Guest photographer takes us a bit out of town for today’s post to see this awesome, awesome plane. His description:
I know this is a wee bit out of town unless we stretch Stayton’s city limits a little north. Say all the way to Hillsboro. I just had to go and see The Liberty Foundation, Inc. B-17, Memphis Belle. It was at the Hillsboro Airport over the weekend giving tours and short flights. I would have loved to have gone on a flight but didn’t. Maybe next time. I must have taken over a hundred shots of her and will send a few your way
In 1989, N3703G was hired for use in the filming of the Memphis Belle movie in England. In July 1989 she crossed the Atlantic with another B-17 to participate in the filming of the movie. Since returning to the U.S., N3703G has continued in the paint scheme of the “Memphis Belle” and continues to fly today to honor our veterans, educate current and future generations as to the high price of freedom and to preserve our aviation heritage.
My biggest problem was deciding which photo should be used up top, because they are all great. Click on the thumbnails below to see the rest of the images. Thank you, Denny!
I adore California poppies, so when I spotted them growing at the edge of the yard at the Bird & Hat Inn on 3rd Ave., I stopped and took too many photos. They’re just so darned pretty, and their color reminds me of a Creamsicle. I haven’t had one of those in years. I’m going to have to fix that.
Guest photographer Joan London brings us this adorable duck, a kind I’d never seen before:
taken May 3rd in the wetlands (near the north end of 3rd Ave.). First time to see the Cinnamon Teal duck.
Very pretty. Thanks, Joan!
Some of you know of my camera’s recent trip to the shop to have its shutter problems fixed. I am happy to report it came back home yesterday, and appears to be in full working order. I want to thank all the guest photographers who helped me fill the last two weeks with some awesome photos. I still have two or three yet to post, in fact. But since I took my camera out for a spin yesterday, I figured I’d post one of the photos I took.
Well, four photos, actually. I couldn’t decide on just one. This dog was having the time of his life chasing after a rather large stick in water beside the Jordan Bridge at Pioneer Park. Did you know it’s hard to get a clear photo of a dog splashing around in the water? It is. I gave it my best shot, though.
Click on the thumbnails below to see more of the dog. He’s adorable.
I’m a bit disorganized, so I’m not sure if I have more guest photographers to post. I’ll try to figure that out later. So here’s one from me of a gorgeous cat I found along Marion St. not long ago. He or she was kind enough to stop and pose for me for a bit before getting bored and moving on.
It’s that time of year for the mushrooms to pop out of the ground. This one looks like a Christmas Tree when it first break ground and then like an umbrella after a few days. I did some research and think this mushroom is an Amanita Pantherina. It said the taste was mild but deadly poisonous. I wonder who did the tasting. Anyway, they are pretty, about four inches across when opened up and look good enough to eat.
Click on the thumbnail to see another mushroom photo. Thanks, Denny!
Guest photographer Tom Miller sent along this cool shot of a nifty old truck next to a nifty old shed or barn or mansion or outhouse (I’m fairly certain it’s one of those). Thanks, Tom!
My camera has been fixed and should get to my house on Monday. Thank you so much to all the guest photographers who have helped me keep this here site thing going over the last week and a half. Each of you rock. Big time.
Guest photographer John Brandt found these hanging birdseed feeders on the trees along a path at Pioneer Park. He was wondering about them…
These things are hanging from most of the trees lining everybody’s favorite walkway in Pioneer Park. My source for bird lore says our birds don’t like the red things in these bird cookies anyway. I’m thinking of taking a nibble myself just to see for myself. I do applaud the impulse however…
I don’t have the foggiest idea of how to properly feed birds. I’ve looked it up in the past and just ended up confused. Interesting subject. Thanks, John!