Friday, April 22, 2016

Wahclella Falls Hike

On Tuesday I went for a hike out to Wahclella Falls out by Bonneville Dam. I've been out here once before last September and thought it'd be nice to get out of the 90° Portland weather and up into the Columbia River Gorge. I headed up after work, parked, out out my NW Pass, grabbed my gear and headed down the trail. 

Once I arrived at the falls, I realized I left my freshly cleaned circular polarizer on my desk at home. I was pretty bummed about it, especially since this was the first time I'd been to the falls with my 11-16mm Tokina (last time I just had my kit lens and it has no circular polarizer). But I didn't that hold me back. I just used what I had: my camera, tripod, Tokina 11-16mm, and Canon 70-210mm. 

I was a little bit of a mountain goat, climbing up the opposite side of the canyon wall to get a wide shot; a bit of an otter, balancing on rocks and logs capturing long exposures of the water tumbling over the rocks; a bit of a Oregonian, standing in the unrelenting mist at the base of the falls with the frothy water lapping at my tripod. 

I'll be back and next time I'll remember everything that I want to play around with. 😊

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rowena Crest Hike

First off ... WOW!

Secondly, I love my husband.


Last week I was seeing all the photos photographers were posting of the wildflowers at Rowena Crest, especially ones at sunrise like thisthis, and this

John and I are very busy on weekends and our schedule opened up for Sunday and so I told him that I wanted to go out to Rowena Crest and take photos of the wildflowers and showed him the photos that inspired me. He said yes. I was just thinking, morning light, sometime before noon. That would even be pushing it, since he works swing (3:30 pm till midnight or later) and his sleep schedule is way different than mine (I work 7:00/7:30 am till 3:30/4:00 pm).

Sunday morning came around and I was awake at 3:45 am, he was asleep. I think I dozed, and then John woke himself up at 5:00 am and asked if I was awake and if I wanted to still catch sunrise .... uh, YES!

We made it out to Rowena Crest and missed sunrise, but I was still happy as a clam since it was 7:00 am once we parked and hit the trail. We headed up to Tom McCall Point and saw lots of people in the fields of wildflowers hauling their camera gear, taking photos, and taking it all in. John and I kept going up, I leading the way and stopping every once in awhile when something caught my eye.

From the look of the trail, only 2 other people had gone up the trail past the first couple mini plateaus of wildflower patches and at least one person had already come down and most of the way up we came across a young women on her way down. But before we crossed paths with her, I came across something wonderful.

A doe and her yearling. I quickly changed from my 11-16mm Tokina to my 70-210mm Canon as they walked up the hillside out of sight (John is a wonderful assistant, handing me lens and carrying my pack, and as a deer spotter). I quietly worked my way up the trail and caught some photos of them sauntering off across the wide plateau with Mt. Adams in the background.

A little bit later up the trail in a giant field of Balsam Root (the yellow wildflowers that look like sunflowers) and I was focusing on some Indian Paintbrush (bright orange/red flowers) when John is saying "11 o'clock, 11 o'clock" ... another doe and this time her twin yearlings were out in front of us and up the hill a little bit in the mass of yellow flowers. I captured some photos of them and we watched them head down to oak groves which were far from the trails so that they could chew their cud in shade for the morning and doze in the afternoon.

It was a wonderful hike, with beautiful weather, and great company.
I hope you enjoy the photos I'm sharing with you. Thanks for following along!

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Hofer Boys | Watercolor Commission

"The Hofer Boys"

12" x 16"
Commissioned Watercolor Painting

Meet the Hofer Boys, L-R: Johnnie, Robby, Willy, and Glennie
They are Scottish Terriers and West Highland Terriers. Aren't they the cutest?

This was a commissioned painting created just for the owners of their beloved boys. 

If you're interested in something just for you, please contact me!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dry Creek Falls Hike

Last Wednesday I went for a nice hike up by Cascade Locks. It's was 72 degrees out and blue skies. I parked in Cascade Locks and then headed south on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). All the way to the falls was quiet, not a soul in sight. The closer I came to the falls, the cooler the air became. Rounding the last corner came the wind from the falls; that never grows old. 

I'll be going on this hike again, there are so many to check out before then though! I did some tricky balancing techniques to capture these for you to enjoy. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Carriage Horse of St. Augustine | Digital Drawing

I have a new toy! I've had a little bit of time to experiment with it. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I'll get the hang of it. What is it? An iPad Pro 12.9" with an Apple Pencil and I've been using ProCreate (drawing app).

Here is the first drawing I've done with color. I used a photo from a trip a couple years back to St. Augustine, Florida of a carriage horse having a refreshing drink while waiting for some customers. One of the great parts of the iPad Pro is that you can split the screen. So, I can have ProCreate open and have the reference photo open right next to it, like in my screenshot below. 

After drawing and coloring in the carriage horse, I decided to add a layer and work on some line work so that I could possibly create a coloring book later down the road. 

I'm really having some fun with this. If you're interested in seeing more, please subscribe to my blog and let me know if you're interested in a coloring book. Thanks!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Graces at Garibaldi

Near Garibaldi, 10 miles northwest of Tillamook, are the Three Graces, which are three rock outcroppings in the bay leading to the ocean. There is a larger "Fourth Grace" with an arch in the middle of it. It seems like a popular place for fishermen, seagulls, and of course balancing on rocks.

If the weather is a beautiful as it was last weekend, you can miss any opportunity to stop and explore, especially when the tide is going out.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Night Photos at Rockaway Beach

While staying on the beach I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do my own steel wool photo adventure (the first one was a happy accident). So, my girl friend, Laura, was my fire spinner and we set up on the beach with the ocean behind her. If you look closely, you can see the stars shining through.

We also had some fun with the timer and capturing us on the beach with the stars, sand and surf. There was also a bright bonfire a family had on the beach, those can be the best on a slightly chilly summer night, roasting marshmallows and telling stories.

Make sure to get out and look at the stars this summer!!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rockaway Beach at Sunset

Today I returned from a girls weekend at Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast and of course I brought my camera. I went on a little walk down to the beach on Friday night to capture the sunset.

I had a lot of fun over the weekend and am super pleased with all the photos I captured of the wonderful scenery and gorgeous weather. I hope you enjoy these!