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The Parade is Coming!

The Parade is Coming!

June 3, 2011 No Comments

For the past several blogs, I have literally gone around the world, covering Australia, England and the states of California and Washington. Today it is time to return home and talk about Portland, and we all know what is just round the corner –Rose Festival Parades, Fleet Week and so much more. Because of my […]

Two Towns a World Apart

Two Towns a World Apart

June 2, 2011 No Comments

What do these things have in common: the second largest city in Australia, a small country village in England and a stately mansion? The answer would be Melbourne. Melbourne is a small Georgian market town in South Derbyshire – about the middle of England. Queen Victoria’s first Prime Minister was William Lamb, who lived in […]

The Romance of Steam

The Romance of Steam

June 1, 2011 3 Comments

I did not quite grow up in the age of steam, but there were still a few steam engines running when I was young and loved to see them go past at the local railway crossing. The diesels that replaced them were soulless and cold. I think one of the reasons I loved them so […]

Surendorf a hit in Columbia

Surendorf a hit in Columbia

May 28, 2011 2 Comments

For the past few days, there have been no blogs because I have been busy helping Cindy Surendorf put on an exhibition and fund raiser in the old Gold mining town of Columbia California. The exhibition is of her father’s work, an artist who lived in Columbia before it was acquired by the state and […]

The Portland Japanese Garden

The Portland Japanese Garden

May 24, 2011 No Comments

I almost have to apologize that it has taken me so long to mention the Portland Japanese Garden in anything more than a passing remark. This garden is truly a work of art, a garden that fulfills all of the senses and can be a place to recharge your batteries. I have been visiting the […]

An Onion in Time

An Onion in Time

May 23, 2011 No Comments

A few years back (2008 to be exact), Walla Walla had a great exhibition of sculptures along their sidewalks. The town, best known for its sweet onions, had a display of decorated onions, much like other towns have decorated cows. This exhibition consisted of 6 onions, all in very different styles and using different techniques. […]

Tiptoe through the Tulips of Amsterdam

Tiptoe through the Tulips of Amsterdam

May 21, 2011 No Comments

It has been a while since I did a blog about a place that I have been internationally and thought it was perhaps time to include one of those. If this peaks your interest, then timing is critical as not only is the window of opportunity fairly small, but getting good hotels can be a […]

Tualatin Valley Nature Preserve

Tualatin Valley Nature Preserve

May 20, 2011 1 Comment

I have been a couple of times recently to Cooper Mountain Nature Park , so I thought today I would head down into the lowlands and the scenery that once covered most of Beaver Town. The park  has several entrances on Milikan Way or the TriMet Merlo Road station. Within the park there are many […]

Coldwater Lake and my first Bear sighting

Coldwater Lake and my first Bear sighting

May 20, 2011 1 Comment

This lake was created by the eruption of Mt St. Helens in 1980 and was the perfect spot for a picnic lunch shared with Cindy and Craig. Picnic tables are set up close to the lake. As we ate, the vibrant colors of the water beckoned us to explore and with so many trees lying […]

Panoramic Photographs of Mt St Helens

Panoramic Photographs of Mt St Helens

May 19, 2011 No Comments

I have just made my first reasonably successful panoramic photos and while not perfect I thought it was worth sharing what I have learned so far and the lessons that I can pass on. First of all, you must have a sturdy tripod that you can lock down each of the angles of rotation separately. […]

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