Opening Day at the AC Hotel Portland

I was invited to the opening of the new AC Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. They built it in what was a funny old vacant lot that everyone just used as a shortcut at a busy intersection. Now it's a charming place to stay steps away from the Pioneer Place shopping mall and other downtown attractions. The best part of it for me, hands down, is they have a bunch of local artwork and local food and drinks... 

Opening Day at the AC Hotel Portland

Camassia Natural Area, West Linn, Oregon

In February 2017 Amanda Ulrich and I visited Camassia Natural Area in West Linn, Oregon.  It's about 26 wooded acres nestled on a ridge overlooking Oregon City.  There are wetlands and oak groves, with the whole area sprinkled with large erratics (rocks brought here by ancient ice-age floods)...

Camassia Natural Area, West Linn, Oregon

Oregon City Wanderings

Just after exploring Camassia Natural Area, Amanda Ulrich and I wandered around Oregon City, Oregon, in February 2017. It's a great little city, anchored by the mighty Willamette Falls. Soon the old Blue Heron paper mill will be rebuilt as a new waterfront for the city with apartments, condos, restaurants, and business spaces. Then the whole area will begin to transform. Cannot wait to watch these huge changes happen before all our eyes.

Oregon City Wanderings

Eve Connell

Portland, Oregon, is full of great creative people. Singer Eve Connell is one of them. In February 2017 we shot together at Sellwood Riverfront Park in southeast Portland. With her charm and fearlessness, she's like our town's own Mary Tyler Moore. It was fun to capture some of that spirit.

Eve Connell

Tulips in My Kitchen

The best part of late winter is tulips begin appearing. They are one of my favorite flowers, though they aren't around for as long as I'd like them to be. (Roses, for instance, can hang around this area for half the year.) But because of that tulips symbolize the return of spring to me. New life is here, and many other flowers will soon appear as well. Oh, and the amazing Wooden Shoe tulip farm will soon open. Can't wait for that!

Tulips in My Kitchen

Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats, Oregon

In January 2015 I explored Opal Creek and the quasi-ghost town of Jawbone Flats (population 5) in the central Cascade Mountains in Oregon. The area is thick with gorgeous fir trees, and the water in the creeks and rivers is crystal clear.  It's so clear in fact that when it pools, it looks insanely, surreally blue...  

Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats, Oregon

A Week with a 2017 Prius Prime

For a week this February, the good folks at Toyota USA let me have a brand new 2017 Prius Prime, the plug-in hybrid atop of the Prius line. What's the difference between it and a regular Prius? Well, I drove the wheels off it and didn't use a drop of gasoline. Instead I was able to recharge the batteries via any standard electrical outlet. Pretty awesome. I love though that it still has a gas tank for a back-up in case I had found myself somewhere without outlets. To me, that is a big plus over a typical electric car... 

A Week with a 2017 Prius Prime

Sauvie Island Fashion Shoot for Rogue Minx (Post 2 of 2)

In May 2015, I worked with Rogue Minx Clothing on a great fashion shoot at Sauvie Island, Oregon. Hair and makeup was by Marie. The models were AjaZoë, and Sarah. Here's the second of two posts about that day.

Sauvie Island Fashion Shoot for Rogue Minx (Post 2 of 2)

Nate Bowman, Welder

Professional welder Nate Bowman and I shot together by Portland's Broadway Bridge in January 2017. It had been a long time since I was able to shoot some welding, so it was great fun to re-learn the basics of getting good shots with that much variation of light. Can't wait for the next opportunity to shoot with him! What's more fun that sparks of fire? Not much...

Nate Bowman, Welder

Sauvie Island Fashion Shoot for Rogue Minx (Post 1 of 2)

In May 2015, I worked with Rogue Minx Clothing on a great fashion shoot at Sauvie Island, Oregon. Hair and makeup was by Marie. The models were AjaZoë, and Sarah. Here's the first of two posts about that day...

Sauvie Island Fashion Shoot for Rogue Minx (Post 1 of 2)

Elowah Falls, Oregon

In December 2014 my friend Merry and I hiked up to Elowah Falls in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. As we walked up all was bitingly cold rain, and then the entire falls area for a hundred-yard radius was black ice. So crazy slippery... 

Elowah Falls, Oregon

Glorious Sunset, Portland

I was sitting on my balcony with my kids as the sky grew darker with the setting of the sun, and a ruffly smattering of clouds rolled over our heads like a blanket. I glanced up and thought the day was finished and night was upon us. Instead, the last rays of the sun from beyond the horizon suddenly began bouncing off the clouds (causing me to grab my camera) and what followed was my favorite sunset ever in Portland. Breathtaking, with all the colors of the rainbow dancing overhead like our own Oregon aurora... 

Glorious Sunset, Portland

Myles Katherine for Rogue Minx (Post 2 of 3)

In May 2015, Portland model, photographer, and frequent collaborator Myles Katherine and I shot together for Rogue Minx clothing. Gina Campbell did the makeup. We shot in Peninsula Park in North Portland, which has great fountains and roses gardens and rhododendrons. An awesome spot to shoot in...

Myles Katherine for Rogue Minx (Post 2 of 3)

Myles Katherine for Rogue Minx (Post 1 of 3)

In May 2015, Portland model, photographer, and frequent collaborator Myles Katherine and I shot together for Rogue Minx clothing. Gina Campbell did the makeup. We shot in Peninsula Park in North Portland, which has great fountains and roses gardens and rhododendrons. An awesome spot to shoot in... 

Myles Katherine for Rogue Minx (Post 1 of 3)

North and Upper North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

At the end of 2016, I took a quick trip to North and Upper North Falls in Oregon's Silver Falls State Park. In a state filled with incredible waterfalls, these two are among my very favorite. The park is near the fun little town of Silverton; if you find yourself in the area, please check out these falls, and the rest of Silver Falls State Park...

North and Upper North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Kyotocat in the Columbia Gorge

In December 2016 lovely human Kyotocat and I had fun shooting together in the icy Columbia River Gorge. We were as cold as popsicles, but it was worth it...  

Kyotocat in the Columbia Gorge

Lan Su Chinese Garden Instameet

The Portland Instagram Group held a fun instameet at the Lan Su Chinese Garden , a great little oasis of calm in the hustle-bustle of Old Town Portland. It had been foggy and drizzly all morning, but when we gathered the sun came out and it was lovely.  Here are some unedited snapshots...

Lan Su Chinese Garden Instameet

Sunrise at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

On day 4 of my wonderfully packed visit to Iceland for Canopy by Hilton, we took a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa then ate lunch at their terrific restaurant before finally heading to the nearby airport. The perfect way to say farewell to this place. The spa is an oasis of modern luxury sitting alone in stark fields of black lava rock. The lagoon pool itself has a soft floor of what I assume is pulverized rock, and the water is sky blue. When we were there, the air was a hair above freezing; so clouds of steamy fog rose from the water and swirled in the breeze. Breathtakingly beautiful...  

Sunrise at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 2 of 2)

The weather was gorgeously sunny, but biting, biting cold. Once we got all bundled up in our snowsuits, we hopped on our ATVs and rode off through horse pastures to wild, rugged country around Þrihyrningr, Three-Horn Mountain. The stark, desolate beauty of the volcanic landscape reminded me of my childhood in Idaho. But it was also otherworldly. I felt civilization was a million miles away and we were on a new planet. And I remembered, not too surprisingly, that Ridley Scott filmed his gorgeous mess Prometheus in Iceland... 

Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 2 of 2)