I did have the pleasure of having my brother and his wife visit us from California for a week. We took “full” advantage of the Ale Trail program which requires you to go to 10 local breweries and try their beers. Get your program stamped by them and pick up a gift from the Visitors Bureau. I probably drank more beer than I’ve drank in 20 years. I’m still waiting for a “Scotch Fest”!


Here’s a couple of pictures of some really sharp cars that were at the Redmond Harvest Run car show over the weekend. For a relatively small show, they had some really great old cars.


1936 De Soto grille


1936 De Soto Airflow in pristine condition


1940 Ford coupe


1953 Packard convertible


1960 Dodge Phoenix 2 door


Custom Willys







Summer in Portland

I had to make my semi-annual run over to Portland to meet with my oncologist the first of this week. I had a little time on Sunday to go around and shoot some photos of Portland’s downtown waterfront and surrounding areas. The weather was cool and breezy for this time of the year and the clouds were just about perfect.

Portland waterfront along the Williamette River

Northwest of Portland on the way to Astoria, Oregon, is a place called Sauvie Island. Most of the island is delegated to farming and a large segment is designated as a wildlife area. The mighty Columbia River passes along the northern shore providing beaches for the summertime visitors.

Strawberries are in season right now and there are numerous locations to either pick your own or buy them already to go. Corn is on the way.

Breezy afternoon on Sauvie Island

If you’re in the Portland neighborhood, you have to go over to the Eastside of Portland (that’s east of the Willamette River) and drive around the streets of Hawthorne, Burnside, Belmont, Woodstock, Stark, and others too many to mention. There are enough little hole in the wall restaurants to keep your appetites wetted for at least a month or so. I think it’s why the slogan for Portland is “Keep Portland Weird”. What an array of dining choices.

Guy Fierri of Diner’s, Drive-in’s, and Dive’s fame on the Food Network has shown at least two of these. Otto’s Sausages on Woodstock near Reed College and Pine State Bisquits on Belmont. I’ve been to Otto’s a few times and can attest to it’s greatness. This time I went to Pine State to try out their bisquits and gravy. I wasn’t disappointed. Try the Reggie if you go.

That’s it for now. Hope everyone will be enjoying the summer!

A Bright Shiny Day

Finally, a day that isn’t overcast and rainy. Perfect for a small car show. Especially if it’s old Porsches. (Maybe some newer ones, too.)

The 856 “Tub” Super


Original 912 owner. Not the doggy.


Not street legal


A handsome trio


Sun Spot

I had a terrible time with photographing the moon a month or so ago with it’s eclipse so I thought I’d give it a try with the Sun and Venus sliding across its face. Had better luck this go around.

Photographing the sun brings lots of challenges. Like what kind of filter do you use to look right into it? This first picture, I put three different kinds of neutral density filters together.

The next photo, I used an infrared filter that is so dark, you can hold it to the sun and look through it without the sun hurting your eyes. This is the first time I’ve ever used it. After buying it over the internet, I didn’t realize how dark it was and couldn’t find anything to use it with. I will now save it for sun shots!

So out of 60 photos, I had about 6 that showed little Venus covering the sun. Thank goodness for digital cameras.

See you all next time around!


A Memorial Day Thank You!

Fallen But Not Forgotten


A day of not only celebration for our Country, but also to those who paid the ultimate price to guarantee our freedom. And to those who continue to serve our Country to keep that freedom alive.


And for those who are awaiting the running of the Indiannapolis 500 this weekend, here’s my tribute to Carroll Shelby and the American Cobra.

Sunny Days?

Well, it’s been overcast, dreary, rainy, and very windy for the last several days. So windy that a tree snapped in front of my neighbor’s house and fell onto his roof. Nothing horrible, only cosmetic damage to the roof and front facade.

But, here we are just a couple of days from Memorial Day and they, the illustrious weathercasters (also known as Ouji board enthusiasts) have been predicting the possibility of snow this evening. It’s cold enough, about 39 degrees when the dog and I went to the mailbox.

I guess when it all clears up, I can get out and start taking photos with bright sunlight. Or least sunlight without benefit of overcast skies. In the meantime, I was meandering through some pictures in my collection and decided to maybe get a jump on those sunny days.


The 9th Tee at Crosswater Golf Club, Sunriver, Oregon


Alaskan Mountains near Hubbard Glacier


These photos have perked me up now. Hope they did for all of you as well if your day is cold, wet, and dreary. TTFN!