Monday, November 26, 2012


I'm home!

I was perusing the blog posts I made while in Mexico and all of the photos look pretty bad--dark and weirdly saturated. (Especially yesterday's of Sheridan.) I can't tell if it's just this borrowed monitor or if my laptop's monitor is really off. I'm hoping that the photos didn't look too terrible to you, but if you were thinking, "What is up with these?!" please chalk it up to an uncalibrated monitor as opposed to insanity. I will calibrate my new laptop (yes, I have a new laptop!) and check them again from work, too. I may have to re-upload them with adjustments just so it won't bug me knowing they are out there being ugly.

I like to include a photo on all my posts, though, so the above photo is just a fally photo I took near my parents' house. I'm going to post it straight out of the camera without editing it. Hopefully I exposed everything correctly from the start!

Okay, this post is fairly pointless. But I'd like to know whether you felt the photos of my last several posts have been overly dark, overly bright, or strange in any way. :) Thanks for the feedback!

Sunday, November 25, 2012


[One of my parents' dogs, Sheridan, like a little fox in front of the dining room.]

We're home! Well, to my parents' home, at least. We drove all day yesterday, and with Thanksgiving traffic and stops, it ended up taking about 16 hours. :-O By the time I got settled in for bed last night, I was EXHAUSTED and slept for 9 hours straight. It's funny how sitting in a car all day is so tiring. (Waking up at 5am may have had something to do with it, too.) I only drove for like two of the hours, and my dad drove the rest.

Anyway, it's good to be back in the US with use of my phone, knowing my way around and being able to read stuff, since it's in English. Now that I'm back in the colder weather and in my hometown, I'm in more of the holiday spirit than I was before Mexico. I guess it's time to think about Christmas shopping.

Well, time to get the laundry out of the dryer and fetch some In-N-Out (a rare treat for me!). Have a nice Sunday.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I'm even more thankful!

Sorry for bombarding you with posts, but I couldn't wait to show you a photo I took today at the beach. How cute is this little octopus?! The tide was going out and my dad flipped up a rock to look for clams when a couple of these appeared. So then we had to flip over several rocks so I could catch a decent photo (they're quick, and hide well).

There were one or two under almost every rock we flipped over, and one of them squirted ink on my dad's leg! Now he can mark that off his Bucket List. It's hard to explain their size, but I guess if you were to gather one up, legs and all, the whole thing would probably be about the size of a golf ball (thanks, Mom, for that comparison). Super cute, and an awesome find since I've never seen these in the wild before! I love coming across cool animals in the wild, and the best part is getting a decent photo. :)

Have a nice evening!

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving! I haven't done one of these in awhile, but what better day to get back into them? These will all be related to my vacation this week.

1. Safe travels so far. Especially in Mexico--thank goodness my dad doesn't mind driving here.

2. The sky. We wake up to the sunrise and the sunset reflects back in the evenings. There's been a range of cloudiness, but mostly the sky is clear blue in the day.

3. Delicious food. My dad has cooked a lot and we've gone out a couple of times. There's been lots of shrimp, fish and salsa involved.

4. Warm-climate plants. I wish we could grow some of this stuff up in Oregon!

5. Hummingbirds. Duh.

6. Porches. We've spent a lot of time out here.

7. Swimming pools. I've always loved them.

There are many more, but I have to go! I think we'll be at the beach today. Have a nice holiday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wind Farm

I thought I'd share a few photos I took on the way down to San Felipe. I've always been intrigued (and sort of creeped out*) by wind farms and have wanted to take pictures at one. Maybe one day I'll find one where I can stop and spend some time, but I was happy to take some from the window as we drove this past Saturday.

This was, I'm guessing, the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm.

I made several of these black and white because the color wasn't all that interesting. And let's face it, it's cooler.

I'm editing these outside on the patio, so my screen is doing a bit of reflecting and I may have over/under exposed something. Just go with it.

They're coming for you.

Love this accidentalish shot. I can pretend I planned it to have that whooshing tree so it would show movement and energy, much like the type created by these turbines!

Now I bet I'll take more photos on our way home and wish I had waited to include some in this post. Oh well--if I must do two wind farm posts, the world will probably keep spinning.

*They're so huge! They have big blades. Wouldn't it be scary to be dropped off alone at a wind farm at night?

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Hey, I'm on vacation in San Felipe. Look at the hummingbirds they have here! I've never seen one like it. I'm pretty sure it's a Costa's Hummingbird.

He's on a little mandarin tree at the house where we're staying.

It's beautiful here, and we have the whole patio/pool to ourselves. Butterflies and hummingbirds are constantly flying overhead, so I keep taking pictures. I'll have to do a lot of deleting.

Well, it's a little chilly in the shade, so I think I'll go read in the sun.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pumpkin Farm

The photos in this post are more informative than pretty, but I thought I'd tell you about my visit to the Bauman's pumpkin farm a few weeks ago. It's become kind of a tradition for my church friends to go each October, because we try to get together monthly, and Pami really loves going to the farm for some Tillamook pumpkin ice cream. Sometimes the weather is awesome, but this time it was super rainy and we all debated about whether to go. After a bit of discussion, we decided we might as well. This is Oregon, after all--people go places in the rain. Plus, Pami was really excited about the ice cream!

But what I hadn't really considered was the mud. The parking lot at this particular farm is just dirt and some straw, so after barely making it out to our parking spot (Deborah was not so fortunate--more on that later), we had to trek back through the mud to get to the farm activities. I made a poor choice in photo backgrounds for this picture, so you can't see as well, but Pami and I have mud all over our shoes. It was also seeping into my shoes and socks. A very nice feeling!

Of course I didn't take any good photos of this because it was raining hard enough that I didn't want to take my camera out of my bag. Now I'm wishing I had documented everything better.

Fortunately they have cement and covered areas for many of the activities. Our first stop was lunch at the food area.

Then we watched the apple cider demonstration. I remembered a lot of it since we watched it last year.

Squishing apple juice out of the crushed up apples.

Spare cider jugs and mysterious "mushroom popcorn." We all theorized about this until we found some in the country store--it's just popcorn that pops into larger, vaguely mushroom-like kernels.

A nice day to be outside.

Next stop: apple tasting!

Deborah makes friends wherever she goes. That, or she already knows (and is often related to) the person. :D

A little wine tasting. I just thought the bottles looked pretty.

Giant pumpkin.

Deborah and the giant pumpkin.

I loved this light-up cherry tree (or whatever it was). I want that as my Christmas tree. ;)

This cat (I seriously spelled that with a k at first ??) was curled up on top of merchandise. Everyone was petting it and it didn't care at all. It must be the world's most laid back cat. But what if I wanted to buy one of those little toys under it?

Let's test the cat's patience. He remains unfazed. (It wasn't me!)

It was time to go, and we had been instructed to drive out of the parking lot a different way than we came in. With Pami being my coach, I got my car all the way to the edge of the road before it couldn't handle the mud anymore. My tires were spinning and spraying mud, but within seconds one of the farm staff was hooking me up to his truck so he could tow me out. This same thing had happened to Deborah when we first arrived. Meanwhile, Tony took this photo from Deborah's car since they were safely on the road (they got a good parking spot after getting stuck earlier).

Despite the rain and mud, it was a fun and memorable day. The funniest/saddest part was when we discovered Tillamook has apparently discontinued their pumpkin ice cream!! So after all that, Pami didn't get to have any at the farm. She did text us all a photo of some from Trader Joe's that she picked up on her way home. Still, what the heck, Tillamook?!

In memory. This was a photo from last year's pumpkin farm visit. Weirdly, their site still shows that they make it. Maybe the farm discontinued carrying it? That would be even crazier--what kind of pumpkin farm doesn't include pumpkin in their available ice cream flavors?

Speaking of Tillamook, I want to go to their factory sometime. I enjoy cheese. It's just a couple of hours away, yet I haven't been! Have you?

And since I'm sure you're all dying to know, my laptop is still "in the shop," and sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get it back. :P Miss you, Green Lovely!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall at Deepwood

The rest of my NM photos are on hold until I get my laptop back. I tried to copy some off to show you, but I messed up and some didn't make it over. I think I have different stashes in different places now, and it's too confusing. So let's skip ahead!

Lately it's been so fally that I've tried to take plenty of photos for work and on my personal time. This past Sunday it was 70 degrees and sunny (in November!)--a perfect day to go out and take pictures. Everyone else in Salem agreed, and I encountered many families out having portraits done. I went to Deepwood Estate and nearby Bush Park in the afternoon when the light was very nice. I had not been to Deepwood in the fall before, and wasn't really sure what to expect for a place that's known for manicured gardens full of colorful flowers. Well, it was very different. Kind of (understandably) unkempt with all of the leaves everywhere, and most of the flowers gone until next year. It was almost like a different place, and it gave me some new photo opportunities.

These photos are after I moved over to Bush Park. The left is just a photo of the street where I was parked.

Bush House

A family having their photos taken.

Thanks for looking!


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