We have just returned from two days at the coast …a surprise trip from John….where I shot some magnificent pictures with the Hasselblad. I don’t often shoot with that camera. I was dismayed, to learn that I had misplaced my memory card, which the fine people at Otter’s Cove found and are sending to me, so those pictures will come in a few days….and there were some magnificent photo ops….but today, when we got back, John saw how disappointed I was about the pictures, so he swept me up and took me to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, about 6 minutes from our house, which I thought was really sweet, and he left me with the task of shooting more photos so we could watch a slideshow tonight after dinner. Instant gratification, and all that.
[I am having trouble with iPhoto on my computer,..this brand new (grumble…grumble…) computer……and I have to download, then take screenshots of all my pictures…for now, so the resolution isn’t as high as it could be. ugh. Technology. Why does it change so quickly?!]
I took the new Canon this time. I like shooting with this camera. It is much lighter than the Hasselblad, and I can spend more time concentrating on composition than on all the bells and whistles the Hasselblad has, and I don’t really worry that it is going to get stolen, as I do with the other camera…..so this is what I came up with.
Spring in Portland is a force to be reckoned with . There is a strength within its delicacy. The gardens are just now coming into bloom, but will get better and better in the weeks to come. It is early, early spring here, after a long, dark winter. The magnificence of the color is indescribable. Soft. Bold. Quiet. Brilliant. Pristine. It is so much more beautiful here than anywhere either of us have lived before.
There was an abundance of wildlife…..both on the coast and at the gardens. Today, I saw Stellar Jays, Eagles, Squirrels, Ducks, Canadian Geese….and I have no idea why I’m capitalizing all of these creature’s names. They deserve the respect, I suppose. lol!
There is a stillness….a peacefulness here. It is the kind of place, like Crater Lake, where people tend to naturally speak in hushed tones. There are so many wildlife sounds and the sound of rushing brooks and the wind blowing through the trees. THOSE are the sound we long to hear…so we are quiet there. This is the place I often go to meditate. It is peaceful. Soft.
I hope you have enjoyed these pictures. In a few days, I should have my memory card from the coastal trip, and as soon as I have time to process them, I will upload them here. Meanwhile….peace be with you.