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Jumpjumpin

My brother and his wife Ashley were as far as I know, the first to master the “jumpjump.” A timed jump,  two people, one epic moment.  It’s awesome on many levels so of course, Kendra and I copied them.  This is my wife and I jumpjumpin at the holycrapawesome beach of Oceanside, Oregon.

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Oceanside is pretty much all yes, no no.  And that my friends is a double negative so again, all yes.

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Listen to me: go here!!  Stay at the cabins right at the water.  You’re welcome.

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Tame

Tame

How neat is this? She landed right on my hand! On a snowshoe hike around Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood we ran into these friendly fliers. Of course I didn’t feed it but pretended I had food so I could get a picture.

I guess animals like me.


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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

The beauty of this moment will be with me to the end of my days. Exceedingly rare is the photographic moment when everything comes together in such harmonious perfection. I was literally jumping up and down when I got this shot.


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Sandbar

Sandbar

The simple life.


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Sits

Sits

Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.


Dear John

We had just begun a four-hour drive to a family reunion so it wasn’t exactly a good time to stop; my fiance’s father John was driving and we were on a schedule.  I really wanted to take a photograph of this red barn though.  I had been talking about it for days before finally having this opportunity and didn’t want to just cruise past only to spend the rest of the drive dwelling on what I missed.  I kindly asked if it might be okay for us to stop for just a few minutes so I could set up a quick photograph.  To my delighted surprise, John agreed and patiently pulled his truck to the side of the road.  It was in that moment I knew John had accepted me into the family.

On all our trips together since, he made a point to pull over whenever we saw a beautiful landscape.  He was an incredibly patient and loving man.  On May 4, John passed away from a cardiac pulmonary embolism.  He was 68.

I am incredibly grateful for the time I had with this charming, good-spirited, amusing and lovable man.  He will be deeply missed.


Split Open and Melt

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My friend Brian and I went to Trillium Lake two evenings ago to photograph this amazing landscape. Neither of us expected so much ice to be on the lake but even without perfect reflections all the way through the water, the view did not disappoint!  The melting ice is probably a somewhat unique sight as most people come here to either snowshoe in winter or camp in the summer.  Pretty neat.