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!

L&L

Photo of the Day – May 7, 2012

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Photo of the Day – May 7, 2012

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

‘Tree of Wisdom and Despair’, Montinore Estates, Forest Grove, Oregon

Sunshine Award Winners


On behalf of L&L Photography, we have been nominated by Scott Marshall, of Land, Sea, & Sky Image Bank for the Sunshine Award. In his nomination he stated, and I quote, I nominate…”L&L Photography, for simply outstanding images of the highest quality.” I am blushing.  Thank you Scott.

This is the second award for L&L Photography and we are humbled. I guess this means we are doing something right. On behalf of the other ‘L’ in L&L, my husband Lloyd, we are grateful and moved beyond words to receive this new award. I am especially grateful people are finally being drawn to our site and Lloyd and I no longer are the sole readers our blog.

We take immense pride in our photography and our blog. Each of the images we display in our blogs are hand selected to make sure only the best images are presented, then paired with a specific quote based on what the image evokes at the time. This philosophy is true for each of our articles we publish each week as well. We select only the best images as anything less is simply not acceptable.

Back to the important part – The Sunshine Award.

For those unfamiliar with this award, the rules are simple. 1) You profusely thank the person who has nominated you (done); 2), include the award logo in your post and on your blog (done);  3), Provide the answers to 10 questions about yourself (done); 4), nominate 5-10 other wonderful bloggers (done); 5) Let the other nominees know they are nominate and include the links to their blog (done); and 6) link the person who nominated you (done). Since I am the ‘L’ responsible for writing the blog, I will gladly accept this task.

Ten things about myself:

  • My passions in life: Photography, writing, and traveling, not necessarily in that order.
  • Favorite place I have traveled: Egypt, the best trip Lloyd and I have ever taken.
  • Place I would like to travel to next: This is a tie between Papeete, Tahiti, or Phuket, Thailand. I would like to go somewhere warm and sit in on the boardwalk of my own bungalow with my feet dangling in the water before launching into the crystal azure water; snorkel, and watch the wildlife swim under my feet.
  • Red or White Wine: Red. That said a nice glass of Krug would not be turned down. Okay, I guess I like both, including champagne.
  • Favorite color: black or white, but since neither are colors – Pastels – pink, blue, lavender
  • Favorite animal: cats, domestic and wild. They are always as unpredictable as am I.
  • Vampires or Werewolves: Vampires
  • Favorite author: is it wrong to say myself? Okay, then I would have to say I have no favorite; as each book I read contains a different subject for the particular mood I am in at the time I decide to read. I love both fiction and non-fiction; mystery/thrillers; science fiction/fantasy; and humor. And on occasion I will return to my roots as a scientist and read something geeky like a journal article or book.
  • Favorite music: I tend to change my preferences often on any given day. Where ever the mood takes me.
  • Mac or PC: Mac.

The Five to Ten Bloggers I am nominating for the award drumroll please:

Lifeintheblueridges – I have the utmost admiration and respect for this young lady. Amelia has been through more than most of us can even imagine and has persevered with courage many adults could not. She speaks openly about a range of topics from books she recommends which are great by the way, music also great, college life, and most admirably living with cerebral palsy. A very brave girl who I have no doubt will be a great writer one day and will indeed make a difference. I am proud to call her not only a fellow blogger but a dear and special friend. She deserves this award. Congratulations Amelia!

Kevin George Travel Photography – Kevin is definitely one to watch he is an excellent photographer who I find interesting and notable. Congratulations Kevin!

TracieLouisePhotography  – Tracie Louise provides amazing photography and pairs her magical imagery with wonderful words of wisdom. One of the best sites and photographers out there. Congratulations Tracie!

The Beachchair Scientist – Ann McElhatton is an excellent read. I love her blog as she, like me, is a scientist. What I really love about her blogs is she instinctively melds fun and excitement into marine science and does so effectively for all audiences. I love when others make science fun and not intimidating, boring, or scary. Congratulations!

Photopoetics – This blog site is one of the newer ones I have come across they write poetry to match photography about a person, place, or just about anything. A very creative and fun site. Congratulations!

Victoria Judy Photography – This is a 365 day photo project. A great idea that is simple and fun to see what each day will bring. Congratulations Victoria!

I could have added more but chose to stop here. There are so many wonderful bloggers and photographers out there. So there you have it. I aspire to each of you.

And thanks again Scott!

L&L Photography

Photo of the Day – April 30, 2012

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Photo of the Day – April 30, 2012

“One if the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.”
― Oprah Winfrey


‘Archway of Color’, Sauvie Island, Oregon

Photo of the Day – April 28, 2012

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Photo of the Day – April 28, 2012

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
― Socrates

‘Sand Balls, Capricorn Coast, Queensland, Australia


All on a Sunny Afternoon


All on a Sunny Afternoon in April

Isn’t there a saying ‘one never knows what they will find, when they are not looking?’ This saying came to fruition for Lloyd and I, a couple of days ago. We left the house. Sun shining. In search of the old Sitka Spruce forest that until last year, or roughly, boasted the largest Sitka Spruce in the world (lightening killed the tree and likely the park). We thought the trails would still be there so it might be a cool place to check out. The joke was on us.  We drove until we realized we had no idea where this park was. We couldn’t even agree which highway it was on, even though both of us had driven by the sign for years.

Camp 18 Restaurant, Elsie, Oregon

We gave up and when we did, we found a very eclectic restaurant called Camp 18, sited off Highway 26 going west toward the Pacific Coast. Basically, at first glimpse, it serves as a dumping ground for all things having to do with logging (still going with the junk); so basically everything non environmental (or harmful to it) which I hate (right up there with hunting). The logging museum is located in an area of forest not disturbed by logging, befitting those dedicated to Oregon’s forests and the machinery once required for logging. Loggers always blamed the boom on population growth in the area. Whatever the case, the unused machinery found a new home now enshrined here at Camp 18.

The water tower sign of Camp 18 always reminded me of that TV show back in the 1960s, Petticoat Junction where the start of the show the ladies were all swimming in the water tower, when we passed this place going to the beach.

Saw carved statues of a cougar above and an eagle below.

The outdoor museum occupies the area outside the restaurant. An indoor museum is also sited on the property, to the east of the restaurant, which provides a plethora of information about those who worked in the logging business during its peak, to those who continue to serve in some capacity of the logging world today. We didn’t enter the indoor part as their was a fee, but found enough to occupy us at this incredible logging shrine good for any afternoon of photos.  Added bonus, the parking lot near the indoor museum sat about 20 shiny Corvettes. It was like a car show moved into the museum. The occupants were inside the restaurant; we took the opportunity to take some photos of their cars. It was unfortunate the pollen counts were up and visible on many of the cars as were bugs. Nice visual.

I never thought of yellow as being sexy in a car, that was of course until I saw about four yellow ‘vettes’.

This eagle was painted on the inside of the guys cool red ‘vette’. I wasn’t a fan of the eagle. Sorry. His car was nice. It looked like a fest for those who were in need of making up for ones short comings, and many. Sad.

I never thought I would like a yellow car. This ‘vette’ pulled it off.

Being a convertible helped.

‘White 68 Chevy Corvette Stingray’. This car was sweet. A convertible as well, and probably my favorite. It wasn’t as ostentatious as the reds, yellows, or blues. It just was.

Lloyd and I are not into cars, but it always seems the car shows find us in many places we travel. There seems to be a draw for this hobby. I have to agree these cars were nice. What a wonderful day for heading to the beach with the top down. It was in the low 80s for us, the coast would have been beautiful and likely in the low 70s to high 60s and sunny. Perfect for a small car show of Corvette enthusiasts. There is something to be said about a nice Corvette. While the beach was about another 30 to 40 minutes west, the way they drove off, they likely killed it in a short 20-25 minutes. If I had the money, I would upgrade the Beemer to a nice 6-series convertible. One can dream. But if I had the money one nice car is perfect, I would spend the money traveling and taking photographs.

Back at the outdoor museum I chose my subjects carefully. There were so many interesting pieces of junk, it was difficult to decide. I chose images that I could develop in black and white. This first building was likely a, former logging residence.  The image depicts the front of the old homestead that one or two loggers shared. Hard to believe that more than one man let alone two or four likely, lived in such diminutive dwellings during the logging boom. I would get very claustrophobic. I guess when your sole purpose was work, one didn’t require much else except a roof over ones head and a bed to crash in. The building screamed black and white.

The workers could open the window as seen by the hinges that clasp the window closed.  No doubt, the ghosts would not remain speechless as this place was a great haunt.

Looking from the bottom image, the shanty appeared as if it was about to fall backward. If it did, it would find itself in a creek that flows along the fringe of the property.

From this angle, the building looks as though the young trees are holding the building in place so it doesn’t slip into the stream. Yikes!

The roof looks as though it received an upgrade, while the remainder of the place definitely had seen better days.

A wee bit on the drafty side. That is what they used to call air-conditioning.

In Oregon, logging once was the prime source of income for many people, until the environmentalist and scientist realized  logging was actually depleting Oregon of one of their most pristine natural resources, that and an owl – the spotted owl habitat. And with the discovery of this species decline, was the beginning of the end for the logging industry. Not to say I was disappointed, but it effected everyone. Remember, the economy thrived on lumber. Then to suddenly be told one must stop because of an owl. You can only imagine how well that went over.

In addition to the old wooden structures, the museum boasts rusty equipment. I am not sure what year the equipment was last used, but I would guess around the early 1900s when logging was one of the prime economic staples of Oregon.

You can see why we stopped there is so many great visuals here. My brain was in camera overdrive soon to be in an over load stupor. The lower photo is a piece of old Sitka spruce that was decaying and filled with mold, lichens, and critters.

In addition to the open air museum and the restaurant, a trail parallels the stream. Lloyd, Deloris (my chair) and me, wobbled down to the trail until Deloris would no longer budge.  We were forced to turn around or risk me being captured by the mud. I opted to turn around, although it was a reluctant decision on my part.  Unfortunately there were too many roots and a bit too much mud for the old girl to traverse and we had to turn back. It took me back to the day when I would ride the hell out of a trail like that on my bike. Jumping over the obstacles in lieu of being forced to trudge over them. Fortunately we saw a few interesting finds along the way.

Snake! Jackpot! We stopped and watched the snake, as it froze. It was about 2 feet long. Nice size. Great orange colors to it. It blended in to the debris so well if it hadn’t moved we would have driven over it. Yuk!

The trail was peaceful. We saw people walk down the trail. We were uncertain how long the trail was or where it went.

Pink Azalea.”

“Violet and Friend’

Lily and Friends

Moth Consuming Violet

Crops from the Road

Flowing Green’ A little shot out the window as Lloyd was driving us home.

Sundown”  With this, I hope you enjoyed our unexpected journey in search of the largest Sitka spruce in the world instead finding Camp 18 a logging graveyard, and a trail with unexpected surprises, to the farm fields on our way home. Until next time.

Cheers!

L&L

Photo of the Day – April 27, 2012

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Photo of the Day – April 27, 2012

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Three Droplets’, Hillsboro, Oregon