Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What If Pigs Could Fly

They'd likely have to practice their wing flap and what better place to do it than a jade bracelet?


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lost Feather

Not only did a crow lose this feather, it looks as if it carefully preened it with repeating edges. Finding it in a rosemary plant was an added bonus.

Serrated Feather

Friday, January 27, 2012

Portland Promenade

Just north of the Fremont Bridge, you can walk along a promenade that more times than not has very few people, if any, on it. Tonight was one of those times and I was able to complete my "assignment" with leading lines.

Empty Promenade

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Another Coffeehouse ~ Ristoretto on Nicolai

Ristoretto has opened a coffeehouse on Nicolai in NW Portland. Housed in the Schoolhouse Electric Building, it also shares quarters with a flower shop. So if you're in that part of Portland, this is definitely the place to get a cup of coffee or whole leaf tea. The last time I had coffee at one of the more well known bakeries on NW Lovejoy I was forced to pour it out on the street. Really with all of the roasters in Portland there's better coffee than anything beginning with an S, whether it's roasted here or in Seattle...



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rising Waters Along the Willamette...

The Willamette River here in Portland continues to rise... If it gets much high the cormorants will start perching on fenceposts!

Where's the Beach?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Still Life with Pearls

The camera took a walk down the street and was surprised to find this arrangement of pearls and watch on the counter...

Pearls Waiting

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rainy Sunday Run

With all of the rain, the Willamette River is flooding south of Portland and here in Portland proper it is rising rapidly. Normally these steps lead to a sandy beach area... Taken with my iPhone while I was out on my run, I got almost as wet as if I'd gone swimming in the river.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sacred View

Today was a day of sacred views at an Anglican church and then a Greek Orthodox one. After spending four hours in those hallowed walls, I saw this on my way home...

Another Mary and Christ

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Arrow Points the Way

The direction of the arrow could be interpreted that today was less than stellar. However, that is not the case. Most people would complain about the rain, however that rain will bring more water to our reservoirs for use later. And with lunch with a dear friend who ended up renting a violin to begin lessons, the day continued into the evening with music and laughter. ...

Follow the Arrow

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cellos and Chihuahua

Justin Kagan is testing out his cello after Paul Schuback did some minor tweaking this afternoon. Django, the chihuahua, settle right in for a mini-concert!

Cello Chihuahua

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Intersecting Realities

After a morning with a friend, I ended up in the light industrial section of Northwest Portland near the Fremont Bridge. Many of the old buildings have been retrofitted into office spaces and small shops. About a year ago my hairstylist moved to a salon in one of those buildings. The staircase near the salon has some interesting photos from another part of the world. Today this one seemed to merge with the confines of the stairwell.

Intersecting Spaces

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ugo Rondinone at the Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is welcoming a new visitor on the fourth floor of the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art. Made from cast wax, Nude (XXX) sits rather disconsolately as others move through the room. Perhaps at night, he dances on the polished floor. We'll have to ask the security officers who monitor the gallery after midnight.

In Repose

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cultural Moment

Tonight we watched Joshua Bell perform Brahms with the Oregon Symphony here in Portland. The original program was to be Shostakovich but Bell decided a month ago that no, it should be Brahms. Brahms was good, but the outstanding piece tonight was the last piece performed, the sinfonietta composed by Leos Janacek.

Joshua Bell with  the Oregon Symphony

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Out of Place

My friend and I spent the morning at Lan Su Chinese Garden here in Portland. Afterwards we walked a bit before we parted and had a laugh at this store window. Someone needs to rescue that rabbit!

On My Way Out

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Today's flight from Santa Rosa to Portland via Seattle included this scene early on. The skies were a bit bluer and clearer than they were later in the flights. It's wonderful to visit friends but coming home is the best part of traveling.

Contrail on Final

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Marilyn in Healdsburg

Today we wandered through the town of Healdsburg. Marilyn Monroe caught my eye.

Uniquely Feminine

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Calistoga is known for many things and attracts tourists who come to the Napa Valley to taste wine. Walking around town, I saw quite a bit including this coffee shop that was closed early...

Ran Out of Beans

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Change of Pace

For a change of scenery, the camera and I have traveled to Calistoga. We're staying in the foothill area south of town. Zingara the cat can be seen here guarding the yard from the roof of the garage.

010/365+` On the Roof

Tomorrow I'll be have lunch in town as well as a massage...

Monday, January 9, 2012

End of the Line

Takashi Murakami's End of the Line graced the fourth floor of the Portland Art Museum for a number of weeks. Today was its last day so in some senses it was the "end of the line" for the End of the Line...

Literally and Figuratively ~ End of Line

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Afternoon in Astoria

This morning started out quite foggy...
Fremont Bridge

And didn't improve much as we drove to Astoria to listen to the Arnica String Quartet...

However, we did have a wonderful meal at the Colombian followed by Mozart, Dvorak and Britten...
The Other Entrance

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Strange and Peculiar

Special slippers that even the cat thinks are a bit strange sit in the window of at the Peculiarium here in Portland...


Friday, January 6, 2012

A Bed of Money

Baby Jane found herself a bed of money to sit in,
The light came on,
She confessed...

I Confess

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Three Buildings

Window reflections intrigue me and this view of the panes at the Metropolitan are some of the best. The three buildings represented here are some of the ones that border Tanner Springs Park here in Portland...

Fun House

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Frond Found

This morning started early with a run in Forest Park here in Portland. This frond attracted my attention and that of the iPhone. Any day that starts with a run is a good day.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Shop Cat

Yesterday's image was of a neon cat reading a used book advertising a bookstore, Twice Sold Tales. Today's is of a "guard cat" at Pretty Parlor on Summit E in Seattle, WA. There's something about vintage stores and cats. They abound...


Monday, January 2, 2012

Another Book Building

Yesterday's post showed an image of part of the Seattle Public Library. At the other end of the architectural spectrum is today's image of the Twice Sold Tales, a noted used book store here in Seattle, Washington.

002/365 ~ Read and Re-Read

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Views of the Seattle Public Library

There are many reasons for visiting the Seattle Public Library. One very important one would be the knowledge in the books on the shelves. Another is that it's clean and well lit, as well as warm. Perhaps another is its magnificent architecture.

Here's an outside view.
001/365 Triangular Walkway