Silver Falls State Park, Oregon (set 2 of 2)

Twice in October 2017, I visited fabulous Silver Falls State Park, just south of Silverton, Oregon. Here is the second set of two. (See the first.) I was amazed how much the tree colors had changed in just a few weeks. Ah, autumn!

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon (set 2 of 2)

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, November 2017

Not too far from my home is southeast Portland's wonderful little Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. This November, Amanda and I visited to experience it in late autumn. As always, there were more ducks than you could count, and geese, and for once at least the world's most obese squirrel...

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, November 2017

Come See Turkey: Overview

In April 2014, I flew to Turkey with a group of fellow Instagram influencers for a two-week exploration of that amazing country, so beautiful, so full of history. Sponsored by Come See Turkey, the trip was designed to boost tourism to the area, and it was led by wonderful human, Mustafa Seven and his team...

Come See Turkey: Overview

Elk Rock Garden of the Bishop's Close

Tucked the middle of one of the wealthiest sections of Portland, Oregon, with some spectacular views of the Willamette River, sits a lovely Episcopal retreat known as the Elk Rock Garden of the Bishop's Close...

Elk Rock Garden of the Bishop's Close

One Last Day in Istanbul...

I strolled up famous İstiklal Avenue, one of the great walking/shopping/window-shopping streets in Europe, enjoyed a quick ride on the historic little tram, took one last look at Galata Tower, then crossed the Golden Horn for final photos of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia as the sun set...

One Last Day in Istanbul...

Along the River Euphrates, Turkey

As we traveled in southern Turkey we stopped for a few minutes along the beautiful, tranquil River Euphrates. A Chinese tour group was stopping there at the same time as us. And a stray dog ran up to both of us looking for a handout...

Along the River Euphrates, Turkey

Şanlıurfa, Turkey

How I loved this city, particularly Balikli Göl, the Pool of Abraham. History sits everywhere in town like dust in the air and on the streets. The buildings, the music, the sounds, the aromas, I felt like I had stepped into my childhood copy of One Thousand and One Nights...

Şanlıurfa, Turkey

Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep, Turkey

The Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep, Turkey, is full of mosaics and other artifacts moved from the ancient Roman town of Zeugma, which had been flooded by modern damming of the Euphrates... 

Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep, Turkey