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Erica Day by Day - Photo journal '07

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~magpie~ says:

Just returned month-long trip to SE Asia, where I had much opportunity for introspection. I actually picked up a journal and was reminded at how helpful it could be to sort out the muddled ramblings in my brain. A goal I return with is to continue to journal and regularly check in with myself. Take notice of the small day-to-day details that make life so rich.

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Photoset alone (the story without the blab)
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February 18th
angel's rest
Went on a hike in the Gorge - Angel's Rest - with Lara and Matt. It was amazingly springy in the way I mentioned previously - dark grey clouds mixed with sun, a little sprinkle and we had hail! Come on, spring...

(today i began shooting RAW... keep an eye out and throw out any pointers or tips you have. thanks, collards and iramiro for the inspiration! *smooch*)

Some outtakes
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February 19th
self2
A long, slow day.

outtake
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CollardGreens says:

Long slow days are on my "A" list (usually)...Good outtakes on 18th..your post - look at the rocks...the contrast is very good. Editing nef direct allows you to alter one band of frequency (rocks) and not affect others (sky). When you edit - think about which piece of the photo needs attention and which does not...

Here - do we have a looong face or a pensive one enjoying the light? I prefer the latter...good morning !

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satrina* says:

Wow! I always like a lot your self-portraits, I find them very emotional, this one is really great, specially the way your face is in focus and the rest of you seems to be fading in the darkness

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~magpie~ says:

- Thanks, sounds like a good V-day to me!

- Thank you!

- Cockatiels are sweet. Did he bite you often?? Otis rarely bites hard, but his body language may be easier to read than a cockatiels... So your son has another cockatiel or another bird?

- We each brought a dog into the relationship - Frankie & Henneh. Frankie, my girl, an 8-yr old husky/white shepherd mix, and Henneh, Phillip's lady, a 9-yr old German Shepherd. Of course we're all family now... Unless of course one of the dogs does something wrong, then it's YOUR dog... ;)

- I love that song too! I can't believe I didn't know that Roberta Flack sings it too... I'll have to search for that!
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- I still don't know how to do layers yet, or choose a section of the photo. This weekend maybe I'll do a little tutorial and learn a few things....
My face... not sad, just feeling sluggish.

- thanks, I appreciate it! Can't wait to see more of your self-portraits. I rarely did this before the journal. It's interesting to me to try it out...
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February 20th
PSU
I am taking a 2-day continuing ed course downtown. Today was a bit of a let-down, but there were some good inspiring points. I'm hoping it was the warm up and tomorrow will be a bit more on-topic.

This was taken with my FinePix (point-&-shoot) at the hotel in which the course was held. I don't give the FinePix enough credit sometimes. I like how this turned out.
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satrina* says:

You're welcome! and this one did turn out great, love the contrast it has. Hope the let-down was a minor one :)

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~magpie~ says:

They're just not sticking to the main reason we're all taking the course, and going into some basic things that are also important, but... I don't know. I'm keeping an open mind.
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eelend says:

it's very beautiful
i like the light a lot
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~magpie~ says:

merci!

Erica Day by Day 2007
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ParaScubaSailor says:

Love the effect on the picture of the 19th, very effective.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
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Ladybadtiming is a group administrator Ladybadtiming says:

an "effective effect" Para ?
are you trying to win some kind of award ?
but, well, it really is, I have to say !
:-)

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
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'stee says:

i love the colour and the composition of the self-portrait. the lines on the photo for the 20th are great, too!

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Gypsy Flores Photography says:

Love the colors of your Feb. 18 photo. Beautiful. The next two are great too. I have never shot in RAW as my computer is running out of memory as it is. RAW shots are really BIG files. Someday.
Great job.
Thanks for the information on the raptors. That was really interesting.
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ebilflindas says:

Just like with Iramiro, your RAW shots really POP--can't wait to see more. The FinePix does shoot good pictures, too! My last, and my current, camera was/is a FinePix--an A200 before, an F470 now.
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~magpie~ says:

- thanks so much...

- *smiles* ahhhh... only the poetic Lady would note such a thing...

- thank you, there's just something about the gray and the... what color do you call that? Wheat? It's a common color theme here in the fall and when it does happen I am so drawn to it. I love watching nature programs... my husband and I are both self-professed nature dorks. I know you don't have a TV, but there are some fabulous educational programs out there with the visual stuff you just can't get in books! We don't have cable, but I wish I could just order Animal Planet and Discovery... LOL Although that would put me behind the TV more often, which I don't want...

- Thanks! The FinePix does a good job with good lighting. I've taken a few beautiful close-up flower shots too. But with wide, I'm often wanting more, and in low-light. Overall I'm happy with it though, and it's nice for this project not to cart around the DSLR all the time...


Re: RAW storage, I am looking into getting a DVD burner and burning photos on DVD (hold more than CDs) or an external drive. What do you all do? I am terrified of our computer crashing!!!
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bunæn says:

I burn 'em onto DVDs. Incrementally. So by the time I've deleted a photo from my laptop's hard drive, it is backed up about three times. I also have a couple of big external that I use to park photos that I have a notion to work with later.
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February 21st
city/trees
At my lunchbreak, it was sunny. *grins ear-to-ear* I was having an I-love-Portland moment (or hour). I ate my lunch on a parkbench, and then walked around and took many shots. I had a hard time choosing, and I chose this shot because it helps to illustrate one of the reasons I love this city so much. It's hard to take a photo of a building without trees in it, with the exception of the tallest of the tall.

Portland has a city life integrated with nature as much as I've seen. Trees are vital to Portland's landscape. There are many parks. It has some of the best urban-planning in the country, boasting an Urban Growth Boundary law to keep sprawl to a minimum. Public transportation is easy to use and insanely wide-spread, and there's a huge bicycling community.

My course still sucked, but I had this as a highlight so all is ok.

I really like some of my others from today, especially this one.
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- Do you have an internal DVD burner? I was thinking about external. What external hard drive do you have?

What is your thought on the photo in my stream? I'm curious... it wasn't related to my day, but am still wanting to hear your thoughts....
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CollardGreens says:

Yow ! and double yow ! The "this one" shot in photostream is super. I agree with bunaen on incremental burns to dvd, however now a 500G drive is nearly as cheap as the dvd burner and dvds...and a whole lot easier to search and retrieve. I also use a mirror scheme for photos with a second (cheap) internal drive - a local external 500G and a 500G that I store at the office. That way I get 4 copies of the same photo : 1 main internal, 2 mirror internal, 3 extern local and 4 external office. To add (thik I'm paranoid??) to that - any photo that makes the A list is put into a que until 4G que is reached and a dvd is burned. And with all this I have lost photos before !!

On medical training courses - continuing ed etc....I find that more and more it is just review work - getting harded to learn new things. What does this mean? That you have moved to the "experienced" corner of the field...congrats !!

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ragged division [deleted] says:

Hi magpie! great diary and terrific photos. Love your architecture shots. The yellow city/trees is my favorite, only you could have taken this composition. will be back.
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ebilflindas says:

Portland is one of my favorite cities I have yet to visit--for all the reasons you mentioned.

Are you familiar with the coffeehouse Crema? It's owned by a guy who used to be a part-owner of a coffeehouse down here where I used to work. On my trip up to Seattle, I really wanted to stop and see it, but I never saw the exit I was supposed to take--and then before I knew it, I was over the bridge and in Washington!
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satrina* says:

I see why you had a hard time choosing today's pic, your other favorite is great too! Glad to know you had blue skies to help you cope with the sucky course

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dda1605 says:

WooW, great portrait on the 19th.

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lramiro520 says:

Yay for RAW!!! Your photo from the 21st is super sharp! Great job so far! Definitely get a big external hard drive for your RAW files. I don't have nearly as many back-ups as Collard, but I definitely have an external HD and it definitely helps to free up more space on your primary computer. It's nice to keep the original RAW file so that you can re-edit photos later, even if they are really big files. Also, as the RAW software improves over time, there may be opportunities in the future to edit photos in ways that you can't edit them at the moment. Keep it up...they're looking great!

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'stee says:

i would love to visit portland one day and see for myself this great urban landscaping of which you (and your photos) speak.
glad you got some sunshine and blue skies today!

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~magpie~ says:

- thanks so much! Also thanks for the hard drive/DVD input. I think I'll start with DVD, then get a hard drive. So which aspect of the medical field are you in, if you don't mind me asking? I can still find things to study just in the arm, elbow, wrist, and hand topics - such a detailed part of the body. But this was a managerial course. Not so interesting...

- thanks for the faves and compliments. Welcome!

I haven't been to Crema, but just looked it up and will have to check it out sometime. They serve Stumptown coffee which is some of the best out there! yummm...

Thank you!

Thanks for the info... Am excited on the RAW so far!

Thanks much.... I love that you have a random Portland association. I'd love to hear the piece...

- Hey, lady, get yer butt out here.
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CollardGreens says:

Pulmonary medicine...specifically excretion rates of CO2 and how plotting the signal against exhaled volume tells us a story about diffusion of gas and lung function....oh that was more than you asked - Sorry ! CO2 research is the short answer.

Professional life for me is in the details - take care of the small ones and the big ones are not a bother...I guess that could be the title of a book to write..." Sweat the small stuff and the big stuff disappears"

Off to sweat out some details...keep well.

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February 22nd
eggplant
I know, it looks a bit like a turd, but it's eggplant! I baked it in the oven to make Lalalian's Baba Ganoush recipe!
It was so good. Very flavorful and tangy. Yum. Anyway, I was in awe when I pulled the eggplant out of the oven, and it started making these sizzling noises, and then decompressed into this weird wrinkled form you see before you.

Today... Phillip and I learned that we need to go climbing separately from one another for a while. It's one of the few things that consistently triggers irritation with each other. I won't even go into it. Kind of a blah day - that flat gray light, so-so time at the gym, P and I getting into a bit of an argument. But then the Baba Ganoush! (And we've kissed and made up, don't fret.)

(((Happy 60th birthday, Mom!))) Also had a nice chat with Mom & Dad, who are at a B&B celebrating Mom's big day and drinking martinis and Chivas. :D
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satrina* says:

Glad to hear it was just a small argument -and also to hear about the kisses :)

When I saw the pic I thought it was a big dried chile -I'll take a pic of one of them for you to see how they look alike

And very happy birthday to your mom!

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eelend says:

arguments come and go
that's life

mmm i'm starting to think that we should open a topic about cooking and share recipes
:)

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Lalalian says:

Mmmmmm... baba ganoush... {:->
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dda1605 says:

At a first glance I thought it was a big date.....
Happy Birthday to your mom.

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summersumz says:

I'm glad this photo came with an explanation or I would wonder why there was a shriveled fruit in your pyrex dish. Is that a handmade pot holder? Kissing and making up is a good thing, as is discovering boundaries and buttons that should be avoided.

I am going to try your recipe! I love baba ganoush (partly because it tastes so good, and partly because I love to say the words!)
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AllanThinks says:

Martinis and Chivas? At the same time? I can imagine the hangover they will have. ;)

I love baba ganoush, but have never made it at home. I have ben meaning to try Alton Browns recipe. I make hummus all the time, though.

Nice photo of the eggplant.

Allan
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ebilflindas says:

Haha! I thought it was a date, also! Imagine, a date the size of an egglpant! o.O

btw, you've got mail... ;-)
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msspider66 says:

Happy B-day to your mom!

Mmmm baba ganoush.


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~magpie~ says:

- I know exactly what you mean with the chile, you're right (and the date too). It's odd how fascinating it was to watch the shrinking eggplant transformation.

- Good idea - there have been a few recipes exchanged that I know of so far...

- I know, it didn't quite hit me until my conversation with them tonight that they read it... Had to do a quick run-through of what I've said (KIDDING mom and dad - LOL). And thanks!

- thanks Lala, the chef herself! *bows at the waist to Lala*

- Yeah, that'd be one huge date... Thanks...

- welcome, Summer! Thanks for your comments! I added perhaps a touch too much onion this round... (it was probably a large not medium one) I used red onion and don't know if it was just too strong. Still sooooo good though. You'll be happy with it! And it's hard not to say BABA GANOUSH! loudly...

- Mom's drinking the martinis, Dad's drinking the Chivas... :D I love making hummus too and think I've honed down my recipe pretty well. I can share that too if anyone is interested. Love to see what yours is Allan, so I can compare...

- THANK YOU.... I haven't checked it yet but will soon!

Thanks, lady spider...
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~magpie~ says:

ummm.... the eggplant photo has supposedly been viewed 3,018 times. That HAS to be wrong. A Flickr bug? I mean it's not even a great photo, I don't get it??
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CollardGreens says:

I heard 96DPI had some huge number of hits on some of his photos - probably a flickr bug or insomniac !! Good to hear the dip was good in any case...slow saturday.

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AllanThinks says:

The same thing happened to my photo from 2 days ago.

It happened to a lot of people. I guess it was some kind of bug.

Allan
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February 23rd
barn
Took this out my passenger side window at lunch. Didn't have enough time to get out and really take my time. Love old barns around here. I love decaying things in general. What is it? The earth reclaiming itself, or the history? The mystery? This other shot shows how the moss takes over in this part of the country if you're not careful.

I have to try and learn a few things this weekend about using layers and really learning Photoshop. I'm just totally winging it now...
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~magpie~ says:

& - thanks, I knew it had to be something like that... A slow saturday here, too. *sips coffee*
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dda1605 says:

Photoshop is great but not so simple. You may need a bit more than a week-end. Good luck anyway.

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ebilflindas says:

Wingin' it or no, this is a lovely photo. I dig old barns, too. I took a lot of drive-bys on my drive through OR.
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'stee says:

i'd be into that - fer sure!

maybe there are just a lot of eggplant lovers out there and they're looking for photos. all 3018 of them :D
the texture of the wrinklage definitely asks to looked closer at!

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Zuzu*Petals says:

Baba Ganoush is great stuff! Really like your B&W shot on the 20th. Very nice. =)
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bunæn says:

I like barns too. Nice one!
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lramiro520 says:

Hahaha...Great eggplant photo! My mom loves eggplant, except she would cut them into long strips and "grill" them directly over the stovetop fire. As a kid I hated the smell and vowed to never eat that weird-smelling purple vegetable. Last year, at the age of 25, I ate eggplant...and really liked it :) I always find food aversions to be so fascinating because even the weirdest smell can prevent you from trying something for a very very very long time.

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CollardGreens says:

Barn is nice...like them too and drive by shots should be the name of a new photo group (not gang !). Trick...in all photo processing software there is a feature called CURVES or something like that. Use them to brighten or darken a band of light frequencies ...like the sky etc. Slllooooowwweeerr Sunnnnday... *nods off at keyboard...

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satrina* says:

Nice shot. For me it has to be the mistery of the decaying places that always makes me wonder what happened? where's the people that lived/worked here?

Satrina: photo-operational and digitally enabled again ;)
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~magpie~ says:

Yeah, I realize this. I think I might look around for a class or something. Or maybe a photo class that includes some basic Photoshop as part of it?

- I recognize some of those spots! I like the misty barn ones... PS- THANK YOU for the song!!!

Maybe there needs to be an Eggplant Lovers Flickr group if that many folks are excited about them. LOL

Thanks!

Barn lovers unite! thanks....

Olives were like that for me. Now I buy feta-stuffed ones. Mmmm... I still, however, gag at the mere thought of the smell of liver and onions cooking. *gag*

Well, I actually stopped the car for this one, so not technically a drive-by... Thanks for the curves hint. I took a photography mag home from work that talks about using it a little... I'll study it! (on a tangent, my friend Rodney has noticed that Curves - the women's workout place- has started taking over the US. Somewhat like Starbucks. Now that I've said it you'll all notice it more. I don't think it's out of the US at this point yet though...?)

- yeah, the mystery/history piece. The same goes for rusty bits found in the woods or whatnot.
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James KEZMAN Photo says:

I prefer the outtake from 19th -- the directness of your stare draws you into the photo. I like the shot from the 23rd as well -- looks like you desatuarted the colors (especially blue??) to good effect. Good exposure, too -- those are tough ones, nt to blow-out the highlights on the sunnyside & still get good shadow detail :)
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February 24th
philly
Had a nice slow morning with coffee, a dog laying at each foot, and a parrot laughing to himself. Phillip and I went out for a drink with good conversation, and then out for a burger at the Slow Bar. Best burger I've had since I've been to the Northwest, I think. However, we don't eat many burgers... I think I've spoken about our near-vegetarianism...? This was one of the few times we ate meat, and it was local and all that good stuff.
Did taxes today... Awaiting the refund!
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msspider66 says:

Sounds like a wonderful Sunday.

I dread doing my taxes. I think I am going to owe thois year. Yuck

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~magpie~ says:

February 25th
go into the light
Another gray day with flat light. And rain. Bouldered and felt strong. Came home, watched Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman - such a great movie.... Drank wine, went for a walk with P and the dogs. Got rained on at the end of the walk, but it was OK. Then a lazy evening... Enjoyed being silly with Phillip and being a relative homebody this weekend.

A couple outtakes here, of Henneh, and a sweet one of smiling, muddy Frankie.
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Jonathan Riverwalker says:

atta find the bright light on a dull day
(what the hell does atta mean? huh!)
anyway, way to go
:)
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CollardGreens says:

Phillip looks like a monk here...are you having a secret fling with a monk?? Burgers - oh man...THAT is one american delicacy that I really miss - no substitutes !

Taxes..yeah - dread is a good word mme. spider. I have to pay them in 2 countries - impossible to prepare on your own so pay the piper !! ANNNND the IRS takes it's sweet time to declare them satisfactory - can take up to a year to get refunds abroad. They tell me via encrypted email that I am welcome to come and visit their offices if Iam not happy with the delays...yeah right ! (sorry - this was about monks and burgers...)

Hope the weekend was slow and easy for the monk, the parrot and you.

Best - CollardGreens: Oops!

Edit: Oops - good contrast on the lamp in the bosquet...
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satrina* says:

Sounds like you had a great week-end -nevermind the grey light- but my favorite part was "a parrot laughing to himself" and of course, now I'm craving for a burguer...

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eelend says:

sounds good :)



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ParaScubaSailor says:

It's not a coincidence that death and taxes are always mentinned together...

Great pic of the barn, Erica.

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AllanThinks says:

I'm so tired of the rain. I know I shouldn't be. A drought is so much worse.

I just want to see the sunshine more than once a week.

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'stee says:

love the photo of the lamp post. i feel like if we panned down to its base we'd see mr tumnus standing next to it :)

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Jissy says:

tax refunds are great...what u planning on doing with yours? great angle and light on the lampost pic!

Everyday with Jissy
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satrina* says:

Dropping by to say hi, hope things are going well :)
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~magpie~ says:

- thanks for your thoughtful comments!

taxes are certainly no fun... but more motivating if you get a return for sure!

Sometimes it's a struggle, but I do try. Noticing the details helps out.

A monk, heehee... I think it's the hooded sweatshirt and peaceful look - he doesn't have to work a Saturday night for once!

*waves* Hi lady! That was a favorite part of my morning, too... :)

so very, very good. *drools slightly*

LOL, I know... but, again, sweeter with a return coming. And thank you!

- Exactly. If it were able to rain with the sun out a little more, it wouldn't be quite so bad. Sigh.

- yes! I think I even mentioned that in one of my lamp post shots. I've been noticing a lamp post theme in Portland lately... more on that later.

Probably part of it towards tickets home for my sister's wedding this summer, part towards the tickets not quite paid off yet from SE Asia trip. Maybe a macro lens finally?
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~magpie~ says:

February 26th
flight
There has been a bird trend in my life the past couple of days. This is a good thing. Last night, at the park with the lamp post pictured above, P and I watched crows play in the wind. They were diving, banking, plunging. They'd pause, then pull in wings, break into a current, and careen in another direction. Looked joyous.

This morning, the sun was breaking through the clouds... things felt more open. I saw an immature bald eagle and a great blue heron within 30 seconds of each other in the beautiful light. Then saw 3 redtail hawks on the way to work, and watched a redwing blackbird sitting atop a telephone pole, singing its guts out.

They have just been more present lately - the scrub jays, finches, robins, juncos, flickers... all the normal neighborhood guys, but more active. Holding on to that for a sign that spring is close, and winning out over winter's dreariness.

(today's photo is what you see underfoot at the train station for the MAX in Hillsboro.)
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February 27th
mindless
Today winter pulled ahead of spring. To quote Phillip, today was "icky." (Yes, my bearded tough-guy monk said icky...) Cold, windy, rainy, dull light. My feet feel heavy and it's hard to motivate. Was able to get out for a bit and walk the girls... tried to look at the crocuses and daffodils and plum trees blooming... Came home and P and I vegged out and watched The Big Lebowski. (giggle-worthy)
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February 28th
reach
There was a dusting of snow on the way into work this morning - maybe an inch. Part of the commute brings us over a hilly wooded area and it was quietly beautiful. I didn't have my camera on me unfortunately, but have it stored in my brain. I wanted the snow to stay, but it rarely does here. Phillip made sushi - california-type rolls- for dinner. Mmmm... Too dark to photograph on my walk, but took this just before bed.
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~magpie~ says:

March 1st
lamp posts galore
I am really not trying to be "poor me" here. This is a fact of life in the Northwest, which I adore. But sometimes that damn gray just GETS to you. I'd rather have it be dark gray and moody than this shitty flat light. Brought the car in for a 30,000 mile tune-up, and walked home. Took care to notice details like a large coulter pine with a plaque dating it's planting to 1925. A birch with a hole in it for a flicker's home. A tree with buds. A tree with bright salmon-colored branches. A blooming camelia. Someone with freshly-pruned roses (gotta get on that). And more lamp posts! Are there really that many in this town? At Mt Tabor, at the St Johns bridge, at the park near the house, and now here, at Reed College. I never had noticed how big Portland is on it's lamp posts... LOL I almost chose this shot for today, but the one above is more open, and that's the theme I'm trying to hold on to....

Came home, spent time with Phillip, did a touch of work (my day off, but had to do a little bit), went shopping and made a chocolate cake for my co-worker's birthday tomorrow. Also bought her flowers, and may need to buy some for us too. Am excited for my upcoming trip to Olympia to visit old friends this weekend.

I also got my prints from the trip. I ordered them from Adorama, and am disappointed in the colors. Matte, maybe I should have done glossy? I also noticed that I did NOT check the box saying that they shouldn't touch my photos- (that they should develop them exactly like I have them.) Am contemplating returning them... I have one print made at Walgreens of the same photo and the colors are more brilliant. I am really surprised... have heard such good things and don't want to write them off yet.
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ParaScubaSailor says:

I really like the photo with the birds from the 28th, and the shadow of your hand.
Hmmmm, sushi...

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
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~magpie~ says:

PS-Collards, I took some feather photos for you but haven't processed them yet....

Thanks, ParaScuba!
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CollardGreens says:

Yowsa ! Feathers...walls are waiting for art ! I see your are noticing the small details on the way home. Good Stuff. Quick hellos from Italy...we are off to more meetings but I needed a bit of therapy with MDPD...

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satrina* says:

Yay! nice to see you're back! and with great photos. Each and every one of them has details that I like but my fave is Feb 28th, I get lots of feelings from that one :)

Satrina: av meg
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oddityinabox says:


Hey Magpie. I like the single lampost pic you took on the 25th... It reminds me of scary movies...

_ravi | *life through pictures
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BellaGaia says:

sorry, i feel like i've been MIA for so long.... so many great pix -- i think i'll just mosey on over to your photostream and pic up a few favs!!!....
i particularly like the lamppost

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
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lramiro520 says:

Love the lazy-day feel of the Feb27 pic. Nothing like kicking back on an icky day

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'stee says:

yay, you're back! with great photos galore....
you have very comely feet. (is that a weird compliment to give someone?)
looking forward to more photos!

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stee's 2007: a blank canvas
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Jissy says:

oh that cake! yum! i still need to bake my second attempt!
i like the sound of your feb 27th day...so good for the soul, that and choc cake tee hee ;-)
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eelend says:

i like these shots
they are so different, so personal...

eelend's 2007
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CollardGreens says:

You must be very busy...came by to say hello..Hello.

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CollardGreens says:

* Base to Search 1...send out the dogs!

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~magpie~ says:

March 2nd
rainy friday
The rain continues. On my way home I picked up burritos at our favorite dive. Favorite because it's a 2 minute drive and a 15 minute walk from our house, not because of the quality per se... so bad but so good on a dreary Friday. Watched a movie with P while we enjoyed them.
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~magpie~ says:

Thanks so much everyone for your comments. I usually try to respond to everyone individually but have been busy and have to get my entries in here!

(the dogs found me Collards...) ;)
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March 3rd
the oly gang
Drove up to Olympia today to see my old buddies. Lived there for 2 years prior to moving down to Portland where I've now been for 6 years. (wow...) Walked around Oly, went to Laura & Kelly's house where we drank colorful drinks and played Bocce and Apples to Apples. Then we all gathered at Cary & Meg's for yummy pizza and many many (many) beers. Drank a lot over a long time... lots of good conversation and laughter. Got to see Zach and Kate's Ruby girl, who is one of the cutest kids on the planet. She even called me Erica - the girl's got verbal skills!

Bunch of outtakes from today.
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eelend says:

they look very nice
and it seems you had a great night, cheers!
:)


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March 4th
golden nisqually
Thick-headed this morning after all the drinking. Woke up and went to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge for a few hours with Cary. Hiked around, looked at birds, chatted, and just enjoyed the non-raining day. Was feeling the need for some grounding, and this was the ticket. I enjoyed the subtle color of the place - easy to overlook for some reason, but so rich. I chose this photo for that reason, but I have a lot that I like from today. I especially like this one but it doesn't give a good enough idea for today.
Saw hooded mergansers for the first time! They're gorgeous - I love mergansers but have only seen "common" ones.

Check out the many outtakes from today... I like many of them.
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lramiro520 says:

Beautiful photos, these last three. I love the golden color of the ground in the last one.

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CollardGreens says:

Hey Magpie...really nice snap and contrast with your B&W friends. The lady (second from the right) would make a good portrait model - she has an interesting face...next time through. The brown photo above looks like the wet before the spring.

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eelend says:

that's a wonderful shot


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drab chicken [deleted] says:

yay for hiking!
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Яick Harris says:

(yummm make-up ganoush)

I spent 5 days traveling the Oregon coast about 15 years ago. It was sunny every day. It was bliss (with the exception of the weird experiences I had in Seattle -- that doesn't count).
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~magpie~ says:

Thank you!

- Thanks, and I agree.. Meg is a nifty looking lady.

Thanks!

yay, indeed....

That must have been July or August... LOL The grass turns brown and everything dies because of the lack of rain. An interesting contrast...
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March 5th
moon
More sun! I meant to take a photo of something cheery and with blue sky but it didn't happen. I could see the moon clearly though which means - no clouds in the sky.... A GOOD thing.
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March 6th
Biking to town
Half-day at work, came home, loved on Phillip and then we went for a nice long bike ride in the SUN downtown and back. The bike path down there is beautiful - goes for a while in the trees, by the Oaks Bottom marsh, and then through more trees until it opens up along the river. Then across a bridge to town.

This is a bike-by instead of a drive-by. Don't worry, camera strap fully around the neck....

Another shot of my lovely tree-filled city.
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March 7th
bday
Today I turned 32. Not feeling much like myself today... or for the past couple days. Need to check in with my doc regarding (sorry if too much info) birth control. My body doesn't like it much.

Worked only a half day as a treat. Relaxed, went out for a delicious dinner (linguine with portabellos and deliciousness and a wonderful red wine!) had lots of long conversation with Phillip. Listened to some sweet, some silly bday messages on my phone. Possibly shed a couple tears. Took this shot just before bed... tired. See the bags and puffy eyelids... A strange day today...

Also shot the flowers P brought home to me.
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March 8th
Frankie goes to the Vet
Frankie went to the vet today, yet another sinus infection. Argh. It's tough to have sick pets. Henneh's shoulder is also bothering her and I have to bring in Otis because he's messing with his feathers. Sometimes it makes me feel heavy - I worry. I want them all to be healthy and feeling good.... My little ones... (yet notice the tongue here, because the vet gave her 4 treats, which made her happy LOL)

A relaxing day. Disappointed by the movie Running With Scissors, likely because I read the book which was much better (as usual.)
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ebilflindas says:

Aw, happy belated birthday!

Not to belittle the effect b.c. is having on you, but the last week or two have been kinda funky all around...
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~magpie~ says:

Happy to hear I'm not the only one. What's with the stars, moon, or planetary alignments to make the funkiness? I don't like it so much...
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