Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Another coastal trek

Sunday was a road-trip day, and an awesome day for it. The surf was huge and just booming against the rocks, an amazing sight. This is from the State Park just north of Depoe Bay.

This is Cascade Head, we watched a couple of sufers headed in. The weather was nice that day, not too windy and not raining. A great day for discovering.

Those same surfers a few minutes later... you can see the surf behind them as it completely obliterates a huge rock. The waves were nothing short of spectacular.
This was atop a carport roof in Pacific City. Definitely an eyecatcher. Nuff said.
We came across this little Jack Russell Terrier with a fetish for sticks. I had picked up and inspected that same chunk of wood a few minutes before they came along behind us, and he was carrying it. It was nearly as big as he was, and he eventually left it behind when he got tired of carrying it.
One of the overlooks we stopped at... someone had left these cans of food behind... they are so bulged that they aren't even sitting on their rims. We were careful to not touch them, lest they explode on us. The strange things people do...
You know I love road trips and can't wait to go again!
It's a quiet time of year, time for reflection, planning, and battery-charging.
Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Clean Slate

This is the time of year for new beginnings and for starting over with a clean slate. The solstice is the mental turning point for me, I know that the new year is the turning point for most, bringing hope and promise and things unknown and as-yet unexperienced.
I think 2009 is going to be a very exciting year for me. I will be learning and growing and adding lots of adventures and wisdom to my life. Some things will change, most things will remain constant... and for that I am very thankful.

I hope the new year ahead brings you the things you want most.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wintertime

Now we are 10 days from the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Also the longest night of the year. The changing of the seasons again, and after the solstice, the daylight hours will increase incrementally and imperceptibly. But we know.
I always look forward to spring and the ability to spend some quality time with my horses after work. As it is now, it's completely dark before I even leave the studio at 5, so I don't spend a lot of time with them... I sure do miss them. I love to be outdoors doing just about anything. I'll be celebrating the solstice as I'm sure many of you will in your own ways.

December also brings a very special visitor to the studio. Come out and bring your friends and family for my 4th Annual 'Portraits with Santa' event!

Toledo has a whole slew of exciting events happening this Saturday including the lighted parade at 5:30. Freckles and I will be walking in the parade this year with lights and bows and bells on our toes... should be a fun time in the old town that night. Come on out and join us!