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Thursday, October 29, 2009


Orb Yellow

A not-as-gigantic-as-it-appears sphere -- a bit of playground equipment at Marysville School in southeast Portland.


Monday, October 26, 2009


Ball and Stripes

There's a brand spankin' new playground at Marysville School in Portland. Bright colors abound.

(My son had to throw this ball up in front of the wall only about four times until we go the shot.)


Thursday, October 15, 2009


Razor Loop

A loop of razor wire keeping the snoopers out of a warehouse lot.

I like to call this photo "Something My Mother Would Never Take A Picture Of".


Thursday, October 8, 2009



A visual cacophony created by the Fresnel lens at the Grays Harbor Lighthouse near Westport, Washington.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Sentimental Doodle

A sentimental doodle in the sand at Westport, Washington.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009


One Blue Rung

Lents Park playground in Portland.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009



Dizzy shot of the Riverfront Carousel in Salem, Oregon. Same carousel that this horse is on. The blue fish thing in the lower left corner holds a ring that the kids can try to reach out and grab. Winners get a free carousel ride. Losers--the kids who fall off trying to grab the ring--get a free lawsuit filing.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Carousel Horse

Horse head from the Riverfront Carousel in Salem, Oregon. Kids riding the carousel can reach out and try to grab a ring hanging on a pole. If they catch the ring, they get a free ride. (Click for larger view.)


Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Portland Water

Portland is called the "Rose City". Though I haven't seen any more roses here than elsewhere in the U.S.


Thursday, March 26, 2009


Tennis Only

The tennis court down the street. "TENNIS ONLY". I have yet to see someone actually playing tennis there.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Ooga Mask

Hanging on the front of a house in the neighborhood.


Thursday, March 12, 2009


Pole Stuff

That's a lot of stuff on them poles.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Fence Slats

Chain fence with slats -- patterns that mesmerize me.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009




Thursday, February 19, 2009


Padlocked Pipes

I'm a sucker for visually repeating items.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009



Rusty barbed wire. See it in the country to keep cattle where they belong. See it in the city to keep people where they belong.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Spiral Bulb

Modern spirals of an energy-efficient light bulb.


Monday, February 2, 2009


Just Grate

Portland's ubiquitous grates around trees at the MAX train stops.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009



Electrical outlets from an old building.


Thursday, January 8, 2009


Push for Coin

Cell phones have killed all my fun. As a kid, I used to check all the pay phones for people's forgotten change -- what a thrill to find a quarter or dime. Felt like a millionaire. But no one uses pay phones anymore.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Frozen to the Fence

Icy leaf frozen to a fence.

This photo has nothing to do with the holidays, but Merry Christmas everyone!


Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Too Chilly to Play

A neighbor's playhouse. But too cold to play today.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008



So I take pictures of postal trucks. It's an odd hobby.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008


Spoon in the Road

To paraphrase Will Rogers, "When you come to a spoon in the road, take it."


Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Take Out the Papers and the Trash

Colorful trash and recycle bins outside a house.

Seems fitting considering the election. Out with the old. In with the new. This isn't a political blog (I keep saying that, don't I?) and I'm not about to say who I voted for. I just hope someone will restore America's image and goodwill in the world. There's a big mess to be cleaned up.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008


Cash for Cars

The car salesman tells me that this sign has been up since 1970-something. That makes the sign an antique. And me too, now that I think of it.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008


Fenced America

A shot from a neighbor's yard as I was out photo-walking this weekend. This blog isn't about politics, but this image could make a strong statement for those who oppose building a fence between the U.S. and Mexico.


Monday, October 20, 2008


Fence and Shadow

A study in light, lines, angles and depth.


Thursday, October 16, 2008


Along the Sidewalk

View along the sidewalk. Not sure what's so special about it. I just liked the feel and intersection of lines and shapes.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008


When Pigs Fly

Rooftop ornament from the neighborhood. Insert your own pig joke here.


Saturday, October 4, 2008



From a cafe nearby. They make some incredible chocolate espresso cookies.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008



Numbers from a telephone pole.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Pallet Stack

Stacks of pallets, like grown up Lego blocks.


Saturday, September 20, 2008


Tennis Anyone?

Rusty chain link fence around a tennis court at Grant Park in Portland.


Monday, September 15, 2008


Caged Candle

An imprisoned flame.


Sunday, August 17, 2008



Guerilla tactics in the war on waste. A graffiti reminder on the handle of a dumpster lid to prick the conscience of anyone about to contribute unnecessarily to the landfill. Gotta love Portland.

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Friday, August 1, 2008


3 on Hydrant

Since yesterday's post obsessed with fire, it's only fitting to post a fire hydrant today.

"Never seen nobody take a picture of hydrant b'fore," says the middle-aged lady watching me from her driveway.

I forget how strange I must look--of course, I am a strange looking person in general--kneeling in the middle of the street to get just the right angle.

"Well, it's the ordinary stuff that makes for interesting shots," I smile back. "We get so used to it, we stop paying attention."

"Guess that's right," she nods.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008


Caustic Wisp

Love campfires. Hate smelling like smoke.

So how do you scientifically categorize fire? Doesn't seem like it fits as a solid or liquid or a gas. Those are nouns. Fire seems like a verb--a caustic wisp of inbetween when something alive escapes into nothingness, leaving ashes as a memory.

Am I the only one who ponders fire?


Wednesday, July 23, 2008



Summer night, evening lights, and music in the air. An outdoor concert on the lawn wraps up a fun evening of berry picking at Sauvie Island in Portland.


Saturday, July 12, 2008


Never Trust A Skinny Cook

"Never Trust A Skinny Cook" was the title a favorite cookbook of my mother's. This jolly chef stands outside the M&M Restaurant (not like the candy) on north Main street in Gresham, Oregon.


Thursday, July 10, 2008


Dollar Dogs

Found myself bemused by this vendor's sign selling hotdogs today. Mostly because right across the street was the "Dog Town" canine obedience school.



Sunday, July 6, 2008


Your Tough Luck

Classy sign from a less-than-upscale establishment.


Thursday, July 3, 2008


Birdless Bath

Overgrown, worn away, waterless bird bath. Sad day for dirty birds.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Frozen Fountain 2

Cool drink on a summer's day. A public outdoor water fountain in Portland. Similar to this shot from last fall.

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Friday, June 13, 2008


Nothin' But Net

Basketball hoop at dusk. Just another sight around the neighborhood during tonight's photo walk.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Can Can

Soda can on the sidewalk. Or is it a "pop" can? "Coke" can (even if it's not Coke inside it)?

What do they call it where you're from?

(For those of you wondering why this didn't post yesterday, blame Blogger. Sometimes gives me fits when it comes to uploading photos.)


Sunday, June 8, 2008


Sunset Sailboat

A miniature boat sails off into the horizon--where I suppose the tiny sailors will go home to their tiny houses, eat tiny dinners, and sleep in tiny beds.

Westmoreland Park in southeast Portland.


Friday, May 23, 2008


This Phone Is Tapped

Bright red phone in Portland's China Town.


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Saturday, May 17, 2008


Pale Ale

Four bottles of Mirror Pond Pale Ale left behind at Mt. Tabor park, as if an intentional art display.

At 90-something degrees, the weather was a tad on the warmish side, but a beautiful day for the park.








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