Posts tagged streets
I think guest photographer Maryann Nielson really captured the hustle and bustle of 3rd Ave., which she described as:
Hot summer night in downtown Stayton.
Yes. If you’re looking for a veritable hotbed of activity, look no further than Stayton at night. But don’t just take my word for it. The photo speaks for itself.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Today’s photo is a repeat. New Year’s Day is the only time I post a duplicate photo. It’s a way of reminding myself what on earth I posted the previous year (I forget), and picking out a favorite to share as a way to wrap up the previous year.
Ever Onward (see the original post) was taken just barely outside of town, on Fern Ridge Rd.
Other personal favorites:
- Holding On To Good
- Maybe Run Through The Fire
- Seize The Day
- 2012 Fireworks Show
- In The Quiet
- The Good Things I’ve Found
- Perigee Moon
- Where Is My Mind
- In The Night
- Proof Of The Matter
This is a leaf in some rainwater on a street. I think that pretty much sums up Oregon during the autumn months.
In other news, there are a bunch of holiday happenings around town today (check StaytonEvents.com for the list). I’ll be attending the Santa Cruise-In car show at Stayton Fire Department and the Christmas and craft bazaar at Stayton Middle School. I might visit the tree lighting, too, depending on if I have any energy left, and if the weather cooperates. If you see a short round woman with a perpetually confused look on her face (plus a camera in her hand), say hi.
If you’ve heard anything about Oregon, it’s probably that it rains a lot here. The summer is pretty dry, but the rest of the time, we do get the rain. I’m not complaining, though, because that rain is what makes Oregon beautiful.
I took this photo last month on Marion St. where it crosses 3rd Ave. I had stopped under a tree to avoid the torrent of rain you see in the picture. The building on the left is US Bank. The building at the end of the road is the library. The building in the middle… I don’t know what it is, but it has (or possibly had, since I haven’t look recently) a wooden flamingo on it.
The trees came from Mother Nature. The streets came from big trucks filled with stuff they make streets from. The vehicles came from mommy and daddy vehicles who love each other very much, or maybe it was a one night stand. I don’t know. The wood of the pole came from a tree.
I was feeling a bit antsy since I hadn’t shot a sunset in a while, so last night I went up the hill on Fern Ridge Rd., just across Highway 22 to get this shot. The car lights in the middle of the photo are from the highway.
I kind of (and I stress “kind of”) risked my life to get this photo. The road isn’t very heavily traveled (I saw only a few cars while I was there), but wasn’t anywhere to park my scooter to shoot this, so I had to sit on it in the middle of the road while taking pictures.
I don’t know if you are sufficiently prepared for the excitement of today’s photo of the north end of 10th Ave. Sure, you might be thinking, “That’s just a photo of a street. No big deal.” But that is where you are wrong. Oh, yes, so very wrong.
The excitement comes in when you learn this: it didn’t used to have turn lanes. That’s right, that turn lane is brand new. And the shoulder (bike lane) on the left side is also new — it used to be dirt and gravel. I know, this is thrilling stuff! I’m sorry if you feel faint or weak. It will pass soon. Be sure to eat something. It will help.
They are also putting in sidewalks along the left (east) side of the street along most of the road. A couple of houses aren’t getting sidewalks in front of them, though I’m not sure why.
In all seriousness, the new paving is awesome and very welcome, as are the new bike lanes and sidewalks. Though I have to mention — when turning right onto Fern Ridge Rd. from this end of 10th, you can’t properly see to the left if you are stopped at the line. There’s a big bush in the way. Something should be fixed there.
Locals may have noticed the street construction on 10th Ave. The south side (shown above) of it is presently closed. From what I vaguely remember reading (I tried to find the article, I swear!), construction will be ongoing over the next handful of months to give the street sidewalks and actual shoulders the length of the road. Which is cool. The area above has no sidewalks, and I see people walking along there pretty frequently. Good to know it will be safer very soon.
I took this 118-second exposure two nights ago on the north end of 3rd Ave. It was a bit of luck getting multiple cars in the shot, since Stayton doesn’t really get much traffic at night. Or during the day, for that matter, especially along this particular bit of road.
It is spring now, right? Because I’m pretty sure Mother Nature didn’t get that memo, at least not around here. It snowed or snow/rained pretty much all day yesterday, and last night it flat out snowed. When I went out last night to take this photo, there was about 2.5 inches on the ground.
I’ve heard other places around the country have been having unseasonably warm weather, but not here. No, here it’s been unseasonably white. Someday… someday our spring will come.