Monday, August 21, 2017

Quiet Places

I've visited a few peaceful places lately, where tranquility can be found in a number of ways. The first was the cemetery in Fort Langley, which contains many historic monuments. I've always loved old cemeteries, and have attempted to capture their essence on several occasions. This time feels like I'm getting closer..... 

Persistence of Memory

James James
Copyright 2017, Kathy Neudorf




Sunday, August 20, 2017

More Quiet

This time at a beautiful rural property in Chilliwack, on a perfect summer's day.
Reflecting Pool

Lilies
Copyright 2017, Kathy Neudorf

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Blue Heron Sanctuary

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush", or so it is said. At the Blue Heron Sanctuary near Chilliwack, the birds weren't even in the bushes. With winter retreating slowly, they were likely hesitant to show themselves. No matter. The area was lush and tranquil; the wetlands soon to burst into birdsong. Water was everywhere, which is always a joy to photograph. 

Bridge

Awakening Forest

Spring Pond

Woods and Water
Copyright 2017, Kathy Neudorf

Friday, March 24, 2017

Double Vision

It's been a long, cold winter here, the kind that discourages outdoor photographic junkets. During a recent indoor shoot with the Brass Band Art Group, I explored the camera's "multiple exposure" setting. Some shots were taken on a tripod, others were hand held. All were great fun to do. 

Spring Flowers
Still Life


Indonesian Cloth




Paddle
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Myra Canyon

In early fall I achieved a life long ambition - to cycle the Kettle Valley Railway. Although I would love to bike the entire route, Myra Canyon, near Kelowna was a great start. Spectacular vistas were at every turn, and it was inspiring to cycle the path of the ancient trains. The historic trestles were destroyed by fire in 2003, but have been rebuilt. Relics of that fire remained; charred tree trunks pierced the lush regrowth, while the autumn color added flames of its own. 

Fire in the Valley

Burning Bush

Turning Leaf

Rain Shadow

Rebirth

Shadow and Light

Trestle

Two for the Rail Bed
Canyon
Copyright 2017, Kathy Neudorf

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Wonders of Oregon - Waterways

Travel Oregon has a great destination program called "7 Wonders". I have visited some of these places, but there are other, equally stunning landmarks that don't make the list. Below are some examples from the Central and Southern Regions of Oregon. Did I mention I like water?

Rogue River Canyon
Rogue River Falls
Rogue River Flow
Rogue River Canyon I
Pearsoney Creek
Union Creek Falls
Prospect Falls
Copyright 2016, Kathy Neudorf

The Wonders of Oregon - Covered Bridges

We stopped at a few of Oregon's many covered bridges. These historic sites are sometimes tucked away in unexpected places, and it's always a delight to see one suddenly appear. Often they have been moved from their original locations, lovingly restored and maintained by local communities. Each one is unique and very special: a reminder of an era gone but not forgotten. 

Rock o' the Range Bridge, near Bend


Goodpasture Bridge, near Vida, over the McKenzie River

Cavitt Creek Bridge, near Glide, over the Little River

Rochester Bridge, near Sutherland, over Calapooya Creek

Calapooya Creek in the Rain, from Rochester Bridge
Copyright 2016, Kathy Neudorf

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Wonders of Oregon - Through The Glass On McKenzie Pass

The Oregon Saga continues, to the McKenzie Lava Fields. These are accessed by a narrow, winding road through the McKenzie Pass. The route is lined with trees, and the three images below were shot through the vehicle window as we whizzed by. The lava fields are surreal, a bowling alley for the Gods. The winds are so fierce I could barely stand still enough to press the shutter. 


Bend In The Road


Bloom
Roadside Attraction
McKenzie Lava Fields
Copyright 2016, Kathy Neudorf


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Wonders of Oregon - Smith Rock

Smith Rock is almost beyond description, so I will let the pictures do the talking. Rock climbers come from all over the world to scale its sheer, towering cliffs. The colors, the textures, the overwhelming majesty. Wow.

Crooked River
Fenced

Approach to Smith Rock
Copyright 2016, Kathy Neudorf

Friday, October 28, 2016

Brave And Crazy

Today we lost our precious dog, Kylie. She was nearly 16 years old. We got her as a young adult, rescued from a puppy mill that was shut down. In her early life she mothered many beautiful babies, and her back was bent from carrying those litters. 
It took our girl a while, but she adapted, blossoming with true Australian Shepherd spirit. We were treated to her indomitable will, sharp wit, and ready grin. She never lost these gifts, and even as her body weakened, she amazed us with her strength, courage and resourcefulness. 
Eventually, the burdens became too great, and we had to let her go.
We miss you terribly, angel pup. You were one in millions. 
Hugs and kisses.


Travelin' Girl
Copyright 2016, Kathy Neudorf


video
Kylie and Sage playing, 2013



Sunday, September 4, 2016

A Walk In The Park

Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver is well worth a visit. It's my old stomping grounds - in the past I spent countless hours walking its trails and savoring the fresh perfumes of wood and water. It was wonderful to revisit the old pathways a few weeks back - the river was running high, and the foliage was lush and green. 

Foot Path

Full Flood

Summer Greens

Upstream

Copyright 2016, Kathy Neudorf



Friday, August 26, 2016

The Joy of Low Tech

Last weekend I visited Vancouver Island. I left my camera at home. This was deliberate - I didn't want to be weighed down with gear as well as luggage. Predictably, some of our destinations proved to be photographically irresistible, so I grabbed the tool at hand: my Samsung S3 Smartphone. Here are 2 shots from the Horticultural Center of the Pacific, and one from the spectacular Orveas Bay Resort, near Sooke. 

Japanese Garden, HCP
Fire In The Sky, HCP

Bench In Flowers, Orveas Bay
Copyright 2016, Kathy Neudorf

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Colony Farm

I recently had a late day outing to Colony Farm Regional Park in Port Coquitlam. I have lived here for decades, yet have never heard of it, much less visited. It was peaceful, green and bisected by the lazy Coquitlam River. We explored the Community Garden, which was bursting with summer's bounty and glowing in the evening light. Such a pretty place....

Echinacea

Tableau

Evening in the Grove

Sweet Peas
Under the Bridge
Copyright 2016, Kathy Neudorf