The advantage of living in Oregon is the variety of geography we have within a day’s drive. And the fact that every season features some part of our state in a unique way. Since I am limited in my time off and ability to travel far – I am currently enjoying my own Oregon re-exploration. Although most think of the Oregon coast as a place to visit in the summer- winter is my favorite time of year – less people and fantastic storm watching. What a rush to see huge swells approach the headlands. To watch a squall approach from the sea and have it slam you head on. Last Sunday morning I remarked to someone – when those winter storms it is a perfect time to either sit inside and cozy up with a book or its a perfect time to be IN IT! To face the wind and let the Gert Boyle in you come out! (Oregonians will get that reference).
Taken in 2009. Found this church at the end of a dirt road while trying to get lost among the vineyards of the Luberon in Provence, France.
I am hearing a lot (and reading about it too) – about how important creativity is to our mental well being and how it nourishes the soul. I had not thought about creativity much because I kind of suck at being artistic. I have wickedly talented people in my family – my oldest brother is an amazing boat designer and builder (check out Brooks Boats), my mom is this renaissance woman – cellist, painter, creative gardener… (and that’s just the stuff I know about…if you know my mom this will make you smile) and my brother Phil is a super talented guitarist – he blows my mind with how he can make his 10 fingers all do something different yet together they create beautiful music.
I can shoot free throws with my eyes closed (yes they usually go in). But I do love taking pictures. All the pictures I have shared on this blog to date are mine. Sometimes you are fortunate with location – Paris looks good no matter what. But the picture above was taken on my porch. With an iPhone.
I love that iPhones have allowed us to carry the possibility of creativeness with us every day. I love Instagram and being inspired by the thousands of photographers out there and how we all see the world a little differently.
This Thursday I am attending Newspace Center for Photography’s inaugural Photo Jam – a combination of instagram, art gallery photo show and Top Chef like photo contest. I can’t wait. Let the creative in you shine!