Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 12: Artstic, Transportation

This was last week’s challenge, but I really wanted to wait until this week to do it. We spent some time in Portland over Spring Break and did the 4T Trail. It was super fun and I knew it would be a great way to get some transportation shots. The 4T Trail involves a 4 mile Trail up the mountain/hill from Washington Park to OSHU via Council Crest Park. It was a great hike through some lovely forests.


When you reach OSHU, you go through the hospital to the Tram and ride it down. There are beautiful views from the top and on the way down.


At the base of the Tram, you hop on the Trolley (Street Car) and ride it to Downtown Portland.


We took the fourth T, the Train, both on the way to Washington Park and then on our way back to our original stop.


It was lovely day for it. No rain, sunshine on and off, crisp, Spring weather. It was a bit muddy in places, so good hiking shoes are recommended. I do highly recommend it as a Portland adventure though.

We saw so many more modes of transport along the way. Boats, jet skis, bikes (regular, tandem, quad), scooters, skateboards, roller blades, helicopters, airplanes, Segways, cars, and buses. It was a wonderful, family adventure.

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 11: Landscape, Reflection

I had an idea I wanted to try this week, I feel I was moderately successful. It was hard to get the angle I wanted on a full landscape, so I got more of a treescape. I like the effect though and will be trying this more. I love reflections and I really love reflections in a cup of coffee on a crisp Spring-like morning.


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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 10: Portrait, Environmental

This week’s portrait is of Colin, again, because I love him. The idea was to capture a portrait of someone in their natural setting – be it at work or a hobby. Colin and I teach in each of the boy’s classes at church once a month. Colin is a natural. He is really just so good at teaching the kids, at getting them involved and engaged. I love to see it. I also think it brings him joy and that brings me joy. And, of course, the boys love to have him in their classes.

colin onramp lomo

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 9: Artistic, Shadows

My default is definitely portraits. I love the idea of shadows and took quite a few photos with shadows that I loved. I think shadows translate to black and white very well, but I chose this photo because I liked the light shining into Jude’s eye and the foreground of his face being in shadow and out of focus.


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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 8: Landscape, Wide Angle/Panorama

I’m a bit behind getting this posted from last week. I don’t have a wide angle lens, but this is what I came up with. I really do live in a gorgeous place and I want to work on my landscape photography skills even though it’s not my passion.

I give you some of the amazing Cascade Mountains.


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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 7:Portrait, Faceless

This was a fun one. When I saw the challenge title and description (Tell someone’s story without showing their face.), I really did think of Colin right away. For someone who, for many years, didn’t want to have kids, Colin is an amazing Dad to our boys. He is a present, active, caring, challenging and strong Dad. I am grateful to share the joyful burden of parenting with him.

My faceless portraits of Colin.