Photo of the Day – September 10, 2012


Photo of the Day – September 10, 2012

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Maples,” Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Lloyd Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images. © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Exciting News to our Fellow photographers and writers….

We would like to invite you to submit Feature Articles and Photos on our Blog:

How to Proceed:

You can begin by taking a look at our blog for articles we have posted and become familiar with the type of articles we have published. Please note that a place is not an idea, nor is a type of camera interesting, we are looking for compelling stories where photography is the main focus; we encourage the writer to seek a specific angle, or photographic tip(s), news related topics, adventures, or travels that make the topic/subject innovative, and interesting to a wide audience of readers. Our readers include the following genres: travel photographers, travel journalists, photo-journalists, professional and amateur photographers, writers, poets teachers, technical science professional, environmental and wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers, Rosarians, teachers, and botanists to name but a few. We are looking for an article that is fresh, relevant and exciting in the world of photography.

The Feature Article and all Photographs must be appropriate for viewers of all ages, therefore your submittable work should be considered family friendly.  We reserve the right to reject your materials if we deem they are poorly written or contain numerous  errors, and/or excessive profanity, or sexual references. Both Feature Articles and Photo/Flower of the day entries will also be submitted or linked to Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter, which will get your name out to various other social media sites, meaning more exposure for you and your business!

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  • Please Include a catchy title
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  • Insert photos
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Photo of the Day – June 26, 2012


Photo of the Day – June 26 2012

It was as if when I looked into his eyes I was standing alone on the edge of the world…on a windswept ocean beach. There was nothing but the soft roar of the waves.”
~ Anne Rice, Interview With the Vampire

“Ripples in the Sand“, Capricorn Coast, Queensland, Australia

Sunday Market May 20th, 2012

Sunday Market – May 20th, 2012

The day, Sunday, and what can I say, the weather sucked. Rain. The temperature was mild, but rain, rain, and more rain. That said, Lloyd and I bundled me up and we zipped as fast as we could around the market gathering produce, at mach speed; imagine speed shopping in a crowded store as I grabbed and held on to the produce and my camera, while, Lloyd pushed me around in Delores. It was a challenge. Finagle the produce, my camera, and occasionally hollering stop, so I could quickly re-finagle the goodies held in my lap and grab a  few quick shots, all without getting the camera extremely wet and tossing our wares on the ground. I can only imagine what we looked like. I didn’t much care at the time as we (I was) were on a die-hard mission to capture photos of the market. Surprisingly we weren’t the only ones out in the rain, as the market was hopping with people doing basically what we were doing without the camera and Delores (my chair). Some actually strolled along slowly, no particular mission in mind, and no doubt to watch people, and people like us. What can I say?  I covered up with a red blanket, stuck out like a red stain on white carpet, so the damage to me, and the camera was minimal. Lloyd received the brunt of the rain, as he failed to dress for the occasion. My only real issue despite being covered was, water tends to pool in flat areas, like my legs. And riding around in Delores, well, my lap was a rain catcher, with a camera poking its lens out for the occasional shot. I must say, in the end it was well worth the comedic act performed at the market, as I was able to capture some pretty great shots. That and the torrential rains didn’t really happen until we finished shopping. Rain damage was minimal. We actually wandered out later in the day for some more photos (a discussion for another time). What we missed out on was purchasing any new plants. We didn’t want to get the inside of the car muddy soil mixed with rain.

We refrained from all plant purchases until Memorial weekend, (I can’t believe this coming weekend will be Memorial weekend.) where has the time gone. The year is nearly half over, and I still have trouble writing 2012. Whatever is going to happen when 2013 rolls around. I guess pray for the fact that we all made it to 2013.  And by this I mean, we lived through the hoopla behind December 21, 2012. So here’s a cheer for the weekend, rain and sogginess at best. Our morning at the market.

This weeks music under the rain tarp, while I didn’t get their names they played blue grass and country. It was nice to hear music along with the rain. And in all fairness    people didn’t seem to mind too much about the rain. We do live in Portland. It does rain. I am merely glad we don’t live in Seattle, where it rains most of the season, that and the horrendous traffic. Besides, a part of Portland’s beauty is due to the face we get rain. Portland wouldn’t be nearly as beautiful or green. Portland wouldn’t be Portland.  And in mu opinion, Portland is one of the best places to live. And I have lived in a few.

For those who haven’t followed my posts, on Sundays, rain or shine, we travel to the Sunday Market at Orenco Station, a small burb of Hillsboro, about 10 miles west of downtown Portland. and a few blocks from our home. The Sunday Market specializes in local vendors selling anything from food, kettle corn, honey, vinegars, gluten-free products, pastries and fresh bread, to art, pottery, jewelry, nursery plants, and bouquets of flowers, and probably other few items I have forgotten. Over the course of the summer, products and vendors change, so you never know what the market might carry that surprises you.

For me, I love to watch the people flock to the street vendors for food. Basically, I love to people watch. Today was no different, people were out eating the non-healthy as well as the healthy fast food from the variety of food vendors. It amazes me for an area that prides itself on being (eating) healthy, one can’t help themselves when it comes to market food. From what I have heard it is all good. Might not be good for you but, you didn’t hear that from me.

My other favorite thing to do at the market aside from people watch is to sit back and actually see how beautiful the market is. How so many people will come out in support of such a fabulous market which helps our local vendors, produce and nursery farmers, florists, and artisans. The market is all that and more. It is a great time for all.  This year, the number of merchants has increased considerably from last year and the choice and prices very competitive. One can find some great deals. As I mentioned we would wait until this coming Sunday to buy the rest of our plants when we bring the other vehicle. Rain plus soil equal mud, neither of which is allowed inside of the car.

I have no idea what this particular vendor was selling, me along with my camera shooed away. No kidding. Did she think I wouldn’t say something great or bad her booth in my blog? She had no idea I had a blog, for I couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth. That that by me having art featured in my blog was going to perhaps help her by all the people who read my blog. Now what they are going to see is how not very friendly or wonderful her ware are. Too bad so sad. Not for me, for her. I just tossed her under the bus.  I talk about everyone I see in my blog and if something is wonderful, I talk about that, in fact I go so far as to tell people how wonderful these people and their products are. Last year I featured one or two people in my blog. They were gracious as they realized they were getting free advertising.  I give credit where credit is due, when I can in the form of free advertising. Her wares didn’t look so special to me, but that is my opinion . But each to their own. Perhaps there is a large calling for ceramic leafs for your garden. The prices and not the lady scared me away. Just saying. And now for the awesome vendors.

The images in today’s blog are from the variety of nursery’s and flower vendors local to Portland and, all who offer beautiful flowers and shrubries. I felt right at home and the vendors all so friendly, have taken the time regardless of the crappy weather, to put together such wonderful bouquets either custom gathered while you wait, or already prepared bunches. The prices were rather reasonable generally from $5 to $10 for the small and medium sizes to maybe $15 for the large bouquets. Totally worth it. We would buy them but between our allergies and our cats, it is not feasible. We sometimes buy them in the summer for the back yard table if we are going to have guests over, but aside from that sadly we don’t. I simple live vicariously through the beauty of the photos I take. I hope you enjoy. And for more information you can check out the Orenco Station Hillsboro Farmer’s Market list of vendors.

Hanging baskets sold for between $15 and $30 dollars. Most were in the $20 to $25 dollar range. Great bargain beautiful large planters, your choice hanging or not.

I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks Sunday Market. We did, what we could about the photos in the rain.  We hope to see some of our local readers at the market. And for those living out of the markets range, I hope you at least enjoyed seeing out photos. All of our photos can be purchased on our website or by sending us an email. We can be followed on our blog, website or twitter We look forward to hearing from you.



Sunday Market May 13th, 2012

Sunday Market – May 13th, 2012

Last Sunday was a fabulous day to attend the local farmers market. Each Sunday, beginning last weekend until roughly September early October, the Farmers Market is held in the Parking area of New Seasons grocery store in the Orenco Station neighborhood of Hillsboro.

No one could have expected that Portland would have two weekends of gorgeous weather in a row – we did. It isn’t even summer. How awesome is that?  Lloyd and I arrived around 11:00am, the market full of life. People consumed the streets with there wares, food, some for a stroll, some full of angst, most however, were having fun collecting this weeks selection of produce, flowers, eggs, artisan wares, snack on the caramel corn, slushy drinks, freshly made donuts, among several other local street vendors.

This weekends weather, a carbon copy of last weekend, fantastic! To experience such nice weather in May is not unusual what is, are the 80 degree days. Hey, but who is complaining? No one yet, but they will soon. Oregonians, are known for their inability to decide whether they are too hot or two cold. Me, I am indifferent, as long as the weather is above 70, life is good, 80 would be perfect; any variation, I join in with the plethora of complainers.

‘Pink Tulips

The pastel pink of tulips are but one of the many types of flowers which fill the flower boxes and buckets all for the purpose of selling bouquets. They are beautiful. The one below is but one of many that are pre-made, or made to fit your preferences.

‘Beauty in a Bouquet

One can imagine with an encore of warm weather, people especially in Portland flock toward anything that remotely entails an outside activity.  Orenco Station is no different. Our little burb is home to the local Sunday Farmers Market which begins each year around the 1st weekend in May. This year the weather was fantastic making this great venue a great place to find local art work of all kinds, jewelry, handbags, Provencal table cloths, table runners, place mats, or other vendors with their flower planters and flowers to nursery items and more flowers, trees and shrubs; to a wide variety of produce and food, including, a couple of new vendors selling gluten-free products and many other venders. These are but a few of the wonderful finds you will see. One recent find is gluten-free foods, sold by two gluten free vendors. To add to the list of vendors is music. Each week a different band or artist plays live music. The market is a fun place for adults and kids alike.  And a place to fall in love with flowers.

Colored Silk’

The flower vendors are my favorite places to stop and check out the weekly supply of gorgeous and aromatic bouquets. The prices are very reasonable and the florists will gladly make up a custom bouquet to your liking.


Watercolor Painting

Concrete Forest

Mini Forest’

‘Hanging Petunia Basket I’

Hanging Petunia Basket II’

‘Herbaceous Edible Delights’

A Lady in the Pink Dress

Straw Hat’

‘Pizza Anyone?’

Carriage of Kids

Table cloths by Soleil de Provence are some of the most beautiful handmade table cloths for indoor and outdoor use including table runners, place mats, and napkin holders. Nazare Dufosse hand made table products are beautify. We love them so much we have have purchased two table cloths for our outside tables and one table runner for our dining room. Her work is very high quality, I urge anyone interested in a lovely table inside or out, she is the place to find wonderful patterns at a great price. To check out her website go here. Below is an image of for some of the various colors she offers. She offers much more.

‘Cloths of Color

‘Gluten-Free Pastries


GF Muffins

Gluten-Free muffins. This week the Gluten-Free pastries are from Terrapin Pastries. I have to say I gave them another try this week and everything from the brownies to the donuts, to the scones  awesome!

‘Swirls of Wood’

The beaded jewelry is from a local vendor Ilona’s Bead Werks. Here pieces are truly a work of art! They are gorgeous pieces and she was kind enough to allow me to take some photos. She has a nice display which showcases her many interesting and beautify pieces of hand crafted jewelry.

Hanging Necklace Beauties’

Blue and Yellow Magic

Purple – Blue Iris’

Sapphire Lobelia

I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks Sunday Market. We did, we bought more flowers from the nursery and one of the straw hanging flower boxes, and of course fresh honey and yes, another table cloth. They are so lovely, I couldn’t resist. Until next time. You can follow us on our blog, website, twitter, or via email. We look forward to hearing from you.



Photo of the Day – April 12, 2012


Photo of the Day – April 12, 2012

‘Fractured’, Dawson Creek, Hillsboro, Oregon