Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

Only four more days until Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Taprock From Across the River

Taprock Restaurant is a lovely lodge type restaurant situated on the Rogue River in downtown Grants Pass, Or.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snowy Barn

This is the last week of Holiday Open Studio. We are painting with watercolor this week. This was painted from my imagination using Corel Painter.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tap Rock Restauarant Display

Tap Rock Restaurant is located downtown Grants Pass on the Rogue River where the jet boats load. It is beautiful lodge type building. This is their 2010 Christmas animated light display.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Festival of Lights

More than 300,000 light displays fill River Forks Park at the 18th annual Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights.

The festival features a mile and a half of displays — including more than 100 animated displays.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Snowy Red Barn

Original Photo

This was a study of shapes, color, tone and temperature, painted as a homework exercise.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Barn

I decided to do some more work on yesterday's painting. I thought a Christmas image would be nice with the red barn so here is the new version.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snowy Barn

Second painting for Open Studio assignment.
We are studying seeing shapes and blocking in colors as an underpainting before finishing the painting.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Open Studio has Started

This is my first try at the homework assignment

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Swans and bridge at Bridgeview Winery
Cave Junction, Oregon

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Last week Yogi decided to swallow a corn cob. It didn't suit him very well so he ended up in surgery at the vet. Here you can see his incision and sutures but that is not why I took the snapshot.

While recuperating Yogi decided to sit in Sammy's small bed. He propped his head on the window sill and just sat there. I found it such a funny pose that I ran for my camera and snapped the photo.

Another interesting point is that Yogi is extremely camera shy and usually runs when he sees it in my hand, this time he just sat there!

He is doing well and we are in the poor house!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The LIttle Red Barn

Ever wonder why barns are painted red?

Centuries ago, European farmers would seal the wood on their barns with an oil, often linseed oil -- a tawny-colored oil derived from the seed of the flax plant. They would paint their barns with a linseed-oil mixture, often consisting of additions such as milk and lime. The combination produced a long-lasting paint that dried and hardened quickly.

Now, where does the red come from?

In historically accurate terms, "barn red" is not the bright, fire-engine red that we often see today, but more of a burnt-orange red.

* Farmers added ferrous oxide, otherwise known as rust, to the oil mixture. Rust was plentiful on farms and is a poison to many fungi, including mold and moss, which were known to grown on barns. These fungi would trap moisture in the wood, increasing decay.

Regardless of how the farmer tinted his paint, having a red barn became a fashionable thing. They were a sharp contrast to the traditional white farmhouse.

As European settlers crossed over to America, they brought with them the tradition of red barns. In the mid to late 1800s, as paints began to be produced with chemical pigments, red paint was the most inexpensive to buy. Red was the color of favor until whitewash became cheaper, at which point white barns began to spring up.

Today, the color of barns can vary, often depending on how the barns are used.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Barn and Shed

The thing that drew me to photograph this scene was the primary colors of red, blue and green working together.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Old Stage Coach Stop Barn

Taken on my short ride near my home yesterday.
This was the site of a stage stop in the 1900's. Today it is a working ranch but the home is one of the Oregon Historical Sites.

This is a single shot processed in Lightroom, Nik Software HDR Efex Pro, and Photoshop.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The rain stopped today!

Finally got to get out with the new lens. I liked the reflections of the very blue sky in the creek.... along with the tree trunks.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's Raining but.....

My new lens is here and I had to try it even if it was between raindrops. I had a 70-200 f2.8 L IS lens for a long time but hardly used it. I decided I would be happier with the lighter weight 70-200 f4 L IS which I could comfortably hand hold. I sold the heavy lens and bought the lighter one. Today I was itching to try it out... so with no good subject in mind, I went out to do a few test shots. It has lovely bokeh and I am very happy with the weight and the performance so far.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November Rainbow

Yesterday there was a shower while the sun was shining. When I came out of the store there was one of the most beautiful double rainbows I have ever seen. I ran to the car and grabbed the p&s camera. Unfortunately the parking lot didn't make the best foreground for the photo so I just shot up in the sky. I figured a snapshot was better than nothing too bad the second rainbow had faded a lot before I was able to capture it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Learning to Observe Workshop

On Saturday I did an online workshop. We were given the top photo and asked to observe it and then paint it in a way we observed would be more pleasing to the viewer . This is my final results.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Last of the Fall Color

The parkway to Sportsman's Park

One exposure only, no HDR

Thursday, November 4, 2010

More from Indian Mary Park

Indian Mary's father was named "Umpqua Joe," and was an important part of the local tribes. "Umpqua Joe" came home one day with news of an impending Indian attack on the local settlement near what is now the town of Galice on the Rogue River. "Indian Mary," who had been befriended by the local settlers, and who had married a white man, rushed to warn her husband's people, thus saving an unknown number of lives.

It wasn't long after this act that her father and her husband got into a heated argument during their excessive drinking of alcohol. Her father shot her husband, and before Mr. Peters died, he returned fire and succeeded in killing "Umpqua Joe." Left with no means of support, "Indian Mary" moved to a small cottage in Grants Pass, and leased out her homestead. She took in laundry, in order to support her children, and due to a secret her mother had taught her regarding the use of peach pits in the laundering process, she was said to have the "whitest" laundry in town!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Indian Mary Park

The Reservation was created in part, in gratitude for one of the local Indians, Umpqua Joe, who in 1855 warned white settlers in the area of a pending massacre. Thanks to Joe's warning the settlers were able to thwart the Indians attacks. Joe was allowed to stay on the land and operated a ferry for local miners. When Joe died in 1886, which is a story in itself, his oldest daughter named Mary and known as Indian Mary by the locals, stayed on the property and continued to operate the ferry. Not long after Joe's death, the area under the Indian Homestead act, became a reservation, thus showing the nations gratitude and assuring that Mary would maintain control over the property. Eventually she leased the property to the local stage line and moved to Grants Pass. The property changed hands several times and was purchased by Josephine County in 1958 to be converted into what is now known as Indian Mary Park.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hell's Gate Bridge

The bridge marks the beginning of theRogue National Wild and Scenic River corridor and becomes the official Hellgate-Galice Back Country Byway. The Wild Rogue Wilderness is part of the 107 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System.

Surrounding the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, the rugged and complex canyon landscape of the Wild Rogue Wilderness provides watershed protection for the Wild portion of the river. The area is characterized by steep terrain of near vertical cliffs, razor-sharp ridges and cascading mountain creeks.

The lure of gold in the 1850's attracted a numbers of miners, hunters, stocker raisers and subsistence farmers. Conflicts between white settlers and Native Americans culminated in the 1855-56 Rogue River "Indian War." After their defeat, Native Americans were taken to reservations. For settlers, life in the Rogue Canyon was difficult and isolated. Although extensive gold mining operations took place, overall production was low. The remnants of mining, such as pipe, flumes, trestles, and stamp mills can still be found.

While the Rogue River flows through the core of the Wilderness, legislation specifically directed that it be managed under Wild and Scenic River direction. Because of this, there are some activities and development, such as motorboat use and lodges, which would normally not occur in a wilderness. The Rogue River is nationally known for its salmon and steelhead fishing and whitewater rafting opportunities, both of which require permits.

Along the river you may see deer and otters, or even black bears looking for a meal of salmon. Bears, grown accustomed to easy pickings from boaters, may prove a nuisance in numerous campsites. Birds abound, such as fish eating osprey and great blue heron and lizards hasten over the dry slopes above the water. Ticks and rattlesnakes are often encountered. The river corridor is also excellent habitat for poison oak, whose stems and shiny leaves in groups of three can be a problem throughout the year. Mosquitoes are present during a good part of the season and yellow jackets can be a nuisance during the typically hot, rainless summer days.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Guest Contributor

Ted has not only been driving me all over to take advantage of the autumn colors, he has been shooting too. It is very interesting how two folks can be at the same location and shoot different angles.

This is one that Ted shot in Indian Mary Park.

He has his own flickr page here:

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Bench

The sun glowed on the beautiful trees making the bench a welcoming place to sit and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Friday, October 29, 2010

All Sports Park Reflections

We are having a very good show of fall colors this year. This is the pond at All Sports Park .

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Vajrasattva, known as the Buddha of Primordial Purity, is dedicated to purification of negativity

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tashi Choling Mandala Garden

The Mandala Garden
Located in the secluded Colestin Valley south of Ashland, Oregon, Tashi Chöling’s traditional Tibetan temple faces south on an open hillside, much as monasteries once stood on the mountains and cliffs of Tibet.

Visitors to Tashi Chöling arrive first at the Mandala Garden, set in a meadow below the temple. The garden is a very peaceful place to meditate and pray. In the spring and summer, its flowers, shrubs and trees bloom in a resplendent display of color and form.

Entering the front gate, one walks down a pathway lined with beautifully painted prayer wheels. Prayer wheels completed in 2009 also surround three sides of the Vajrasattva statue.

The garden is also home to a 35-foot high statue of Vajrasattva, set in the center, and 20-foot high statues of White Tara and Green Tara to either side. Vajrasattva, known as the Buddha of Primordial Purity, is dedicated to purification of negativity. The Green and White Tara statues represent two aspects of Tara, the female Buddha. Green Tara is dedicated to the pacification of obstacles and White Tara is for long life.The garden also contains a beautiful Long Life Shrine dedicated to the longevity of our teacher, Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche. The shrine is filled with exquisite frescos and a large prayer wheel.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Wide open spaces along Hwy 62 seemed a lonely place to me.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Autumn Barn

Searching for red and mostly finding gold colors. I liked the way the wood was worn on this old barn.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Godfrey Glen

Godfrey Glen is located on Munson Creek where it meets Annie Creek, viewed from turnout on Highway 62, Crater Lake NP.

Godfrey Glen was named by Park Superintendent E. C. Solinsky in memory of William C. Godfrey, Chief Ranger, who in the discharge of his duties lost his life in a snow storm near the south entrance of the Park, Nov. 17, 1930.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Annie Creek Canyon

Yesterday we drove along Oregon Highway 62. On the way to Ft Klamath we found this amazing canyon. It was the hardest thing I ever tried to capture with a camera. The 2D image just could not do justice to the great 3D view. There were two little waterfalls, a creek, two caves and this colorful wall with deep gorges in it. Absolutely gorgeous and truly awesome.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Aspens along the road on Hwy 62
on the way to Ft Klamath

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Summer to Autumn

The above painting was done for a class. The exercise was to paint a fall image from a summer one.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tasting Room

Henry Estate Winery Tasting Room
It was a dark and rainy day but this is such a lovely building I couldn't resist a shot.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Misty Oaks Winery

We visited this winery in the Umpqua district for the first time this weekend. I said to the owner this is the first color I have seen in the vines. Unfortunately, it was not a good thing. They have discovered that the vines might have been grafted onto the wrong root stock. They have 3000 vines that are affected.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Henry Estate Winery Shed

HDR image processed in Photomatix 4. I know I have broken the rules of composition here but I couldn't find any part that I wanted to crop out of the image so break the rules I did.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Art Along the Rogue

The City of Grants Pass celebrates Art Along the Rogue on October 2 & 3, 2010. Our 8th annual music and street chalk art will feature nationally known chalk artists.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Vine Maple

Vine maple along the trail to Proxy Falls

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Upper Proxy Falls

Proxy Falls is an impressively tall dual-segmented waterfall 200ft tall. It could very well be the prime natural attraction of the Three Sisters Wilderness.
Upper Proxy Falls is the bonus waterfall you get when you visit Proxy Falls. It is easily reached as you continue on the Proxy Falls loop trail, past the lower falls.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Falling Leaves

Autumn Collage done in Corel Painter

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Aspens along the Road

We were a little early for fall color but we did see some aspens that were beginning to turn.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls is a spectacular plunge along Tumalo Creek, just a short distance outside the city of Bend. Although this waterfall is easy to get to, and hence is a popular destination, it is still a compelling and undeniably exhilarating waterfall. There is a great viewpoint from the parking area which is easy to reach. A short hike up the trail will bring you to a superb overlook at the top of the waterfall.

One person measured the waterfall with a laser rangefinder and clinometer, and found it to be 131 ft. high. Every other publication lists the waterfall as being 97 ft. high.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park is a state park located in central Oregon's high desert near the towns of Redmond and Terrebonne. Its sheer cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing of all difficulty levels. Smith Rock is generally considered the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, and is host to cutting-edge climbing routes.

In addition to the world-famous rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is host to many miles of hiking trails, the meandering Crooked River and views of the volcanic peaks of Oregon's Cascade Range. Much of the 1994 film adaptation of the 1976 book Even Cowgirls Get The Blues was filmed within view of Smith Rock. Partial filming for the 1997 feature The Postman took place on location, while it additionally appeared in Swordfish in following years. Several westerns have been filmed here, including the John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn film Rooster Cogburn. The Rockhard building at the park entrance was built as a movie set for this film, portrayed as "Kates Saloon".