Shooting Journal

September 28, 2010

It would be hard not to like a town with a theater named "Wilma". The laid-back town of Missoula, Montana is such a place. There seems to be a very tolerant attitude that is reflected in the intriguing variety of people who, along with our son, call it home.

September 22, 2010

The tale we were told about the name of this town in Idaho involves the early French explorers of the area attempting to buy the land from the native Americans for a few trinkets.

September 19, 2010

Weather along the Columbia River Gorge corridor can vary quickly and dramatically. Driving east from Portland, Oregon toward Hood River, we encountered low, dark rainclouds, mist on the wooded hills, and blue skies with fluffy white cotton ball clouds.

August 13, 2010

The new Tamron 18-270 lens I've been using has made it easier to obtain sharper macro images. Thus, I've discovered the world of insects up close and personal.

July 5, 2010

Just prior to the July 4th weekend this year, I had my Nikon sent away for a sensor cleaning. Feeling bereft, I faced the holiday with only my little Leica C-Lux 2 point and shoot.

June 18, 2010

The Piatt Castles are two large homes east of West Liberty, Ohio, built around the time of the Civil War, that are open to the public and entertaining to visit.

June 16, 2010

In preparation for a date to photograph a friend and her small child, I spent a morning exploring Wegerzyn Gardens, another of the Five Rivers MetroParks, since this seems like a great place to get both candid and posed shots.

June 11, 2010

Bear's Mill is near Greenville, a small town in rural Darke County, Ohio. This old mill, set on a small stream east of town, is open for tours. The gift shop on the first floor offer interesting shapes and colors, local art, fragrant lotions and candles and great browsing.

June 6, 2010

The small city of Oakwood, on the south border of Dayton, Ohio, sponsors an annual garden tour. This year was the first time my Nikon and I attended, enjoying a warm, sunny morning wandering at leisure through beautifully landscaped estates, pretty neighborhoods with small shady yards and the sound of fountains and lawn sprinklers.

May 9, 2010

Asheville, North Carolina is a town that displays its artistic flair in the city buildings, murals, and sculptures that appear everywhere.