Photo of the Day – August 4, 2012


Photo of the Day – August 4, 2012

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
~ Betty Friedan

Curiosity,” Old Work House, Camp 18, Elsie, 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!

Formatting for Feature Article:

  • Please Include a catchy title
  • Include your name at the top as Featured Writer
  • Insert photos
  • Articles should include at least 3 original photographs up to 10 max, do not use photos taken by other people, use original photographs that you have taken.
  • Make sure to check off the appropriate categories and tags
  • Preview your post for grammar and spelling errors before submitting it for approval
  • Include a link to your blog
  • Photos should be no larger than 1000 pixels on the longest side of the image, sRGB color space, please.
  • Multiple entries are allowed on a monthly basis
  • Please review our format in our blog for an example; we will provide the quote unless you find one you would like to include.
  • Please Include a title for the image
  • Category for image ( i.e., travel, landscape, macro, outdoor, wildlife, nature, urban, architectural, or other relevant category)
  • For flower shots include the name (i.e, rose, dahlia, etc.) of the flower
  • Location followed by city and state or city and country where photo was taken (i.e., Forest Park, Portland Oregon, or Portland Rose Gardens, Portland, Oregon
  • Photographers name and copyright information
  • Include a link to your blog
  • Photos should be no larger than 1000 pixels on the longest side of the image, sRGB color space, please.
  • Multiple entries are allowed on a monthly basis

Please submit Featured Articles and/or Photo/Flower of the Day images to: Clearly indicate in your email what you are submitting – either  i.e., Feature Article, Flower or Photo of the Day.  We will alert you via email that your submission has been accepted and the date in which your material will be posted. All authors/photographers whose articles are chosen will receive a link to their blog, and a link on our Facebook page, our blog page, Pinterest, Google+, Linkedin, and Twitter.

We thank you for your interest and look forward to receiving your articles and photographs!



Photo of the Day – May 13, 2012


Photo of the Day – May 13, 2012

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.“~ Anne Frank

‘ Kissed by the Heavens’, Japanese Gardens Portland, Oregon
(© Lloyd Edwards, Image shot with permission)

Photo of the Day – May 12, 2012


Photo of the Day – May 12, 2012

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

‘Tree of Wisdom’, Japanese Gardens Portland, Oregon
(© Lloyd Edwards, Image shot with permission)

Sunday Market, Number 1: May 6th 2012

Sunday Market, Number 1: May 6th 2012

This was the first weekend of the Orenco Station Farmer’s Market. We usually try to visit the market each Sunday throughout the summer. It is a fun way to meet people, buy local produce, artisan products, and eat some of the local cuisine. It is a fun time for people of all ages. This years market started last Sunday and will continue at least through the Labor Day Weekend.

The kids seem to enjoy the market as it offers all types of local food from vendors and local start-up companies alike. Everything offered at the market is local either grown locally or made, or produced locally.

We have been a gluten-free household for the past four years  (the exception – Lloyd’s occasional beer). Love the beer, stay away from it. Had some in Belgium and Holland and that satisfied my itch for beer. I’ll continue to drink wine on occasion. More and more vendors are offering gluten-free products, this week was no exception, we came upon Gluten Free Pastries, a new vendor this year who sells a variety of gluten-free pastries and bread products.  While the word from my taster hubbie Lloyd was the pastries were good, however the bread recipe needed a bit more pizzazz. Those who eat gluten-free and have tried to make their own bread products know all to well how difficult making it, let alone finding good gluten-free bread and food is.

Luckily Portland offers great choices from several local bakeries. It is fun to see more vendors at the markets begin to offer gluten-free products. While this particular vendor offers great pastries, their bread recipe requires a bit more work in the kitchen. As I mentioned, it is a difficult task to find a great bread recipe. We always are game to check out new gluten-free foods. And when you find one you like we generally stick with it, as they are that difficult to find. We definitely will be purchasing gluten-free pastries offered here from the gluten-free pastry chef.

While these flowers above look like the real deal, they are actually head bands for girls to wear in their hair. They are hand-made from a local artist. I didn’t get a chance to see her other products as I was busy taking photos of the flowers and helping Lloyd decide which plants to buy from the local nurseries.

One of the great things about the summer markets in and around Portland are all the crafts and produce from local farmers. This year the market is focusing more toward fresh produce and fresh food as it moves faster than the crafts. I guess time will tell how that will work out. We like having the crafts at the fair as we always buy something from the vendors. Where else can you buy something local? The planners of the market should possibly rethink their business plan. The market is all about supporting local wares. And arts are a huge part of the market scene.  It seemed to me that it was a great way in which local artists can sell their wares. It seems a bit unfair to not allow them to sell their products. They are after all local and trying to make a living.

The other favorite part of the market, at least for me, are the flowers. I love taking photographs of the bounty of flowers. Most of the vendors don’t mind as long as you don’t get in the way of the customers and don’t touch anything and always ask first. While it is legal to take photos of anything being sold on a public street, it is polite to ask whether they mind. I have only come across one vendor last year who through a childish fit, after she noticed I snapped a photo of her yard artwork. It wasn’t even that great. But, I refrained. No problem. Deloris and I generally sit away from the crowds and I use my zoom lens a lot. Many times I can get close enough for some nice macro shots, most of my shots are from a distance. I also like to capture the essence of the people. This week we were rushed a bit because of our nursery purchases.

As I said, my favorite part of the market are the many flowers offered. There are usually three or four vendors, who bring in beautiful bouquets of flowers from their farms and put together unique bouquets right before your eyes, with either your choice of flowers, or from bouquets already put together. This week the flowers were largely tulips and snowballs. Look for tulips to represent one of the flowers of the day this week, they are gorgeous. Like I said, the nursery stock took most of our time this week, and I only stopped at this flower vendor. Their tulips were beautiful.

Nursery stock plants were available from three different local nurseries, as well as three local flower vendors. Had the cash machine been working properly, we would have likely bought out the stock of nursery shrubs and flowers for our back yard and front porch.

This was one of the three Nurseries selling everything from potted plants to potted shrubs and trees. Buying local is a great way to support the local economy and not as hard on the pocket-book as some of the other flower and tree places around town. The prices are very reasonable and in some instances vendors offer great bargains. We purchased a few items from the three vendors which will be the start of our late spring project of getting our porch painted and back yard ready for summer.

More potted plants from the second nursery, and the third nursery below. Each seemed to carry their own specialty items and all brought a terrific selection with great prices.

We actually purchased one of these maples for our front porch. The idea to make the area a bit more private. We had plans on purchasing more but the as I said the cash machine was down. More for this weekend.  It is probably a good thing that we didn’t buy more than we did as we had some difficulty finagling all of our purchases in the car plus Deloris. We were quite the site trying to get to the car with our plants, then shoving them in the car so they would all fit without spilling soil all over the floor and shoving Deloris in the trunk. It was a site. I thought I was going to be tied down on the hood of the car, until I volunteered to hold the fuchsia and Feathered Japanese Maple tree between my legs in the front seat of the car. That folks was our morning at the market.

We will be exploring the Orenco Sunday Market each weekend through the end of summer. You can see some of our flowers either here in our weekly write-up, or follow us on our blog site here, or website, for more choices. All of our photos are available for purchase so if you see something you like let me know by shooting me an email. You can also follow us on Twitter, and Facebook, or see us around the market. Feel free to come up and say hi.

Until next week, cheers!


Photo of the Day – May 11, 2012


Photo of the Day – May 11, 2012

Nature is pretty good about self-recovery, but a lot depends on what man does to hinder or assist in that recovery. The nice thing about wetlands is that they can cleanse and filter water as it moves through, but too much contamination can overwhelm this natural filtering system and destroy it.~ Thomas Miller

‘Wetland Slough’, Sauvie Island, Oregon

Photo of the Day – May 10, 2012


Photo of the Day – May 10, 2012

Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
― Ernest Hemingway

‘Vintage’, DePonte Winery, Oregon