Photo: Blue Sunny Day

Blue Sunny Day

The past few weeks have been absolutely gorgeous weather wise. While nice weather is not all that unusual in itself, during this time of year (Rose Festival season in and around Portland, Oregon) is a bit odd, especially with the added bonus of hot temperatures. I can't even remember the last time the Starlight Parade wasn't damp, overcast, or cold. This, most definitely, is a sign that the end times are nigh. Or not. Whatever. It's still weird, but I'm not complaining. Well, as long as my garden doesn't melt, that is.

This photo was taken the Friday before Mother's Day at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. I adore going there this time of year, when all the rhodies are strutting their stuff. I I end up running around like an excited puppy around bubbles. Must take photos of them ALL. This year I was pleasantly surprised to discover that one of the largest rhody bushes, towards the far end of the gardens was actually fragrant. Joy of joys!

I told you. Puppy. Bubbles. Seriously.

Anyway, in conclusion, I named this photo after Jonathan Coulton's latest song "Blue Sunny Day" because a sunny day is not complete without a suicidal vampire. Or so I hear.

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Technical Details Aperture Value: f/5 Focal Length: 18mm Exposure Program: Aperture Priority ISO: 200 Shutter Speed Value: 1/500 sec Location: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden - Portland, Oregon

Photo: Northern Pygmy Owl

Northern Pygmy Owl Last weekend we met up with some friends at their cabin in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  It was a nice day out, so we had brought our bikes up to the mountain with us. Riding around the back roads, we found a trail that led up to a large rock formation. At the base of the rock, I spotted a little bird making some noise and sitting in one of the lower pine tree branches. Giving the little guy a second look I realized it was an owl. I pointed it out to everyone and we watched the owl as it looked back at us. As I attached my zoom lens, it hopped over to another branch, slightly further away. Everyone continued on the trail, while I hung behind to try to get a few shots before the owl flew off. As I crept a bit closer, the owl suddenly got very interested in something on the ground. Just after I took this shot, it zoomed down just ten feet away from me, catching a mouse nearly the same size as itself. I didn't have a good angle on it to get any good shots of the owl as it struggled to get the mouse airborne. However, I did get one fuzzy shot of a big orange eye staring at me though the underbrush. I also managed to get a few fuzzy shots after it managed to fly off with its huge dinner.

Nature in action!

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Technical Details Aperture Value: f/5.6 Focal Length: 300mm Exposure Program: Aperture Priority ISO: 400 Shutter Speed Value: 1/200 sec Location: Zigzag, Oregon