Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Without further ado...

Hawai'i 2007

Be sure to have a look at Maree's Web Album too!

A note on Picasa Web Albums

When you click on a photo to see it on its own page, take note of the magnifying glass icon to the upper right of the photo and next to the profile pic for my account. This will enable you to zoom farther in and drag the image around for a better look.

MAX'n and Chillaxin'

Tri-Met boasts the deepest transit station in the country, some 243 feet below ground. Along each platform, there is a core sample taken from the site prior to construction on display. As you travel along the sample from the deepest to shallowest depth, there is a historical and geological timeline that summarizes the major events that occured when each rock layer was formed.

Washington Park MAX Station

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Silver Falls State Park

Maree and I met up with Emily and Jim for a nice five mile hike through Silver Falls State Park, about an hour and half south of Portland. The park boasts ten waterfalls, five of them over 100ft tall, and gobs of lush scenery. We parked one car at the southern trailhead, and the other at the northern end, and had an easy hike that was mostly gently sloping downhill along the creek. The water flow was lower than what I'm accustomed to, but the falls were still spectacular. I'm trying something new this time, using a Picasa Web Album to show the pics instead of posting them all on the blog. Just click on the pic below and then press the Slideshow button above the first pic. Let me know if you like this way better.

Silver Falls State Park 8-22-07

A short clip of Lower South Falls, blasted video compression!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

"Oh, it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you..."

Maree and I took part in the Providence Bridge Pedal, a yearly event where bicyclists have the opportunty to ride over all ten bridges that span the Wilamette River in Portland. Maree and I got up early and headed downtown to meet up with friends who were riding. Maree and I did eight of the ten beidges: Morrison, Sellwood, Hawthorne, Ross Island, Marquam, Burnside, Steel, and Fremont. Aside from an insane bottleneck getting onto Ross Island, it was smooth sailing for most of the ride, with most people taking an easy going pace. What was especially cool was that the top decks of the Marquam (I-5) and Fremont (I-405) bridges were closed for the event, providing peds and cyclists a once a year chance to set foot on these otherwise off-limits spans. At the top of each were mini-festivals with live music, free water and snacks, free samples from sponsors, as well as free bike repair from local bike shops. The Marquam featured a jazz band playing ragtime, and the Fremont had a group of bagpipe players. We cut our ride short, deciding against riding another 12 miles to cross the St. Johns bridge, and made our way back to the waterfront park for eats at the Bite of Oregon. Our ride was about 24 miles long, and in total we probably did closer to 30 with commuting to and from the event added in. It was really the perfect day for a ride, cloudy, in the 60s, no wind. Not to mention a bitchin' sunrise and sunset. Bless.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007

Big Loop

I went for an evening ride today with my camera. I took Burnside east to the I-205 bike path, and took the path until I got to the Columbia River. There is a bike path that runs along the river that is a real blast to ride. I turned to the west, with the sun sinking in the sky before me, and the river glistening to the right. I had a pretty strong headwind, which made for a more strenous, buy satisfying ride. The airport is right next to the river, so I had opportunities to get some pictures of planes coming in. There was also a good deal of boat traffic on the river, and many people had already set up camp on one of the islands in the middle of the river. I also noticed that there are some huge houses on the Washington side of the river. Who needs that much house??? I had the pleasure of what I think was a hawk slowly making its way up the river, pausing and hovering while looking for fish. Eventually it got to where I was situated, and managed to get a clear shot. If you look real close, you can see that it's looking right at me. I took some random car and truck shots as they passed on Marine Drive and captured something truly random. An 18-wheeler pulled up to watch the planes come in, and I took a picture of it as it approached. Nothing special about that, except that when I got home I noticed that the driver was traveling with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Homer Simpson!!! WTF! He also happened to be the first trucker I've ever seen with dreads...strange.

I stopped off at New Seasons on 33rd and Killingsworth to grab a beverage and stopped to get some BBQ at Cannon's. MMMMmmmmm BBQ pork sandwich.

Overall I'm quite pleased with my purchase. This camera easily outperforms my Olympus in terms of responsiveness and image quality. I've got a couple movies that I'll post up soon, takeoffs and landings, what-have-you...