Winter Storms

Juvenile Seagulls

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).

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Being Creative

Flower

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!