This is the view of 3rd Ave., the “historic” section of town, as seen from in front of the police station, looking north. The building on the far left is a printing shop of some sort, the white building is Harold’s Jewelery, the red building with the car in front of it has Cartwright’s Music and Ken Cartwright’s community radio station, plus a store which sells blinds. The gray building on the right houses Our Town, a monthly community newspaper.
I was wandering around in a parking lot the other day (as I am wont to do) when I noticed this basketball hoop on the side of a church. I was there to take a picture of the church itself for my ongoing church series, which I did, but it came out poorly, so I’m going to have to do it again.
As an added bonus, the photo at right is of the very same basketball hoop! From a different angle! And in black and white! Wow!
This is one of those happy accident situations, where I happened to look in the rear view mirror of my scooter and notice the reflection. I try periodically to do this on purpose, but getting things lined up right is a bit of a challenge for me. I’m easily confused.
I have succeeded a few times… here’s one I took of early evening sky back in 2006, and another of a bridge from last year. Both of those were taken on my old scooter’s mirrors. I also have a few more in a photoset on Flickr.
The tree in the photo above is in the middle of a parking lot on 1st Ave.
For today’s theme day I kind of went out of bounds — city bounds, that is — to get the photo. It was taken in nearby Salem, and I thought it not only appropriate for the theme day, but it’s also a nice way to wrap up my little tour of Salem (see my previous six posts for more). I had already posted photos of pretty much all the public artwork here in Stayton, and we don’t get much in the way of graffiti.
Frankly, this mural is awesome. It lives on the back of the historic Elsinore Theater, and it’s one of the things I think of when I think of Salem.
From left to right, the figures in the mural are Charlie Chaplin (and a pooch), Theda Bara as Cleopatra, Marlene Dietrich, and WC Fields. It was painted in 1984 by James Mattingly, who was an art professor at what is now Western Oregon University (at the time it was Western Oregon State College). It was paid for by sponsorships and donations.
It must have been quite an undertaking to paint a mural of that scale. I wish I could have taken a photo of it straight on, but there is part of a bank in the way. Silly bank.
I also took some detail shots of the mural… click on the thumbnails below to see bigger versions of the photos:
Many other city daily photo blogs are participating in today’s theme day. Check ‘em out below:
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Today’s the next to last day of our little tour of nearby Salem. This photo is something of a precursor to tomorrow’s city daily photo theme day. It’s a back door of the building where I took the theme picture. If you could look directly above this door, you’d see my theme day photo.
I’m not going to say what it is yet, because to some, that might be a spoiler as to what my theme day photo will be. Of course, some may guess, anyway. I can’t imagine there are many doors like this in Salem.
NOTE: This photo is copyrighted (as are all the photos on this blog) and CANNOT be used without permission! Please respect this and ask first. Thank you.
Guest photographer Moe sent me this beautiful photo he took a few years ago of the Oregon State Capitol Building with the trees in full bloom. I thought it a lovely image to include in our little Salem tour. It’s a nice reminder that spring blooms are just around the corner.
Thanks, Moe, for showing us something most of us probably don’t see every day.
Photo is copyright © Moe. All rights reserved. Do not copy or reproduce in any way without permission of photographer.
My grandparents married there in the 1920’s. My aunt and uncle married there in the 1950’s, on my grandparents’ 25th wedding anniversary. I wasn’t able to go inside the day I was there. Maybe someday.
For more information about the church vist their web site.
Other stops on the Salem tour:
Continuing our mini-tour of nearby Salem (see also: outside and inside the state capitol building), today’s photos are of the 23 acre Riverfront Park along the Willamette River. The park is a work in progress, and has a variety of awesome features — a carousel, pavilion, playground, amphitheater, the Eco Earth Globe, and the Willamette Queen, and the AC Gilbert House…. and probably other stuff I’ve missed.
My friend Steve and I visited part of the park — the carousel, the Eco Globe, and the the pier where the Willamette Queen is docked. We weren’t able to go inside the Queen, since it was closed. The photo at right shows part of the pier.
Eco Earth Globe:
The Eco Earth Globe (click on the thumbnail above to see a bigger version) was created out of a large pressurized tank once used by a paper mill. It now is positive representation of our planet, depicting the various cultures all over the word.
The carousel was built by volunteers who spent many months giving their time to this beautiful creation. The cow (pictured above) stands in the entryway. Her name is Lady Camoolot.
The Pier And Willamette Queen:
According to the Willamette Queen web site, the sternwheeler was designed as a scaled down likeness of the former Mississippi and Yukon Territory Riverboats with paddles that really do propel her.
Tomorrow I’ll show you a church in Salem where my grandparents and my aunt and uncle were married.
Yesterday I posted some photos of the Oregon State Capitol Building and surrounding grounds. Today’s photos are from the inside the rotunda, which is the main entrance to the building.
The photo above is the Capitol dome. My friend Steve actually set up the shot for me and let me use his tripod. The only thing I did was press the shutter.
The photo at right shows the front windows looking out towards the beautiful cloud-filled sky. The photos below show various things — the bronze Oregon state seal, some text engraved above a doorway, part of the murals on the curved walls, and the steps leading up to the state senate chambers. Click on each photo to see bigger versions.
I also took photos from the gallery areas in the house and senate, but they all… well, they suck. The lighting inside the building really isn’t conducive to happy picture taking unless one has better lenses than I possess. Thank goodness for the big windows in the rotunda area for the photos you see here.
Tomorrow I’ll post some photos from Riverfront Park along the banks of the Willamette River in Salem.