The gr8ful grind: June 2008

Let go of anger; It's an acid that eats away the delicate layers of your happiness

The reverse side has also its reverse side

Monday, June 30, 2008

A foot bridge, puffy clouds and a roller coaster are reflected in a pond at an amusement park. Click on the thumbnail for more detail. Lake George, New York. August, 2007.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Shave Yo' Legs. Keb' Mo' hittin' the note. (Go ahead, be wild and free) Portland, Oregon; June, 2008.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Obviously, I didn't take this one. I can only remember one other time I posted on this page a photo someone else took of me. I attended a soirée last night, and here I am with Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. (He's not running for anything, folks) June, 2008, Madras, Oregon.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

While hiking recently I came across this delicate flower that reminded me of Queen Anne's Lace. You botanists out there might be able to identify it, but I can't. Smith Rock State Park, Oregon; June, 2008.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The cabin at night. (Click on the thumbnail) Can you hear the waves braking on the shore just past those trees? Cortes Island, BC, Canada; April, 2008.

Monday, June 23, 2008

She Caught The Kady: Keb' Mo' backs up Taj Mahal. I attended a concert last night where these two played, first Taj and then Keb'. Taj sat in with Keb' Mo' on this song. Portland, Oregon, June, 2008.

Friday, June 20, 2008

This guy was about 40 feet up when I used my telephoto lens to capture him. If you click on the thumbnail, you'll see enough detail to understand how little purchase he has on his feet and hands making this climb. Smith Rock State Park, Oregon; June 2008.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A climber gets really up there. Smith Rock State Park, Oregon; June, 2008.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On popular climbing routes, there are bolts with D-rings attached embedded into the rock. I got this shot of bolts/D-rings on an overhang by climbing farther up the hill and then using a telephoto lens. More detail by clicking on the thumbnail. You can see the white splotches created by hands covered with climbing powder. Smith Rock State Park, Oregon; June, 2008.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A woman scales a rock face at Smith Rock State Park under the watchful eye of her spotter. While you can get a sense of scale looking at it this way, much more detail can be viewed by clicking on the photo. Near Terrebonne, Oregon; June, 2008.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Crooked River winds through Smith Rock State Park. This particular park is dedicated to rock climbers who scale the walls shown here. Near Terrebonne, Oregon; June, 2008.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Night glow, Balloons Over Bend. Bend, Oregon; June, 2008.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Nighttime at the footbridge across the Deschutes River, the Old Woolen Mill District, Bend, Oregon. June, 2008.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Another one from Balloons Over Bend. Filling up the balloon. It's a little more dramatic if you click on the thumbnail. Bend, Oregon; June, 2008.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Temporary street art. Bend, Oregon; June, 2003.

Monday, June 09, 2008

A couple weeks ago my community had a balloon launch as part of an annual celebration and I posted a few photos I took during the launch. This past weekend, another community in the region had an entire weekend dedicated to balloons. One of the more spectacular activities is the Night Glow, in which balloons fill with air and then they all really put the burners on to glow light into the nylon. Here they are filling with air. Bend, Oregon; June, 2008.

Friday, June 06, 2008

So there I was driving along the highway day before yesterday and I happened to look up. Honestly, I have never seen a square hole in a cloud before, Have you? Usually I have my Canon Rebel XT camera with me, but this day I didn't. So I grabbed my iPhone and snapped this while driving down the highway at about 65 miles per hour. This wasn't the convergence of several clouds coming together, but a single, big cloud with a hole in it. I realize it's not clear and crisp, but have you ever seen a square hole in a cloud??????? Near Terrebonne, Oregon; June 2008.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

A pathway in the forest near Sahalie Falls along the McKenzie Pass in the high Cascades. October, 2003.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Fall's foliage struts its stuff in a city park. Ashland, Oregon; October, 2006.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I've posted photos of this house before, but I really love the colors, architecture, and detail. Even the VW out front lends itself to the Haight mystique. You gotta click on this one to get the full effect. Haight-Ashbury district, San Francisco, California; January, 2008.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Ok, if you click on this one you're gonna go "Whaaaaaa?" Well, it's Rose Festival time in Portland and the city just gets really happy for the 10 days or so of the festival. There are three parades, with the big one being the Rose Parade next Saturday. However, this past Saturday was the Starlight Parade, which is fun, giddy, and not very formal. Most of the entries wear some sort of lighting since it's at night and most of the floats are really just displays on flatbed trucks. Anyway, this is a pic of the Budweiser Clydesdales. I found this interesting in that the light was dim so the shutter stays open longer. As a result, almost everything in the photo is clear and still except the horses and the wagon, which continued to move through the frame while the shutter was open. Portland, Oregon; May, 2008.