Fall · Nature

Mom’s Tree

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They say you can’t see the forest for the trees, but what if you can’t see the trees for the forest? In my search for fall color, I found this graceful sapling standing in the afternoon spotlight between two giants. This is the picture my mom loves. She does tend to root for the underdog. 🙂

If you would like to purchase this image, you can do so here.

Fall · Nature · Uncategorized

Following the Fall Colors

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McDowell Creek Park, Linn County, Oregon
My only other companion. Hello Deer!

It’s been sunny in Oregon, which is weird, because by now we would ordinarily have had many inches of rain. It’s been nice for photography, though. I was able to get out the other morning and shoot at McDowell Creek Park. It’s in a small valley, so even at 9:00 a.m. I beat the sun and worried for my safety, as it is in cougar country. I saw some tracks by the side of the road and was checking them out. As I turned to head back to my car, I saw something up the gravel road across the street from me. A buck was about halfway up the hill, watching me. I went back to my car and stood there silently, hoping he’d come down.

He started making his way down through the brushy hillside and crossed the road down a ways from where I was waiting. Darn! I grabbed my camera and walked toward the river, thinking (mistakenly, perhaps) that if there was a deer, there probably wasn’t a cougar. As I rounded the bend,  there he was, watching me. I managed to fire off a couple of shots before he went bounding into the underbrush. I have to say, this was the highlight of a beautiful day in the woods.

Oh, and I got a decent shot of the fall colors, too. 😉 If you are interested, it can be purchased here.

Travel · Uncategorized

Salt Lake City

Mr. A and I recently took a trip to Salt Lake City. We went to see a concert, but we also hit the streets and saw a lot of the city and surrounding areas. Our first night there we enjoyed the beautiful display of Christmas lights all around the city and especially in Temple Square.


Philanthropic Art Winners

I recently created a fun poster using a dog image from the X-Treme Air dog show at the state fair. I will be donating the proceeds of this image to Chase Away K9 Cancer. It got me wondering how many others use their art to raise money and awareness for their cause.  I decided to host a contest on Fine Art America and make this the criteria for entry. The prizes would be promotion on my blog and social media pages.

The poster that inspired me can be found here.

And here are our winners!

First place:

Proceeds donated to shelter for refugee abused women.

Photography Prints

Second Place:

Proceeds to to WildAid/WCN/WCS (wildlife conservation)

Photography Prints

Third place:

Proceeds go to an animal shelter.

Photography Prints

Click on the links to check them out, or see all of the entries by clicking here. Thanks for visiting!