Images in Uncategorized

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