Friday, August 30, 2013


this post may surprise you.  if you been visiting for a while, you will notice that i rarely post “action shots”.  it’s not really my thing but i wanted to stretch myself a bit on this last trip, so i decided to try shooting some action that happens pretty much every day around here – bailey chasing her squeaky balls!

 the oregon beach was the perfect spot – cool, uncrowded and dog-friendly (sadly none of which are true in ca).  when we took beach hikes, stu would sneak a few balls into his pockets and reveal them at just the right time.  ready, set, GO! 

 it’s so fun to watch a dog that is totally engulfed in sheer bliss over such a simple thing….good lesson for us there, no doubt!  i ended up with quite a few duds, of course, but wanted to share some of my fav’s. 

 sadly, at this moment, bailey is limping and on meds and restriction. a little too rambunctious with the balls, no doubt!   hopefully just a minor sprain – time will tell. in the meantime, bailey boo - this one's for you.  may we all learn to love life as you do!!

in other news.... i am planning a fall retreat....

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Where to Begin??

it’s been a while, i know…. it’s not that i don’t have anything to share.  quite the opposite in fact.  more accurately, i don’t know where to begin.  whenever i visit a place that turns out to be a sort of photographic feast,  i get a little bit overwhelmed and even bogged down trying to sort through everything and come up with a way to share it.


the oregon coast speaks to me in a big way.  which is why we have spent something like 8 weeks in the last 3 years meandering and poking into all its little nooks and crannies.  amazing.  it’s hard to imagine a place that could be more beautiful.

So many great hikes

Noisy creatures!

This was one happy girl...

and for the most part, it’s pretty uncrowded.  this was the first time we visited in august, however.  since this is one of the most reliable months weather-wise and the kids were not yet back to school, campers were out in droves.  the biggest difficulty we encountered came in the form of full campgrounds.  since we don’t do reservations (it’s always worked out in the past!) it presented quite a challenge and we ended up in quite a few “less than ideal” spots.  just part of the adventure i guess

well, i have a lot more to share…. it will come in time.  i’m just trying to transition back into “real life” and frankly, having a bit of a hard time.  although i’m incredibly grateful for this experience and for safe travel once again, it seems the old creative demons went on vacation too, and are now all back to haunt me.  struggling somewhat, but i know it’s all part of the ebb and flow..  looking forward to catching up with all of you soon!

Sharing the sunset with the other campers...